Sept. 2016 Newsletter

Gothic Journal brings you the latest news and links to help keep you in romantic suspense. This issue is jam packed to ensure you will be enjoying several great gothic romance novels this fall and winter.

Hoover Library Adds 412 GRLL Books; 599 Gothic Novels Now Available via Interlibrary Loan

In May 2013, Gothic Journal donated its 3,400+ volume Gothic Romance Lending Library (GRLL) and a set of Gothic Journal back issues to McDaniel College's Hoover Library in Westminster, Maryland. As of July 2015, Hoover Library had processed 187 of the GRLL titles. As of early September, 2016, an additional 412 GRLL titles had been processed, bringing to 599 the number of GRLL titles that are currently available to anyone in the McDaniel College community or to the general public via interlibrary loan.

To find the titles, go to the Hoover Library website at Then, click on the “Library Catalog” link. Then, enter “gothic romance” in the search box and select "Series" from the drop-down "Search by" menu. Then click the "GO!" button, and the available GRLL titles will display. To receive any of these titles to read, you must have a library that participates in the interlibrary loan system request them for you from the Hoover Library. When your order arrives at the library that submitted your request, you may pick them up at that library and return them there by the due date specified.

News of Note

Gothic Journal book reviewer extraordinaire John Charles, has  retired as librarian at the Scottsdale (AZ) Public Library and is now a bookseller at Scottsdale's The Poisoned Pen bookstore. John 
won the RWA Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year award in 2002 for his efforts in spreading the positive word about the romance genre.

The e-book subscription services Oyster and Entitle have closed. Oyster has sold out to Google and shut down.

Scribd membership offers monthly access to books, audiobooks, and more, for less than the cost of a paperback. However, it has recently removed many romance and erotic fiction titles because readers were reading too many of them!

Samhain Publishing, founded in 2005 and a pioneering publisher of romance and horror fiction in e-book formats, is shutting down its operations due to declining e-book sales.

Harlequin nas created a BookBreaks app for reading serialized romance stories tailored to your mood and/or reading time availability. It is free for download and available for iOs devices in the Apple App Store and Android Devices on Google Play.

Founded in 1981, Romantic Times, Inc. published the final print edition of its magazine in July 2016, as it has since transitioned to offering totally online subscription access to the bulk of its information. The company also offers an annual romance writers/readers convention, website, and blog including reviews and info about authors and upcoming novels in a variety of genres, but primarily romance.

Links of Interest

Are we in for a biblioclasm? Check out this article on The future of libraries in the digital age.

Ever wonder what is the ideal length for online content? Here's the answer, according to science.

The Romance Lives Forever blog (RLF) features authors and new books from all romance genres. Authors and other guest bloggers sign up well in advance to post how-to articles and/or info about new and old titles, The site is broadcast over Triberr with a reach of over 3.5 million readers via its social media-linked network, and is available on Kindle. The blog is LGBTQ friendly. and rated as adult content (and a warning about this may be presented prior to proceeding to the site), although the blog's content ranges from G-rated to R-rated.

Author Charmaine Pauls offers an interesting article on Goth-Pop novels that defines the genre and includes a brief history of the Gothic novel, a list of elements that characterize Gothic literature, a list of Gothic heroes' motivations, a description of the typical Gothic heroine, and The Goodreads list of the top 10 Gothic novels of all time.

The Ripped Bodice bookstore in Los Angeles is crowd-funded and only sells romance novels either in person or via its website..

NoveList is a librarian-curated database of pleasure reading available through many public libraries.  Readers and librarians can search by titles, authors, or series to find a brief description, appeal factors (character-driven, engaging, suspenseful, warm, gritty, fast-paced, leisurely, etc.), and reviews from Library Journal, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus as well as “read-alikes.”

Stacy Lynn, who publishes the Gothic Romance Reviews blog, has begun the daunting task of providing a play-by-play summary (with screenshot photos) of the original Dark Shadows television series (from the first episode to the last). Unfortunately, this effort and her blog posts were interrupted by her relocation last spring. She hopes to resume blog posting this fall.

Inspired by the exotic tales of The Arabian Nights, 1001 Dark Nights offers a collection of novellas that are sexy and romantic. Some are paranormal, some are contemporary, but every one is compelling and page-turning. Written by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors.
Designed to expose readers to new authors, many of the novellas are standalone spin-offs from the authors' book series.

The Gothic Romance Writers chapter of the Romance Writers of America now has a blog, a Facebook page, and a Twitter address @GothRomRWA.. Its website's resources page has some great links for gothic romance fans.

An article about the state of the independent publishing market offers insight into various ways to find novels to read, such as The Bookworm Box, .Book Riot, Owl Crate, IndieReader, and more.

Romance readers who are also adult coloring book lovers should check out Love Between the Lines and Mills and Boon's The Art of Romance Colouring Book.

WikiHow tells you How to Write Gothic Fiction.

Downloadable profiles of vintage Gothic Romance Authors including complete published book lists, biographical info, and summaries of representative works, are available from Gothic Journal.

Gothic Journal's Amazon Bookstore -- Recommended reads by Gothic Journal Publisher Kristi Lyn Glass plus's gothic romance recommendations.

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