Thursday, December 13, 2012

#BIR2012: Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin

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 around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . 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 is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for--no matter what it costs her. (From Goodreads)

You can read my review here.


I'm very excited to have Bethany Griffin here today as a feature for Best I've Read 2012. Masque of the Red Death is full of mystery and intrigue, and it is definitely a book that left me eager to read more. Please take a few minutes to learn more about this amazing author!

If this were Twitter, how would you pitch MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH in 140 characters or less?

I usually just say a Steampunk/post apocalyptic retelling of Poe's Masque of the Red Death, because that covers the historical aspect (even though it isn't strictly steampunk). IDK, I guess it gets the idea across?

If MASQUE OF THE READ DEATH were made into a movie, who would you want to play Araby, Will, and Everett?

This is a question I'm really bad at, because I don't really keep track of young actors and actresses.

MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH is an expansion of Poe's short story by the same name. What was this expansion process like?

Well, I obviously read his version quite a few times, and then I used Prince Prospero and the plague in my version, so I basically set my story within his world. I tried to keep the tone dark and gothic and claustrophobic, and hopefully something that appeals to Poe fans (since I'm a huge Poe fan myself). I was very aware of the major theme of Poe's story, that Death comes for all of us, regardless of social status, and I tried to work that dichotomy between rich and poor into the story, and in the end it became a rather large part of the story. Once the framework of the story was in place, I didn't refer back to Poe's version very often. Though I did consult it several times for the masquerade ball in book 2!

Do you have other favorite stories or poems by Poe?

The Fall of the House of Usher is my absolute favorite. And I love The Raven.

If you could have any talent or skill, what would you choose?

Besides writing? Because that's the one that I've chosen to focus on! I'd love to be more artistic, to be able to really draw or paint. Unfortunately I have no talent in that area, though my husband and both of my kids are very artistic. I love all sorts of art, but I'm simply not good at creating it, and sometime I feel that affects my writing, that I have to work really hard at creating visuals. It's worth the work, though. :)

What can you tell us about DANCE OF THE RED DEATH?

Well, it features a masked ball. You'll know who Araby ends up with well before the's much more fast paced that Masque, at least I feel it is, with Araby being pushed to think for herself and make her own decisions.


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Today the Best I've Read blog is featuring SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo and THE IMMORTAL RULES and THE LOST PRINCE by Julie Kagawa! Please click here to learn more about these books and authors!


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