Book Review #4: The Castle of Otranto, by Horace Walpole

The Castle of Otranto has a little bit of everything: a doomed love triangle, a curse and prophecy, a crusader returned from the dead, a delusive tyrannical character, mistaken identities and a gigantic killer helmet… Yes, you read that right: a gigantic killer helmet!

If you have ever read a Gothic novel – say, The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe, or The Monk by Matthew Lewis – many of the above elements will already sound familiar to you, but what makes this story unique is having been the first one.

Care to know more about Walpole and his castle? Head over Moonlight and Sims: Blogger to read the full review.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review #4: The Castle of Otranto, by Horace Walpole

    • It’s an interesting genre to delve into, and very telling of how society worked in the times where these pieces were popular.

      Thanks for your comment :).

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