The first challenge was in 2006 (that hardly seems possible), and that year I read:
The House on the Borderland, a short novel by William Hope Hodgson, written in 1908. I chose it because Hodgson was an influence on H.P. Lovecraft, who called Hodgson's work "cosmic horror." I didn't like it all that much, in spite of all of the Gothic elements, but I'm glad I read it.
Lolly Willows or The Loving Huntsman by Sylvia Townsend. This was actually The Book of the Month Club's first selection...in 1926. My main interest was in the way Townsend rearranged The Wild Hunt myth.
The Wyvern Mystery by Sheridan J. Le Fanu, who cannot hold a candle to Wilkie Collins in any way, but remains a classic in the genre.
The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins--not his best and written near the end of his life, THH is very short. But Collins at his worst still beats Le Fanu. At his best, Collins is Mr. Gothic for me. The Woman in White by Collins remains one of my favorite books of all times. I read it in high school (along with The Moonstone), then reread for a later RIP challenge and was delighted to find it still kept me engrossed, beginning to end.
The Keep by Jennifer Egan, a much more contemporary choice, but unlike the majority of readers, I didn't much care for it.
Death in the Garden by Elizabeth Ironside was a pleasure to read. Has some similarities to Lolly Willows with a theme of a woman's quest for independence from a domineering male, but for me this story was eminently more readable. Part I deals with Diana Pollexfen's acquittal of her husband's murder. Part II moves to the days preceding his death, and Part III moves forward sixty years when Diana's grand-niece and heir finds Diana's diaries.
Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris is the first in the Harper Connelly series. Harper can find dead people. Got a missing body? Harper might be able to help you locate it. I've read a couple in this series since then. While not a fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Harris (please don't hate me), I have thoroughly enjoyed the Harper Connelly series.
You guessed it, Dracula and Transylvania.
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I'm watching The Night Watchman's Journal, can't wait for the next episodes to be released. Another good Kdrama for this Challenge is Arang and the Magistrate.
My Eccentric figures for Halloween continue to take shape.
Marigold the Hedge Witch likes to be prepared.