Sunday, March 24, 2013

Review of "Gormenghast" Book II of the Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake

Mervyn Peake

Gormenghast is the second book in the fantastic Gormenghast trilogy. In it, Mervyn Peake has managed to make the sprawling, never ending castle of gray and stone, one of the main characters. Death is everywhere, lurking in dark corners and worn stairs and crumbling archways. Furtive and building horror sans blood and guts. As with the first book in the trilogy, Peake doesn't let up and cements his trilogy as one of the great Gothic texts of the twentieth century.

Robert Smith and his band The Cure were heavily influenced by Gormenghast. "A Forest" and "The Drowning Man" draw on Gormenghast and the ghastly doings that happen within it ever moldering walls. A must listen and a must read!


  1. very interesting information... I just presented a lecture on The Cure´s "A Forest" for our first International Congress of Gothic Studies and literature and here at the University of Costa Rica... I did not know about this book and its influence on "A Forest." I would like to share my paper with you to see your thoughts on it. Best Regards!

  2. Thanks, Hector. I would be happy to take a look at it. Just let me know how to get in touch. Best, Andrew