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But also, there was the whole Madame Blavatsky thing going on then, so spiritualism and Theosophy grabbed their attention too. Especially the Society for Psychical Research. The Undiscovered Country , The Bostonians, A Christmas Carol
Then there is Imperial Gothic, like King Solomon's Mines, The Moonstone, and Jane Eyre.
More suggestions here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/181382#4871649
I read The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in October last year and wasn't greatly enamoured. Depending how things go I might try to borrow Dracula from the library for next month - I'm hanging onto Frankenstein for the 'women' month.
I had picked up The Doll and other stories by Daphne du Maurier but just realised that she was writing in the 1930s so that won't fit the bill for March (I wonder if they fit this month's Supernatural... I guess I won't know until I've read them!)
>2 LibraryCin: I'll probably be doing The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as well. And From Hell is perfect for graphic novels/April! The movie's pretty darn good, too. :) I haven't read the graphic novel yet.
I wasn't super excited to be reading more gothic fiction this month, but I put the following audiobooks on hold at work, so I'll pick through the ones that are the shortest or most interesting--or I may listen to them all! :o
Possible audiobooks I'll be listening to in March:
1) The Best of Edgard Allen Poe (has The tell-tale heart, The cask of Amontillado, The masque of the red death, The raven, Annabel Lee, Facts in the case of M. Valdemar, Ulalume, The black cat, The bells, The pit and the pendulum, The fall of the house of Usher, The purloined letter, The gold bug, and Berenice.)
2) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
3) The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
4) Classic tales of horror and suspense (has Disc 1. The hound of the Baskervilles / Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. -- Disc 2. The time machine / H. G. Wells. -- Disc 3. The strange case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde / Robert Louis Stevenson -- Disc 4. The gold bug ; The cask of Amontillado ; The fall of the House of Usher / Edgar Allan Poe. I'll probably just listen to The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr Hyde on this one.)
5) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I do like Edgar Allen Poe (or some of the stories, anyway). I hated Wuthering Heights! I hated both main characters, so that set me up to hate the book.
Good luck, whatever you decide!
Meanwhile, >13 LibraryCin:, I'm so glad to hear someone else say that about Wuthering Heights! I've been told by someone whose trust I taste that I might think differently if I read it While considering it a gothic novel, but I just haven't gotten there yet!
I kind of like Edgar Allan Poe. His shorter stuff I like, but I think I read a story or two by him and was bored out of my mind. Some of the movie adaptations of his stories are really good. *makes note to steer clear of Wuthering Heights* Thank you for the heads-up! :) I trust your judgment.
Most of my audiobooks have come in. I think I'm still waiting on the Charles Dickens one.
>14 whitewavedarling: Good luck with Phantom of the Opera and The Mystery of Edwin Drood if you read them both! :)
>17 LibraryCin: I haven't tried anything by Emily Bronte and I seriously doubt I ever will. Too many other books to read. :) I've heard a lot of people who love it, but then, they love classics to begin with.
(Sorry, tried to touchstone AofGG but it seems to be bringing up a bunch of abridgements and the rest of the series! Not going to take time to keep looking now.)
Off the top of my head, I really like Jane Austen. Not everybody does, though. I was hesitant to try her, but someone over at shelfari recommended watching the BBC mini-series of Pride and Prejudice before reading it (that's the one with Colin Firth). I did it that way and would also recommend it. :-) P&P was my first by Austen and one of my favourites by her (Emma was probably my least favourite with a 3 star (ok) rating, I believe). I also really enjoyed the gothic one she wrote and the title is currently escaping me.
I'll try to come up with some more accessible ones, as well, for you. Come to think of it, I think I have a list over at shelfari along those lines. I'll take a look for it on Friday or Saturday.
I've had Pride and Prejudice recommended to me several times by LTers and coworkers. I might try it...eventually. But for now, I prefer watching the movie versions of Jane Austen's books.
Cool, I look forward to your list. No rush though. I'm still trying to wrap up my February reads. :)
>22 LibraryCin: LOL! No worries. I find it interesting how much horror has changed over the years. After all, how many threads do you know of where they recommend reading Jane Austen and Stephen King? ;)
I did consider String of Pearls for March but I've got my two chosen.
