The Rue Morgue: Project Underway

Unbelievably, I set up this blog over a year ago, and then never did anything with it. I’ve come back to this page several times, thinking that I should get to work on the project I had planned for myself, and port some posts over here from a different blog. I’ve been off blogging for months, now, though, so the thought didn’t really appeal to me.

But, as it does, summer wanes, and turnsĀ to fall, and my mind turns to murder.

In organizing for this project, I’m still planning categories and tags, and trying to decide where I am headed. I started my last blog in connection with the Classics Club, and finished that project in a little over two years. I’m ready to be done with the blog that has hosted that project – I need to turn it into a book and move on. Of course, I have a couple hundred followers over there, and none over here, but that is fine by me, really. Most of my social connection happens on booklikes in any case, and I’ll be cross-posting over there. The problem with booklikes is that there really isn’t any organizational function to speak of, so keeping track of progress is difficult.

Generally, I want to focus on the following genres/categories:

  1. Gothic literature, both classic and more modern, which would include the category of new gothic or gothic romance that is represented by Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, Phyllis Whitney, Barbara Michaels, Dorothy Eden and Madeleine Brent. Some of these authors have had their backlists published as kindle books, so they are easy to obtain, some are available used through various websites.
  2. Golden age mystery, including Agatha Christie: I did a Poirot project not long ago, and read them all. I posted about some of them, but most of them got by me without a write up and I am ready for a reread in any case. This category also includes Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy Sayers, and Margery Allingham.
  3. British Library Crime Classics: I am in love with these editions and am really interested in getting to know some of these authors that have been neglected for many years.

In addition to those two main categories, anything that falls under the general umbrella of horror, mystery, espionage, supernatural or gothic is fair game over here, from Nordic Noir without a hint of supernatural, to YA horror/paranormal, including books like The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, The Replacements by Brenna Yovanoff, or Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough.

On of my main deterrents to blogging is related to images. I know that posting images is super-helpful in driving traffic, but since I don’t care about traffic, I’m seriously considering going image-free. I apologize to anyone who stumbles on this blog for what will probably look like a great wall of text most of the time. If there are images at all, they will probably be images of book covers and little else. Quite frankly, finding and uploadingĀ images is a time suck and a pain in the neck.