The Art of Darkness

Start a Gothic Book Club

June 3rd, 2015 by Cobwebs

The Graveyard BookOoh, here’s a lovely idea to help while away the time until Halloween: Start a book club oriented around gothic books.

A club can consist of local people who periodically meet to discuss a book, an online forum where members can post discussion and comments, or some combination of the two. A local group has the advantage of real-time conversation (which, for a small number of people, could also be done online with Skype), more incentive to actually read the latest book, a convivial atmosphere (with snacks!), and an excuse to get out of the house occasionally. An online club is great for geographically-diverse groups or for people with busy schedules who may not be able to carve out time to meet on a regular basis.

Real Simple and LitLovers have some useful tips for organizing a book club in meatspace, and many of the suggestions (such as choosing a theme) are applicable for virtual clubs as well. For an online club, you’ll need a discussion tool: A blog (free at hosts like WordPress), a forum (like ProBoards), or a group (such as Yahoo Groups, Google Hangouts, or Facebook). Goodreads has a group feature that’s oriented toward book discussion, and there’s a site called BooksterClub which seems to specialize in online book clubs.

Once you’ve organized the club, it’s time to select books. You can either focus on a specific subgenre–for instance, Goth Shopaholic has 12 months’ worth of suggestions for “Goth, Horror and Dark” biographies–or consider a theme like “Gothic” (vintage or modern), Classic Horror, or the works of a particular author.

If you’ve regretted not setting aside more time for reading, joining a book club is great motivation. If it’s a gothic book club, well, so much the better.

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4 Responses

  1. Janice Says:

    I woke up this morning wondering if anyone else was thinking about halloween yet.

  2. Goth Gardener Says:

    Janice,
    I was just thinking that it’s about one month until retailers in the US start their slow-release Halloween items. I know Pottery Barn’s release in about a month GWEE!

    Cobwebs,
    I joined a Horror Book Club and I’m enjoying it but I’ve been considering starting a Gothic Lit one in the area through Meet Up. Maybe your post will push me into finally bringing this idea to fruition.

    Or maybe I’m just a slug and will keep fussing about it :p

  3. Sisifo Says:

    Oh my gads. I need this.

  4. xJane Says:

    I love the idea of book clubs. I should start/join oneā€¦

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