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spooky gothic literature

Question of the Month: Spooky

by Susan Henderson on April 4, 2011

What is your favorite spooky story, and in what way do you enjoy being afraid?

I’m on a spooky, gothic reading binge these days… Daphne du Maurier, the Brontë sisters, Shirley Jackson. And I’ve been gobbling up gothic movies, too: Phantom of the Opera, The Haunting of Hill House, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, and all things Hitchcock. Are you getting the idea of my new book?

I have so much to talk about but no time to do it because I’m in the middle of judging a fiction contest; and in May, the UK version of UP FROM THE BLUE launches so I’m busy with interviews, magazine articles, and whatever the UK team asks me to do. Here is the UK cover, by the way…

Some links to recent interviews: Michael Kimball (author of the beautiful heartbreak, DEAR EVERYBODY and the brand new US, which I’m reading right now) interviewed me at The Faster Times; Juneau and Xena interviewed me for their Adam Lambert-focused radio show; and Tim O’Shea interviewed me over at Talking with Tim. The Ocean City library posted a nice blog about my book here, and A Certain Book posted one, as well, but there’s a big spoiler in it so don’t click if you haven’t read the book. I also have an article in this month’s American Book Review, and I’m doing something very exciting this week that I’ll report when I’m certain I won’t jinx things. Soon, maybe next month’s post, I want to talk about my trip to San Diego. It involved lots of Kleenex and turned my head around in the best of ways, but I want to really take the time to tell the story right so you can benefit from it.

Let me end with a big thank you to Sally and Christie at the Gallery Bookshop who wrote to tell me they sold 70 copies of my book just from talking it up to their customers. Yay for indie booksellers!

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