NPR stories about Titus Groan
I first read Mervyn Peake's Titus Groan in adolescence — which was probably unwise. The land of his Gormenghast trilogy, a Gothic realm ruled by the Groans, a dynasty beset with insanity, intrigue, and the crushing burden of ritual, can invade the soul like rising damp.
Peake was thin-faced, wild-eyed, often manic, and exuded talent. He drew and painted as vividly as he wrote, until his decaying sanity leaked into his work. Before he could finish the third novel, Titus