I finished an audiobook yesterday while at work: Classic Tales of Horror and Suspense. It had The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (unfortunately, this one was so scratched, I couldn't listen to it), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, and three Edgar Allan Poe stories: The Gold Bug, The Fall of the House of Usher, and The Cask of Amontillado. I think gothic classics and I just don't get along, and I'm ok with that. :) While I loved the sound effects, different narrators, etc., I was utterly bored by some of the stories. In fact, the only one I really liked was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The rest just weren't my thing (not very scary and sometimes too many names to keep track of--but then, I was also working at the same time, so I wasn't putting 100% of my attention into the stories), but thankfully they were short! That's the main reason why I started with this audiobook first--it was the shortest. Sadly, I gave this audiobook a 1/5 rating (though, technically, it was something like a 1.6 average, which I could've bumped up to a 2, but meh, I was cranky from having to listen to several hours of classic writing). I kept thinking more fondly of the movies of them than the stories themselves, so in a way, I do appreciate the stories, but I think the writing style is a little too old for my little uneducated brain to handle. ;) I hope everyone's having better luck with their reads! :)
Poe is a complete contrast to Stevenson's style - he's very, very wordy and some of the stories so far are a bit boring, although the ones I've enjoyed have been good. But he's much harder work than Stevenson, who I'm liking so much I might even try Treasure Island, which I've never had any interest in. He's got a very fresh, readable style for the era. (Incidentally, the only story of Poe's I've read so far that featured on your audiobook was The Gold Bug, which I liked. Be grateful you didn't have to suffer The Mystery of Marie Roget, which was beyond tedious!).
>30 Peace2: >31 saraslibrary: I'd have thought Cathy at the window could be quite horrific, but then I wouldn't like anything at my window after the horror of watching Salem's Lot on tv as a child! One of those scares I've never forgotten...
That's a very good way of putting it: Poe is very wordy. And I'm with you: I was so impressed with Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, I might just dig up my copy of Treasure Island and re-read it. (My mom used to read it to my sister and I when we were kids.) Stevenson is much more readable; I agree! *duly noted on The Mystery of Marie Roget* :) I wasn't too blown away by The Gold Bug, though. Sorry. :)
I haven't watched Salem's Lot yet. :( But re: spooky things at your window: Poltergeist scared the bejesus out of me as a kid because of this! o.o We had trees outside our window; that's why.
>33 sturlington: Good to know about Treasure Island. It's been forever since I read it (correction: had it read to me). It might be fun to read around our Seafair festival in the summer. Pirates galore!
Good for you for continuing to try various books, though, even though you are already suspecting you won't necessarily be impressed.
>36 LibraryCin: Oh, yeah, Jekyll and Hyde was easily my favorite of the bunch. :) Good luck reading it. I hope you like it just as much. And thank you re: my continuing with various books, despite my aversion to gothic clasics. I think it's actually good for me. Kind of like Horror 101 and getting a history lesson of how horror's developed over the centuries.
>37 saraslibrary: Oh, you Googled it did you? Didn't you want it to be a nice surprise when you watch the film?
>32 Moomin_Mama: I'm curious about which scenes frightened the rest of us (anything from film, books, or tv), but seeing as this is the March thread I thought we could 'take it to cat corner' (or should I say KIT corner) and discuss it over in the 'cat talk' thread.
>39 Moomin_Mama: Too many books, never enough time... -- LOL! Amen. :) Too bad I couldn't have glasses at work that had a book open in one lens, so I could read while working. :D
I google everything, sorry. :D No, I'll probably have forgotten the image by the time I get to it. And, besides, I usually like to watch horror movies at night with the lights off, so I'm sure I'll be good and spooked. ;)
Sure, good idea on the frightening scenes! :) I'll have to put my thinking cap on and take a look through my collection.
I haven't peeked ahead at all the upcoming themes, though I know we had a discussion about them. I just don't remember! So, I am hoping the rest will be easier... and hopefully for most, if not all, I will have something on my tbr that will fit.
The passage that got me was the one where the protagonist first spies the pendulum. It says that he sees a painted figure of time and 'he held what, at a casual glance, I supposed to be the pictured image of a huge pendulum'. Then on closer look the protagonist 'I fancied that I saw it in motion'. I assumed when he says 'fancied' he meant that it was possibly his imagination.
I know the theme is of terror that renders the sufferer insensible. In the first sentence the protagonist says 'And then there stole into my fancy, like a rich musical note, the thought of what sweet rest there must be in the grave.' At the end he is saved at the last moment, and that moment is even more unlikely than the rest of the story. I took that to mean that in the end he got his release, and imagined himself saved just before he plunged into the pit, thus being saved from a nasty end by his own mind.
From what I've read on the internet, the story seems to be taken as straightforward and not in anyway as being 'all in the mind'.
Any thoughts? Anyone?
People have been wondering where Dr. Jekyll has been disappearing to and why the horrible Mr. Hyde seems to be such a good “friend” to Jekyll.
This was ok. It might have been better if I didn't know what was going on, just for having heard what the story's about. But then, maybe not. It just wasn't really holding my interest. At least it was short and quick to read.
