Book Reviews of Our First Two Gothic Publications


Our readers know that, currently, Gothic books prevail over other genres in our fiction collection. Furthermore, our first two books belong to the Gothic genre:

Book cover features a silhouette of a monk holding a book

The Living Grave by Liudmyla Starytska-Cherniakhivska; and 

Treasure of the Ages by Klym Polishchuk.

 Both books present beautiful examples of the Gothic genre in Ukrainian literature. 

If you wish to learn more about the books, you might want to read Svitlana Krys’s review in East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies. The review presents a valuable analysis of our Gothic tales. Also, it offers some little-known facts that are of interest to both scholars and lay readers. Svitlana Krys lectures at MacEwan University, Alberta, Canada. One of Svitlana Krys’s fields of expertise is the Gothic genre in Ukrainian literature.

“The two e-books feature Ukrainian authors belonging to the generation known as the Executed Renaissance; both Liudmyla Staryts’ka-Cherniakhivs’ka (1868-1941) and Klym Polishchuk (1891-1937) fell victim to the Stalinist terror of the mid-1930s in Ukraine. Because their works were suppressed during the Soviet period, neither author is widely known in Ukraine […]. The present translations open up the works of both authors to a much wider readership, and for this, Sova Books and Svitlana Chornomorets’, who translated both works, should be praised.” 

(Dr Svitlana Krys, MacEwan University, East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies).

Here, we should mention one more of our Gothic books. It is one of our bestsellers, Orest Somov’s The Witches of Kyiv and Other Gothic Tales. After all, Svitlana Krys also wrote a foreword to this book. For more on this book and the foreword, see “The Witches of Kyiv – Orest Somov’s Gothic Ukraine.

Interestingly, Sherds Podcast aired an episode dedicated to the book, “The Witches of Kyiv by Orest Somov“.

Check out our other articles on the topic:

And since many Ukrainian Gothic novels include elements of demonology, you also might want to read: