Halloween Historical Horrorama
Halloween looms ominously before us, dripping blood from its sharp fangs. How better to spend the next couple of days than being spooked? Below: some early modern and nineteenth-century horrors, both fictional and factual, famous and otherwise.
- A sampling of Victorian ghost stories.
- Spring-Heeled Jack.
- Douglas Linder's site devoted to the Salem Witchcraft Trials.
- "Lizzie Borden took an axe..."
- Not, of course, that Lizzie managed Jack the Ripper's body count.
- Elizabeth Bathory (the "Blood Countess").
- You can find accounts of various and sundry hauntings at Mysterious Britain.
- Lots more British hauntings at Haunted London.
- Not exactly scary, but still: a rare nineteenth-century anthology of ghost stories.
- Count August Villiers de L'Isle Adam, "A Torture by Hope."
- Daniel Defoe, "A Relation of the Apparition of Mrs. Veal" (1706).
- For late-Victorian ghost stories, M. R. James is the author to read.
- But see also Vernon Lee, Hauntings.
- Melodrama, anyone? Here's Richard Brinsley Peake's adaptation of Frankenstein, Presumption; Or, the Fate of Frankenstein (1823).
- "Poor Polidori": John Polidori, The Vampyre (1819).
- Speaking of vampires, don't forget to visit Dracula's Home Page.
- Believe it or not, Bram Stoker seems to have believed that he had a sense of humor. Witness "The Dualitists."
- In 1885, Karl Heinrich Ulrichs published a gay vampire story.
[X-posted from The Little Professor.]
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Jonathan Dresner - 10/30/2006
Fixed the link, thanks.
Deeni Steen - 10/30/2006
the link to the little professor is wrong-- typepad is misspelled (as I think "misspelled" is)
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