Halloween and Gothic Stories


Please be sure to read to the end of this post for information on participating in the blog hop and how to be eligible for prizes!

I like to say that I was Gothic before Gothic was fashionable. I was a teenager in the 1960s and incredibly intrigued both by all things paranormal and by all things romantic. At that time the only romance novels readily available happened to fit my desires perfectly…the Gothic romances.  I slurped up every one of them I could get my hands on.

So when I began writing some years later, it was pretty natural that the novels I wrote had a definitely Gothic flavor, even though Gothic romances had gone out of fashion. If you called them Romantic Suspense, that worked. Now that vampires and werewolves are all the rage, a variety of Gothic is back in fashion, though it’s more often called either paranormal romance or urban fantasy.

Not surprisingly, given my interest in Gothic stories, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love the decorations, the change in the weather, the kids in costumes, the goodies, the eerie stories… All of it. And I love writing stories with Gothic Halloween-type themes. There are just so many opportunities!

And speaking of that, I’ve just released a new one!

Guardian of the Grimoire coverGuardian of the Grimoire

Librarian Jess O’Rourke already has  her hands full with her father’s declining and health and the under-staffed,  under-funded library she runs. A new preacher in town waging war on her books is  just an annoyance at first, but an attractive mysterious stranger warns her  that there’s more behind the reverend’s campaign than she can guess. The new  preacher is a human possessed by a demon and he’s searching for an old grimoire  that’s part of an uncatalogued collection of books stored in the library’s  basement.

Gabriel Sutton has been the guardian  of the book for a long time, a very long time, he claims, since that has been  his penance for crimes he committed as a soldier during the Civil War. He  convinces Jess that she needs to find the grimoire and use it to return the  demon to where he belongs.

Their time gets short when the  reverend realizes she’s searching for the book and resorts to desperate  measures to either retrieve or destroy it.

You can read the first chapter here.

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Here’s the list of participating blogs:

1. The Snarkology 2. Lisa Rayns
3. Zoe Forward   Blog 4. Tricia   Schneider
5. Rose   Anderson’s Calliope’s Writing Tablet 6. Living With The   Muse
7. Draven St. James 8. Daryl Devore
9. Hywela Lyn 10. Beth Caudill Author Blog
11. Lisa   Chalmers 12. Quill or Pill
13. Shapeshifter   Seductions 14. Wickedly hot, dangerously   fun.
15. Karen McCullough 16. Kathryn Knight   books
17. Pieces of Me 18. Sheryl R. Hayes
19. Dylan Newton   Paranromal Romance 20. Broken Faith
21. She Likes it Verbal 22. The Price of   Freedom
23. Brenda’s Blog 24. Paranormal Romance   Author Juli D. Revezzo
25. Phaedra Seabolt (INT) 26. Naomi Bellina   Adventurous Erotic Romance
27. Eva Gordon 28. Karen Michelle Nutt’s Official Blog


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15 Responses to Halloween and Gothic Stories

  1. Karen (great name by the way :)),
    Great post! I love, love Halloween, too! My favorite time of year!!

    If you have a chance, pop on over to my blog for some Snarkology treats!
    See you there! http://kmnbooks.blogspot.com/2013/10/remains-to-be-seen-by-karen-michelle.html

  2. felicia sidoma says:

    This has been fun going from site to site to find new writers that you bloggers have introduced me to. Thank you for your part of the hop

  3. Dylan Newton says:

    “Guardian of the Grimoire” sounds amazing, Karen! I love all sorts of Wiccan-ly good reads. 😉

  4. bn100 says:

    Sounds interesting

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  5. Lisa Rayns says:

    “Gothic before Gothic was fashionable” – Not many people can say that. So glad to meet you!

  6. JeanMP says:

    Guardian of the Grimoire sounds like a great story, enjoyed reading the chapter
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  7. laurie g says:

    Sounds interesting


  8. Krysta B. says:

    ‘Guardian of the Grimoire’ looks like an awesome read.


  9. Karen,
    I’ve always loved things Gothic even though I was something of a nerd in high school. Read your first chapter. The book looks wonderful. Gargoyles are definitely unique.

    Thanks so much for taking part in the Snarkology Hop! Good luck and Happy Halloween. 🙂

  10. Eva Millien says:

    Guardian of the Grimoire sounds like a really good book, thanks for sharing it. Thanks for sharing the hop and your giveaway. Happy Halloween! evamillien at gmail dot com

  11. Melissa Keir says:

    Guardian of the Grimoire cover is beautiful. I’d love to read it! Thanks for sharing about your book. Halloween is not that big a deal to me now that my children are grown. Maybe when I’m a gram, it will be more exciting again.

  12. Goth was overshadowed in the 1960s by flower power…interesting path you chose and now it’s working for you! Good luck with your writing.

  13. Shadow says:

    Sounds fantastic! I cant wait to read more! Thanks for sharing! Happy Halloween! Thanks for the fun and goodies! 🙂

  14. BookLady says:

    Guardian of the Grimoire sounds like a fascinating book. Love that the heroine is a librarian. Thanks for sharing the first chapter and thanks for the great giveaway. Happy Halloween!

  15. Sherry S. says:

    Sounds very interesting.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com