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Books in Wernicke: The Best Ghost Story Collections

Books in Wernicke: The Best Ghost Story Collections | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

However, for all the ghost stories written, there are a surprisingly small number of books of ghost stories that can be considered truly great, and here I mean books by a single author, not anthologies with multiple authors (which I will cover at a future time).

Over the years, some of these books have found their place in the High Barn Library and I have chosen just nine, with one exception spanning the 60 or so years between 1872 and 1930, during which period the literary and psychological ghost story forms reached their zenith.

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Review: Reading Vampire Gothic Through Blood: Bloodlines | The Gothic Imagination

Review: Reading Vampire Gothic Through Blood: Bloodlines | The Gothic Imagination | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

Across the past two decades the classic Gothic figure of the Vampire has – despite their iconic solitary, elusive and secretive nature – hardly been out of the public eye since the release of Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1992. Since the early 1990s, Vampires of all shapes and leather-clad sizes have hit our small and big screens with varying levels of cult-pop impact: Interview with A Vampire (1994); Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Series, 1997-2003); Blade Trilogy (1998-2004); Ultraviolet  (Series, 1998); Angel (Series, 1999-2004) Underworld (Film Series, 2003-2012); Van Helsing (2004); True Blood (2008-2014); though I am loathe to include it, the notorious Twilight Saga(2008-2012); Daybreakers (2009); and of course the still ongoing teen-angst-fuelled The Vampire Diaries (2009-?). It would appear that Vampires have infected every vein of cultural output since their first literary appearance in Polidori’s The Vampyre in 1819.It is with this massive cultural circulation in mind that Aspasia Stephanou enters into a masterful discussion of the most iconic Vampiric substance: blood.

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The Real Mr. Difficult, or Why Cthulhu Threatens to Destroy the...

The Real Mr. Difficult, or Why Cthulhu Threatens to Destroy the... | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
I MAY AS WELL state my claim in as straightforward a way as possible: H. P. Lovecraft, he of the squamous and eldritch, is wrongly derided as a bad writer. Lovecraft is actually a difficult writer. The previous decade saw a slow-motion dust-up over the notion of difficult writers thanks to...
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The Last American Vampire

The Last American Vampire | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
The grisly vampire hysteria that gripped a New England town in 1892 sounds like a Halloween legend, but it is a true tale of the macabre.
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Stephen King’s ‘Revival’

Stephen King’s ‘Revival’ | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Two men are locked in a battle of wills in Stephen King’s novel of fanaticism and what might exist on the other side of life.
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Nyarlathotep: Lovecraft's Dual Prespective on the Wonder and Fear of Science

Nyarlathotep: Lovecraft's Dual Prespective on the Wonder and Fear of Science | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Shot from the film Nyarlathotep (Directed by Christian Matzke; 2001) Nyarlathotep is one of Lovecraft's most well known and more frequently cited entities (possibly second only to Cthulhu).  Accord...
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"Cthulhu: A Puppet Play" - watch for free, "definitely not for kids"

"Cthulhu: A Puppet Play" - watch for free, "definitely not for kids" | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
"Eerie, downright scary...a macabre and terrifying tale utilizing ingenious life-size puppets, film and an ominous percussive score"
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Baddies in books: Hannibal Lecter, magnetic and unhinged

Baddies in books: Hannibal Lecter,  magnetic and unhinged | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Cannibal psychopath he may be, but Lecter feeds our hungry fantasies of being singled out by a hyperintelligent outsider, writes Dan Holloway
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A Questão Cosmogônica em "Frankenstein" de Mary Shelley (Lilian Cristina Corrêa)

“O interesse pela origem da vida sempre foi um fator intrigante em toda a história da humanidade, ora em simples forma de curiosidade diante do enigma da existência, ora de maneira mais concreta, a...
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The Weakness of the Old Ones

The Weakness of the Old Ones | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
An excellent and entertaining resource on Lovecraft's stories is the HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast hosted by Chris Lackey and Chad Fifer.  Over the years they have reviewed and analyzed all of HPL'...
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Podcast #35: Neil Gaiman on Fairy Tales Revisited

Podcast #35: Neil Gaiman on Fairy Tales Revisited | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library Podcast brings you the best of the Library's author talks, live events, and other bookish curiosities. In our most recent episode, Neil Gaiman discusses his new interpretation of Hansel and Gretel. Gaiman, the beloved bestselling author of Coraline, American Gods, and The Graveyard Book, joined us for a special Halloween Live at NYPL event. He spoke about librarians, why he learned to read, and his first brush with "Hansel and Gretel."
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Grimm brothers’ fairytales have blood and horror restored in new translation

Grimm brothers’ fairytales have blood and horror restored in new translation | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
‘It is time for parents and publishers to stop dumbing down the tales for children,’ says editor of uncut edition
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Humanities in Public - Gothic Manchester Festival 2014

We talk to Director of Gothic Manchester Festival, Dr Linnie Blake and Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes from MMU's Centre for Gothic Studies as they let us in on their highlights…
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Critifiction, or the Status of Experimental Gothic: Part Two | The Gothic Imagination

Critifiction, or the Status of Experimental Gothic: Part Two | The Gothic Imagination | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

In my last post I suggested that the dominion of postmodernism had passed. The deconstructive impulse pursued so earnestly in the ‘new’ fiction of the 60s and 70s, and which re-emerged as parody in the 1990s, seems to have dwindled in the face of a resurgent narrative conservatism.

