Charlotte Markham And The House Of Darkling: A Novel

Paperback | July 24, 2012

byMichael Boccacino

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Debut novelist Michael Boccacino invites readers into the world beyond the realm of the living in Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling, a Victorian gothic tale of the strange and supernatural. But all who enter this house must beware—for there is a price to pay for visitors who wish to save those they love. The story of a British governess and her young charges seduced by the otherworldly enticements of a mysterious mansion in the forest following the inexplicable death of the former nanny, this Tim Burton-like tale of dark fantasy is a bewitching treat for fans of horror and paranormal fiction, as well as readers who love creepy gothic tales and mysterious shadowy English manor houses. Not since Suzanna Clarke introduced Jonathan Strange to Mr. Norrell, and Neil Gaiman’s Coraline crawled through a secret door into a twisted and sinister mirror world, has there been a journey as wondrously fantastic and terrifying as Charlotte Markham’s adventures in the House of Darkling.

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Debut novelist Michael Boccacino invites readers into the world beyond the realm of the living in Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling, a Victorian gothic tale of the strange and supernatural. But all who enter this house must beware—for there is a price to pay for visitors who wish to save those they love. The story of a Britis...

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When the nanny to the young Darrow boys is found mysteriously murdered on the outskirts of the village of Blackfield, Charlotte Markham, the recently hired governess, steps in to take over their care. During an outing in the forest, they find themselves crossing over into The Ending, "the place for the Things Above Death," where Lily D...

Michael Boccacino's poetry has been published in theSt. Petersburg Times. He currently works and lives in New York City. This is his first novel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:July 24, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062122614

ISBN - 13:9780062122612

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting The Good Stuff The prose is so hauntingly beautiful Story so elequently puts into words the feelings I have had over the loss of my parents -- the part about dreaming of the dead brought tears to my eyes Dark and gothic story full of old english manors, governess, death and the paranormal -- dark and spooky, perfect for a cold December night The author is truly gifted at setting the mood and landscape. When you put down the story you feel disjointed about being back in reality. Unique world inhabited with truly unusual and creepy inhabitants ( the descriptions of certain scenes actually made me go ewww out loud) Some wonderful insights into death, life and sacrifice The description of the library was fantastical and highly original The Not So Good Stuff Extremely confusing at times. Found myself wondering what the hell (no pun intended) was going on on many occasions Drags a wee midway through the story Favorite Quotes/Passages "Every night I dreamt of the dead. In dreams those who have been lost can be found, gliding on fragments of memory through the dark veil of sleep to ensare themselves within the remains of the day, to pretend for a moment like a lifetime that they might be alive and well, waiting by the bedside whe the dreams is done. They never were, but I could not stop myself from wishing for the possibility that everything I remembered was a mistake, a nightmare taken too literally by the imagination. But morning always came, and with it the startling realization that the dead continued to be so, and that I remained alone." "We were not so very close together, but the interlacing of our hands channeled a friction through the empty space between us that dimmed the rest of the room, changing the music into something that could only be for us. I did not want it to end, and for a long while it seemed that it never would. We danced and danced until I could no longer feel my legs, just his touch against my own and the deep, primal thumping in my chest." "The boys had lost their mother. Of course they were dreaming of her. I knew that they were dreaming of her. I had lost my mother nearly 15 years before and still dream of her. It was not something that truly went away. The three of us would perhaps always be bound by our grief, never truly finished with the long nightmare of loss." Who Should/Shouldn't Read For fans of gothic literature most definitely Honestly, I felt throughtout reading it that I was in a Tim Burton movie - so if you are a fan of his movies, this will be right up your alley (I can totally see Johnny Depp as Mr. Whatley) Wonderful book for a cold winters night - or if you are staying in a Victorian Mansion 4.25/5 Dewey's I received this from William Morrow in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2012-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting The Good Stuff The prose is so hauntingly beautiful Story so elequently puts into words the feelings I have had over the loss of my parents -- the part about dreaming of the dead brought tears to my eyes Dark and gothic story full of old english manors, governess, death and the paranormal -- dark and spooky, perfect for a cold December night The author is truly gifted at setting the mood and landscape. When you put down the story you feel disjointed about being back in reality. Unique world inhabited with truly unusual and creepy inhabitants ( the descriptions of certain scenes actually made me go ewww out loud) Some wonderful insights into death, life and sacrifice The description of the library was fantastical and highly original The Not So Good Stuff Extremely confusing at times. Found myself wondering what the hell (no pun intended) was going on on many occasions Drags a wee midway through the story Favorite Quotes/Passages "Every night I dreamt of the dead. In dreams those who have been lost can be found, gliding on fragments of memory through the dark veil of sleep to ensare themselves within the remains of the day, to pretend for a moment like a lifetime that they might be alive and well, waiting by the bedside whe the dreams is done. They never were, but I could not stop myself from wishing for the possibility that everything I remembered was a mistake, a nightmare taken too literally by the imagination. But morning always came, and with it the startling realization that the dead continued to be so, and that I remained alone." "We were not so very close together, but the interlacing of our hands channeled a friction through the empty space between us that dimmed the rest of the room, changing the music into something that could only be for us. I did not want it to end, and for a long while it seemed that it never would. We danced and danced until I could no longer feel my legs, just his touch against my own and the deep, primal thumping in my chest." "The boys had lost their mother. Of course they were dreaming of her. I knew that they were dreaming of her. I had lost my mother nearly 15 years before and still dream of her. It was not something that truly went away. The three of us would perhaps always be bound by our grief, never truly finished with the long nightmare of loss." Who Should/Shouldn't Read For fans of gothic literature most definitely Honestly, I felt throughtout reading it that I was in a Tim Burton movie - so if you are a fan of his movies, this will be right up your alley (I can totally see Johnny Depp as Mr. Whatley) Wonderful book for a cold winters night - or if you are staying in a Victorian Mansion 4.25/5 Dewey's I received this from William Morrow in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2012-08-08

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“With Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling, Boccacino has created a new vision of the Afterlife, at one moment stunningly beautiful and full of wonder, the next, darkly sinister and without pity. A remarkable book. Michael Boccacino is a writer to watch.”