Scare tactics! Secrets of the Gothic novel

As she prepares to talk about Frankenstein at Hampstead Theatre, Kate Mosse tells Dan Carrier how the genre is all a question of light and shade THE Gothic novel is a battle between contrasts, according to bestselling novelist Kate Mosse. Kate, known for her historical fiction that often has dark themes running through it, was a founder member of the Orange Prize and as one of the co-organisers of the Hampstead Festival, held this week at Hampstead Theatre, will be talking about Frankenstein and the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s ground-breaking work. And she says a crucial aspect of any novel that fits into the Gothic genre is a sense of a battle between conflicting power – a mark of the Victorian era that saw the genre take off. “It is a fiction based on darkness and light,” says the author, whose latest book, The Burning Chambers , is out in May. Kate Mosse “It is about opposites, it is about the rain and the night, and then it is also about the sun being eventually let in and the world shining once more.” This, she says, speaks volumes about the era the books came from. Though the first […]

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