Following on from my previous post about YA Gothic novels, the Costa Book Awards has announced that the winner of its Costa First Novel Award 2015 is The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley. Set in the northwest of England, it looks like a wonderfully traditional take on the Gothic genre with critics suggesting that it brings to mind Walpole, Du Maurier and Maturin. The reviews are very positive and I am looking forward to seeing how Hurley’s novel uses the British setting to consolidate the spirit of the text.
In a similar vein (pun intended), Griff Rhys Jones’ new television series sees him travelling the British Isles in order to explore how the landscape influences the nature of the British people. His show will include an episode on vampire hunting in Whitby. I have a great love for Yorkshire – not least because of its Gothic heritage – and I am pleased to see that Griff will be visiting Pandemonium one of the first Goth shops that I ever visited. I look forward to some unsettling reading and nostalgic viewing to explore how the past can both haunt and comfort us.