Book Groups and Author Visits

Each week we have a book group on Tuesdays. There are two slots: 10 am and 7 pm (GMT) and you’re very welcome to either, wherever you are in the world and however much you’d like to participate. To sign up get in touch with @RomGothSam on twitter or send an email to sam@romancingthegothic.com

2nd August

We haven’t read any of Emezi’s work so far but they’ve been on my list for a while! We’re starting with Pet and meeting monsters.

There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she must reconsider what she’s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster–and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption’s house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also uncover the truth, and the answer to the question How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?

9th August

For a group with a Radcliffe expert as its organiser, this book group has survived without forced Radcliffe reading for too long!

We’ll be reading Radcliffe’s second novel and the one which introduces her signature style of the Gothic. Shorter and more action packed than some later works, Sicilian Romance will take us through more underground passages than we can shake a stick at, shock us with various (not at all obvious) reveals, and introduce the ‘explained supernatural’ technique in perhaps it’s most iconic form!

You can find the novel online here

16th August

We were long overdue some further adventures in Widdershins… This series though is all about the librarians (everyone’s favourite!)

Romance! Lovecraftian weirdness! Mystery! Adventure!

If you haven’t read Hawk already, take our recommendation and dive in.


23rd August

In preparation for our ‘Wild Heart Bleeds’ conference (exploring female and sapphic vampires), we’re reading two short stories from two authors on our author roundtable – Hailey Piper and Zen Cho.

We’ll be reading Zen Cho’s ‘House of Aunts’ which you can find here

We’ll also be reading Hailey Piper’s ‘Queen of the Cloven Heart’ which you can read here

30th August

In preparation for our ‘Wild Heart Bleeds’ conference, we’ll be reading another work by a guest author on our panel – S D Simper. This week we’ll be reading the glorious reimagining of Carmilla and Laura. Love and horror. Perfect!

2nd September

This is a special one-off book group which is part of the ‘My Wild Heart Bleeds’ conference. Everyone is welcome!

You can sign up for free here

If you’d like us to read your book or a collection you’ve published, get in touch!


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