I am a huge fan of Author Bethany Griffin and I love, love, love her newly released novel THE FALL, based on Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. So I am more than thrilled to be participating in the blog tour for this eerie and chilling and unputdownable book.
From the very start, the novel pulls you in and makes you anxious to find out just what will happen to Madeline. It will make you race through the pages to find out what’s really going on in that house and how she ended up in the situation she was in when you were first introduced.
And while I know what happens, I shall not reveal it here. The suspense adds to the experience and I would not want to ruin it. But if you’d like to know a little bit more about THE FALL, be sure to check out the Q&A I have with the author in which she reveals a bit about the inspiration behind THE FALL, a bit more about the story and its characters, and which scene was her most difficult to write.
This tour also includes a swag-tastic GRAND PRIZE giveaway with a signed copy of the book as well as three signed book and bookmark giveaway prizes. So if you’d like to enter for a chance to win, scroll down to the Rafflecopter a bit further down.
And if you’d like to read a few reviews, check out a couple of interviews and guest posts, be sure to visit the other stops on the tour. The schedule is at the bottom of this post.
About The Fall
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Title: THE FALL
Author: Bethany Griffin
Release date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Madeline Usher is doomed.
She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.
Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.
In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.
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Q&A with Bethany Griffin
Q. What was it about Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher that appealed most to you and inspired your novel, THE FALL?
The Fall of the House of Usher has always been my favorite Poe story. I loved the haunted house, the failing Ushers, the general atmosphere and mood of the story. For me it is the quintessential Poe story. It was published after his death, and embodies everything that (in my opinion) makes Poe great.
Q. THE FALL is not your first novel to stem from one of Poe’s stories. What is it about expanding and changing Poe’s classic stories and reimagining the worlds he created that draws you in and entices you to create longer ones?
The Fall actually WAS my first Poe inspired novel. I wrote it before Masque of the Red Death, and in fact, my agent hesitated to look at Masque because, to paraphrase, ‘he was still in love with The Fall and unwilling to move on to a new story’. But once he read the first pages of Masque, it became our focus, and was the story that was published first. For several years I didn’t know if and when The Fall would be published. But back to the original question, I think it’s the atmosphere of Poe’s stories that makes me want to expand and add to them. What stories fascinate more? I think fairy tales have the same eternal (and creepy) quality, and there are many retellings of Shakespeare’s stories, but otherwise, what classic stories fascinate teen readers more thoroughly than Poe?
Q. For those who may not have read The Fall of the House of Usher, in what ways is your story and its characters, particularly Madeline Usher, similar to or different from the original? To what extent does your story parallel Poe’s short tale? And at what point does the story take on a life of its own?
Well, Madeline in Poe’s story is pretty much mute. She has no voice, and no story besides being Roderick’s sister. In my story she’s the narrator, so she has a voice, she has a story, she has agency, and is in fact much stronger that Roderick. Poe’s story comes in at the end of mine, and at that point it parallels The Fall of the House of Usher pretty closely. Originally I didn’t name Poe’s unnamed narrator, but I did finally come up with a name for him. The doctors in the story come from a reference in the Poe story to a doctor watching from the stairs (my doctors are always watching).
As I wrote the story it grew larger with backstory and additional characters, though Madeline and Roderick are still the heart of the story.
I did comb through Poe’s story for every possible clue or detail about the characters and their lives, and then I set the source material aside while I drafted, and revised, and revised, and rewrote, and rearranged the scenes, and revised some more!
Q. What was your favorite scene or your most challenging scene – or both – to write in THE FALL? And why?
I’m going to go with the first scene. I first envisioned this scene (and started drafting it) five years ago. I questioned whether I was a good enough writer to convey the horror of being buried alive. I wrote and rewrote that scene over many years, and in the process made myself more than a little claustrophobic. There were points where I had the scene memorized, and then I’d go back and change something, then something else. It’s really sort of an homage to my writing process, which involves a lot of layering in details and then slowly taking out extra words and details, and then layering in more. It was a difficult scene in that it has to convey the horror of being buried alive along with Madeline’s almost casual realization that she’s coming out of a trance where she can’t move, forcing herself to remain calm until she realizes where she is.
About Bethany Griffin
Bethany Griffin is a high school English teacher who prides herself on attracting creative misfits to elective classes like Young Adult Literature, Creative Writing, and Speculative Literature.
She is the author of HANDCUFFS, MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, GLITTER AND DOOM, and THE FALL.
She lives with her family in Kentucky.
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- GRAND PRIZE: A Poe Prize Pack with a Raven Scarf, Necklace, Candle, and a SIGNED Hardcover of THE FALL + a SIGNED Bookmark – US ONLY
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The Tour Schedule
Sept. 29th – Bookish – Interview
Sept. 30th – A Glass of Wine – Guest Post
Oct. 1st – Stories & Sweeties – Review
Oct. 2nd – Novel Novice – Review
Oct. 3rd – Burning Impossibly Bright – Interview
Oct. 6th – Fiction Freak – Review
Oct. 7th – Once Upon a Twilight – Guest Post
Oct. 8th – WinterHaven Books – Spotlight
Oct. 9th – Fiktshun – Interview
Oct. 10th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post