The Backlist: Olalla by Robert Louis Stevenson

Around the World in 80 Books

4 out of 5 stars     ★★★★☆

Publisher: Date: Genre: Publisher: Penguin Classics
Date: February 26, 2015 (originally published in 1885)
Genre: Short Story, Gothic, Classics, Fantasy

Stevenson’s chilling Victorian gothic novella about decaying aristocracy, vampirism and tormented love. Set in the remote mountains of Spain.

I am so excited for these penguin short classics collection that were released in 2015. They do not seem to be available in American bookstores, which is why I brought 12 of 80 home with me from London! Reviewing a short story feels like a cop-out in terms of calling ourselves “book” reviewers, but I digress that this is just another form of literature, it’s a “classic,” and these types of works should be respected. The above synopsis barely even touches on what the novella is actually about.

Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) published his short…

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