The Howling Girl by Laurie Penny


Title: The Howling Girl
Author: Laurie Penny
In: I Am Heathcliff (Kate Mosse)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Horror, Twisted romance
Dates read: 15th March 2019
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: Borough Press
Year: 2018
5th sentence, 74th page: She could.

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She’s returned to an ex-lover to see if she can fix the mistakes of the past. But, is his haunting about to become hers?


This was a great play on the haunting of Heathcliff. It took the ideas and themes that highlight how badly Heathcliff treated Catherine, but twisted them into something a little more contemporary. Rather, it isn’t Catherine’s counterpart which is providing the haunting, but she does encourage it. And finds a way to twist it about so that he isn’t able to get away with his past and present actions.

This short story had a great intensity and beautiful symbolism throughout. It may not be one that I will read again and again, it just wasn’t that kind of happy, feel good tale that I like. But it was one that I thoroughly enjoyed. And one that I think I gained from experiencing.

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