My copy included the title story, The Body Snatcher, A Lodging for the Night, Markheim, Thrawn Janet, and The Misadventures of John Nicholson.
Overall I was impressed. I found Stevenson to be very readable with great story-telling skills, and I recommend Thrawn Janet in particular as a great Victorian horror story, if you don't mind the Scottish dialect it's written in. More in my own thread (beware spoilers).
I didn't realise but in picking Poe and Stevenson as my March reads I got two very interesting Victorian authors to compare and contrast. Poe's tales (which I've almost finished) were written right at the beginning of Victoria's reign, have a very distinctly Gothic influence, and the language can be quite convoluted (to the point of being almost unreadable at his worst). Stevenson was writing at the height of Victoria's reign and his style is much fresher, more concise, with the emphasis more on story-telling than on mood. It's so much more modern than Poe's. But in their range of subjects they share similarities - they were both very versatile; their tales could be moral, horrific and comedic; and both were well known for more than just horror tales, although their horror had quite a range too, from the historical to the comtemporary, and the gruesome to the psychological. And I didn't realise that both died young, at 40 and 44 respectively.
You have 600 books in your TBR pile? You're lucky! :) I haven't counted my unread books, because it'd probably put me in a panic.
If you want a quick reminder of the categories per month, here they are:
January: Traditional/classic Gothic works
March: Victorian Gothic
April: Graphic novels & short stories
May: Women & non-English
June: Gothic Pulp & weird fiction
July: Hauntings/ghost stories
September: Southern Gothic
December: Contemporary/modern Gothic
>44 LibraryCin: LOL! Yeah, I know some people can't stand to watch horror movies at night, but for me, that's the best time, especially right before bed. I rarely have nightmares of the movies. I usually have more nightmares of everyday things--work, being out in public, etc. :/ What I wouldn't give for a Gremlin to be chasing me around instead. ;)
>45 Moomin_Mama: Oooh....er....I wish I could help you out with that one, but I don't understand much of Edgar Allan Poe's work. Sorry! :(
>46 LibraryCin: & >47 Moomin_Mama: Yay! I'm glad others like The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as well. :) It was certainly better than the other stories I read this month (most of them were Poe's).
You're right. Looking at that list again, the only one that will likely be tricky for me is June: Gothic pulp and weird fiction. hmmmmm...
For horror movies at night, that used to be my favourite time to watch, as well... until I started living alone - no more!!! It's not even nightmares, just my imagination - what if someone got in while I'm here alone!?
Speaking of April (we weren't, I know!) I found I have two of the volumes of Swamp Thing I want to read and am lacking two, so ordered them online. They were out of stock so I ordered early to ensure I get them in time. If anyone's interested the volumes I'm reading are volumes 1-4 of Alan Moore's run. He starts off essentially re-writing Swamp Thing's character, so it's a great starting point, but then Swamp Thing is tracked down by Constantine and sent on a wild goose chase around America, confronting various horrors - there are the traditional vampires, werewolves and zombies, with various themes, many particularly American: slavery, feminism, serial killers, psychedelia, gun ownership, etc. There is a reason Constantine picks Swamp Thing, and that story-line is wrapped up by volume 4. The illustrations throughout really do add to the horror, they are amazing.
For those of you who have read Stevenson's "The Body Snatcher", have you seen the Val Lewton film, with Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff? I definitely recommend it!
>51 mathgirl40: I've come across pictures for the Val Lewton film but never seen it. I'll have to look for it online, thanks for that :)
Which Le Fanu story did you read? Was it Squire Toby's Will? I love that story, I never thought a bulldog could give me the creeps!
If anyone can suggest anyone else I could check to see if they have anything else that I could try to track down. (I'm happy to take this to a different thread if people prefer).
>55 mathgirl40: I don't remember 'Dickon the Devil' but I'm sure I've read it - if it's a haunted house story then I would have enjoyed it, no doubt.
Joking aside, you could Google for lists of top/famous horror story collections, see what comes up, and see if your library has them - no point browsing through a general fiction section for more obscure works. Or try and think of popular authors who have collections of scary stories - I've already mentioned Kiss Kiss and Stephen King, but there is also The Lottery and other stories by Shirley Jackson, and Neil Gaiman has a few collections (although I'm not familiar with him; I'm sure someone else in this group could help you out with a few suggestions). Joyce Carol Oates is another author who writes short horror-ish stories.
Richard Matheson also wrote a lot of short horror fiction, to add onto the suggestions >59 Moomin_Mama: made. Joe Hill has a collection called 20th Century Ghosts.
>59 Moomin_Mama: and >60 sturlington: Thank you for the suggestions, I'll make a note of them and then see what I can track down in a couple of weeks time (I've still not finished last month's read although I did get through one for this month)