Dark Days of Summer 2012: Top 10 Reasons to Read Masque of the Red Death

Reasons to read Masque of the Red Death

Source: Wikipedia


Because Edgar Allan Poe’s story was too short and you always wanted more.


Because you’ve always wanted to see Poe’s dark and sinister story reimagined as one that is not only dark and macabre, but alluring and intriguing.


Because the tagline is right and desire is contagious… and right now you desire this book.


Because the idea of a historical, post-apocalyptic novel with a touch of steampunk is just too fascinating to resist.


Because with passages like this one, you want to whisper about the Debauchery Club too.


Because you are dying to find out exactly what’s happening in this scene….

He toys with the lacing on my dress with the tip of his sword, slicing my corset.

He drops his sword and steps forward until his body is touching mine. I hold the bits of my dress together, my hands creating a tiny barrier between us.


Because you’ve heard about Will and want to meet him for yourself….

The velvet voice holds a hint of amusement and a hint of something else. He leans over and looks down into my face. My disorientation intensifies when my eyes focus on his. The tattoos, the dark hair. My heart speeds up. I think… I think… can a person’s heart stop if she is only seventeen years old?


And because you’ve heard about Elliott and want to meet him too….

“…I would throw you in the water and watch crocodiles tear you to bits, if I thought that doing so would accomplish my goals. Do. Not. Trust. Anyone. Especially me.”


Because you can think of no better way to tell a story about a society decimated by plague, ruled by a cold, cruel and callous Prince and incited by a madman than with the hauntingly beautiful writing of author Bethany Griffin.

Darkness. We eat in it, talk in it, we sleep in humid darkness, wrapped in blankets. There is never really enough light in this basement, not if you truly want to see.


Because it’s seriously, wickedly, amazingly awesome and you do not let the stuff of awesome pass you by.


Because you want one…

Leave a comment. And on June 1st, when the tour stops here again, I’ll have Random choose two winners for a copy of Masque of the Red Death to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository and I’ll announce them on the sidebar.

Giveaway is international. You must be 13 or older to enter. And you can enter your email into the comment form if you’d like to be contacted if you’ve won, but DO NOT leave your email in the comments.

Because you want more, now…

About the Book

Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.


About the Author

Bethany Griffin has always admired Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories. “The Masque of the Red Death,” which this novel reimagines, is one of her favorites.

“I’ve always loved the amazing atmosphere Poe creates,” she says. “But ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ is one of his shortest stories. I wanted to know more. I wanted characters and their stories within the context of this devastating plague. And that’s where this story originated.” Bethany Griffin lives with her family in Kentucky.


(Bio & Photo Source: HarperTeen)

5/21   Aprilynne Pike @ AwesomeSauce Books
5/23   Bethany Griffin @ Fiktshun
5/25   Elizabeth Norris @ Literary Exploration
5/29   Veronica Roth @ My Overstuffed Bookshelf
5/30   Aprilynne Pike @ AwesomeSauce Books
6/1     Bethany Griffin @ Fiktshun
6/4     Elizabeth Norris @ Literary Exploration
6/6     Veronica Roth @ My Overstuffed Bookshelf
6/12   Aprilynne Pike @ Books with Bite
6/14   Dan Wells @ Hobbitsies
6/19   Veronica Roth @ The Mod Pod Bookshelf
6/21   SJ Kincaid @ SciFi Chick
6/26   Aprilynne Pike @ Books with Bite
6/28   Dan Wells @ Hobbitsies
7/3     Veronica Roth @ The Mod Pod Bookshelf
7/5     SJ Kincaid @ SciFi Chick

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