Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte, 1847

My favorite quote: “If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.”

Notable characters: Jane Eyre, governess turned wife; Mr. Rochester, the master of Thornfield Hall

Most memorable scene: The discovery in the attic, of course …

Greatest strengths: This book has all the gothic goodness I love: a naive heroine, a brooding hero, and a massive house with plenty of secrets and mysterious goings-on

Standout achievements: For an old-timey book written with a lot of old-timey language, this novel just zips right along …

Fun Facts: Jane Eyre was originally published under the gender-neutral pseudonym, Currer Bell. Even the publisher didn’t know it was written by a woman

Other media: Movie, film, television, radio, and theater adaptations too numerous to mention

What it taught me: This book, above so many others of its time, gave me a clear look at the Victorian mindset — a component that has come in handy more than once in my own work

How it inspired me: Unlike many of the heroines in gothic novels, Jane faces seriously troubling challenges and suffers real sorrows. The outcome is a novel that’s as gut-wrenching as it is intriguing — a blend of qualities Tamara Thorne and I discussed at length when creating our own gothic series. While The Ravencrest Saga certainly has its lighter — even silly — moments, we wanted our characters to face real problems … and grow from them

Additional thoughts: This book came highly recommended from a friend many years ago. After hearing how I JUST HAD TO read it, I finally bought it, and for the better part of a decade, admired the way it looked on my bookshelf. Fast-forward to over ten years later. That same friend and I are chatting, and Jane Eyre comes up. Well … come to find out she never actually even read the f*cking thing! She even denied telling me she had!

Naturally, I was outraged. So outraged there was only one thing to do: actually read Jane Eyre and go ON and AND ON and ON about how fan-f*cking-tastic it is. So that’s what I did — and the best part is, I didn’t even have to lie. It really is that good

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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