Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling by Michael Boccacino
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Debut novelist Michael Boccacino invites readers into the world beyond the realm of the living in Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling, a Victorian gothic tale of the strange and supernatural. But all who enter this house must beware—for there is a price to pay for visitors who wish to save those they love. The story of a British governess and her young charges seduced by the otherworldly enticements of a mysterious mansion in the forest following the inexplicable death of the former nanny, this Tim Burton-like tale of dark fantasy is a bewitching treat for fans of horror and paranormal fiction, as well as readers who love creepy gothic tales and mysterious shadowy English manor houses. Not since Suzanna Clarke introduced Jonathan Strange to Mr. Norrell, and Neil Gaiman’s Coraline crawled through a secret door into a twisted and sinister mirror world, has there been a journey as wondrously fantastic and terrifying as Charlotte Markham’s adventures in the House of Darkling.

About Michael Boccacino

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Michael Boccacino's poetry has been published in the St. Petersburg Times and short stories included in college literary magazines. He received a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Rollins College and now works as a viral marketer in New York City. This is his first book.
Published July 24, 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 296 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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The complex reverberations of mirror images, dramatic parallels among those who are "bound by our grief," and vicarly exhortations on the nature of the supernatural lead Charlotte to acknowledge her attraction to Darrow and realize her role as a bridge between two worlds—a role that necessitate...

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Yes Pages: 320 Date: July 2012 Publisher: Titan Books External links: Author's website ISBN: 978-1781164464 Widowed under tragic circumstances, Charlotte Markham needs an income and so she's employed by widower Henry Darrow as a governess for his sons James and Paul.

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Starburst Magazine

When Charlotte Markham suddenly finds herself a young widow, she takes a job as governess at the Everton house for the Darrow family.

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SciFi Online

When Charlotte Markham loses her husband in a fire she relinquishes her position of mistress of the manor to become governess to the two Darrow boys, who have also lost their mother.

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