Madeline and her twin brother Roderick have the Usher name, the Usher house - and the Usher disease. Something is wrong with the family's blood - and it seems to have spread to the house itself. Sometimes Madeline even thinks that the house is alive... When Roderick is sent away to school, the house seems to want revenge on the one member of the Usher family left behind: Madeline herself.
The Fall is without doubt one of my favourite books of 2014; it completely surprised me and has now made me want to read everything Bethany Griffin has ever written, starting with Masque of the Red Death.
The Fall is a reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher, which is the topic I asked Bethany to write about for this blog tour. I hope you enjoy reading about her influences for this book, and thanks to Bethany for writing the post!
The Original Fall of the House of Usher
by Bethany Griffin
I am a huge fan of Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. I first read the story in class in 7th grade and was completely floored by the atmosphere and general spookiness. The story was my first experience with Poe’s horror of premature burial, and though there were no details from Madeline’s point of view, no details about being buried alive, I found that I could imagine the horror of it. Maybe that’s where the first bits of inspiration for my story were born, who knows? I didn’t consciously conceive of the idea until years later.
The story formed in my head much as it is on the page, madly. I see the Fall as Madeline’s life flashing before her eyes, and as readers we must piece together what happened to her. It came together for me like that too. Eventually I put everything together, there is both a chronological version and a very detailed calendar that I used to make sure each event happened in the correct season, etc.
I wanted the reader to experience a few hours of what life must be like for Madeline, as well as to enter what the world of Poe was for me—which is a world of the macabre, a world of decaying finery and tattered curtains, and despair.
Over the years of my own education, followed by a major in English Literature, and then teaching high school literature, I became very familiar with Poe’s work and his appeal. Within the Fall a careful reader will find references to may of Poe’s stories, including The Black Cat, The Tale-Tell Heart, and The Pit and the Pendulum.
Thanks to Fierce Fiction I have one (1) copy of The Fall to give away to a lucky reader. You are in for a treat with this one!
Please do read the below rules before filling in the form. Good luck!
Rules and info:
- Open to UK / Ireland only.
- The book will be sent by the publisher, not by me.
- One entry per person.
- Closing date: November 10th, 2014.