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.
Get a free 4 x 6 Jane Eyre print with every order! This offer is valid until the 20th of July, or as long as stocks last. The offer will be automatically applied. Check out my Etsy store here to take advantage of it.
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I sell a variety of art prints, often inspired by lyrics and novels. There’s Morrissey, Elvis Presley, Within Temptation, Beauty and the Beast and many more. I also sell a range of gift sets inspired by Tim Burton, The Cure and others. I occasionally sell other items too, currently there is jewellery and confetti in stock.
A Charlotte Bronte/Jane Eyre design is currently on sale as long as stocks last. Reduced from £9 to £7.50 in 8 x 10 size, and £4 to £3 in the 4 x 6 size – https://www.etsy.com/uk/WutheringMites/listing/505612930/charlotte-bronte-jane-eyre-quote-print
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.
This is a literary art print of Charlotte Brontë herself, featuring a quote from her novel Jane Eyre. As with the majority of my prints, it is available in either 4 x 6 or 8 x 10.
NOW ON SALE.
See it on Etsy here – https://www.etsy.com/uk/WutheringMites/listing/505612930/charlotte-bronte-jane-eyre-quote-print
It features one of my absolute favourite quotes from the novel, one that particularly sums up its feminist message:
“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal — as we are!”