October 21, 2009

Wish List Wednesday #17: "The Gentling Box"

Lisa Mannetti's debut novel won the coveted Bram Stoker Award for best first novel this year. That alone grabbed my attention while reading the results of this year's awards ceremony. But after reading a couple of reviews for the book and getting a grasp on what the story is about, I had to put it on my wish list.

It takes place during the late 19th century and takes place around Hungary and Romania, revolving around the ordeals of a half-Gypsie horse trader, Imre, and his family as they contend with Imre's mother-in-law's witchcraft. Sounds like good reading and a premise I haven't had the opportunity to read yet. Throw in some curses, ghosts, possessions, and a talisman and there's no telling how much this family will have to go through to survive.

There was an article on one of the major media sites a while back--Guardian or maybe Daily Beast--that talked about the perceived sexism in horror-themed literature and film, dismissing female horror writers as belonging to the romance section. Well, I have a feeling those who feel horror has no female representation, or feel it shouldn't have female representation, have not come across the likes of Lisa Mannetti, Alexandra Sokoloff, Sara Langan, and others currently writing some very good stuff that can be measured against anything a guy can write.

I've yet to read Mannetti's work, but it's received enough praise to warrant a look-see. And The Gentling Box sounds like it would be a great place to start.

Anyone heard tell of this novel? Care to give your thoughts?

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