OpenCampus Reading Group - Victorian Secrets:
The Beetle by Richard Marsh – hosted by Matthew Crofts
'Victorian Secrets' aims to bring together some of the best-loved with the lesser-read fiction of the Victorian era. Using examples from across different genres and sub-genres, it proves participants with a cross-section of 19th-century literature that shows just how varied, lively, and readable Victorian fiction can be.
Published the same year as Dracula, 1897, Marsh’s Gothic novel draws upon many of the same cultural anxieties as its more famous contemporary. Engaging multiple narrators, and a brisk, page-turning tone, the novel is a lost classic of horror fiction. Eagle-eyes readers will notice a reference to Hull itself in the closing chapters. From Orientalist anxieties, discourses about scientific progress, to monster attacks – The Beetle has it all!