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Baddies in books: Robert Wringhim, a great sinner

Baddies in books: Robert Wringhim, a great sinner | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
The anti-hero of James Hogg’s Private Memoirs of a Justified Sinner is a magnetic study of a good man gone bad, writes Stuart Kelly
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Bits of Oscar Wilde, hiding in plain sight at the Free Library

Bits of Oscar Wilde, hiding in plain sight at the Free Library | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Three previously unknown Oscar Wilde items have surfaced in the Free Library of Philadelphia's rare-book collection and are being greeted by scholars and aficionados as perhaps one of the most important Wilde discoveries in decades.
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The Earliest Illustrations Of Literature's Great Classic Monsters

The Earliest Illustrations Of Literature's Great Classic Monsters | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
We have our own idea of what modern English and American creatures like Dracula, Frankenstein's Creature, and the horrors of H.P. Lovecraft look like based on countless adaptations and re-adaptations. But what did these monsters look like when they were first introduced?
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The Expanding Borders of Area X | Scott Nicolay

The Expanding Borders of Area X | Scott Nicolay | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

As a reader, as a writer, I have no question that The Weird exists, both as a mode of expression and an external experience. Nor do I question that we are in the midst of a genuine Weird Renaissance, right this very now. Look not to me to define the parameters of either – I find it right that those boundaries remain vague. For me, these things are givens. At this point, before you read any further, I wish that I could issue you each a small black metal rectangle with a red hole at its heart. If at any time the red heart were to begin glowing, you would know to remove yourself to a safe place. Alas you must trust instead to your own discomfort for the signal to retreat.

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Review: Romanticism, Memory and Mourning | The Gothic Imagination

Review: Romanticism, Memory and Mourning | The Gothic Imagination | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

Romanticism, Memory and Mourning by Durham University’s Dr Mark Sandy is a detailed study of how the major Romantic poets (and a selection of their ‘post-Romantic’ heirs) respond to ideas of grief, loss and death on both a personal and a public level. Within a critical framework of Nietzchean philosophy, Sandy interrogates the interplay between consolation and disconsolation in the grieving, fragmentary Romantic subject, whose fears about the finality of death (and the desire to overcome this mortal restraint) permeate their poetry, often to the point of obsession.

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Perversion and degeneracy in The Picture of Dorian Gray

Perversion and degeneracy in The Picture of Dorian Gray | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Many reviewers denounced Oscar Wilde’s novel as perverse and immoral. Professor Roger Luckhurst explores the work’s sexual and moral ambiguities.
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Best-Selling Victorian Author’s Werewolf Novel Fascinating

Best-Selling Victorian Author’s Werewolf Novel Fascinating | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Until recently and only thanks to a blog by Interesting Literature, I had never heard of George W.M. Reynolds (1814-1879), and even Anne Rice in her novel The Wolf Gift (2012), where she mentions s...
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Darkness.com ☥'s curator insight, November 23, 5:01 PM

I know the initial reaction to classical literature is... "Get it awaaaay!" --So much so, that a lot of doofy little emo kids running around armed with Wikipedia's synopses in their brains, as opposed to -actually- reading the original horror classics. But! It's worth it.


It's worth it to read the classics because there is a language, a mood, and it creeps in, while you read. Nothing else can do that except the original writing of the author, --their voices are still available over a century past their deaths. No one can tell you a good werewolf story like the person who wrote some of the earliest examples of horror fiction.

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A True Account of Sublime Terror and Paranormal Activity

A True Account of Sublime Terror and Paranormal Activity | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
October 2012. It was early in the evening, and I was sat in the Odeon about to indulge in the guilty pleasure of watching Paranormal Activity 4. I was also alone (something the poster specifically ...
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Necronomicon 2013: THE CTHULHU MYTHOS - YouTube

Arguably one of Lovecraft's most powerful and enduring creations but just what is the Cthulhu Mythos? What beings belong to it? What stories are Mythos and w...
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Review: The Gothic Fairy Tale in Young Adult Literature | The Gothic Imagination

Review: The Gothic Fairy Tale in Young Adult Literature | The Gothic Imagination | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
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