Bone Deep is a beautifully written Gothic tale by the wonderful Sandra Ireland, a perfect combination of fairy tale and creeping terror.
The reader is introduced to Mac, a retired historian writing a collection of stories based on folklore and Lucie, a lost girl trying to escape the mistakes of her love life. Both characters are heavily flawed and yet even as they begin to antagonise each other and the truth unravels, they still remain relatable, intriguing and sympathetic. Although I think Floss might be my favourite character!
The settings of the novel are described so vividly, they almost become characters themselves – the damp cold of the cottage, the safety of Arthur’s cafe, the menacing Mill and it’s suspicious reek. There is almost a conflict between the haunted world of Mac and the Mill, and the modern world that has a Bronte-esque feel.
The intertext of ‘The Cruel Sister’ is woven into the novel artfully, ringing through it much like the harp’s song in that tale as a constant reminder of Lucie’s guilt and ultimately Mac’s too. It mirrors the novel’s events and furthers the sense of foreboding that snowballs as it goes on.
I devoured this book in only a couple of sittings. It was such a delicious mix of irresistible and chilling, that there was no way I was putting it down!
If you haven’t already read it, I would also recommend her debut novel Beneath the Skin.
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I also sell heart shaped confetti. At first I started with confetti made from assorted books. Currently ‘Wuthering Heights’ themed confetti is available too.
See here – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/523689907/heart-shaped-book-confetti
I have also recently started selling photo confetti. The current batch is a Chris Cornell theme with the lyrics to the Audioslave song ‘Like A Stone’.
See here – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/527722700/heart-shaped-chris-cornell-photo
This is a Wuthering Heights themed print featuring a photograph I took a few years back on holiday. I felt the photo was very apt for a Wuthering Heights theme, the window view reminding me of the recurring use of windows as a motif throughout Emily Brontë’s novel.
The quote featured is one of the most iconic of the novel:
“Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you – haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always – take any form- drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”
As well as the usual 4 x 6 and 10 x 8 sizes, this print comes in 7 x 5.
See this print on Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/509881474/wuthering-heights-emily-bronte-quote-art
An art print of the author Daphne Du Maurier with a quote from her best known Gothic novel ‘Rebecca’:
“If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.”
See it on Etsy here – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/509880254/daphne-du-maurier-rebecca-quote-print
Available in the following sizes (inches): 6 x 4, 10 x 8.