A Lovecraft Bookshelf – special Halloween Edition
october 25, 2017
what did #Lovecraft read?
gothic #horror reading list
👻 halloween meaning
how do you say that? saven?
i wonder how come we say ‘you will rue the day you ever saw him’
very Poe – raven wreath below
so, according to this list i’m supposed to visit an octoberfest today. good thing i like sauerkraut, and cabbage rolls.
the Three of Swords tarot card shown below
tasseomancy, or the art of tea-leaf reading
shang dynasty oracle bone shown above #china. The scapula bone of a tortoise would be heated on a fire until cracks formed. Then, the patterns of the cracks would be ‘read’ by the geomancer, in much the same way as someone would read tea leaves.
pit where many such bones were found #china
⚠️: some graphic images follow
Salem massachusetts is famous as the locus of the notorious witch trials that took place in the 17th century
nearby, in Pennsylvania where many dutch people settled including many Amish, you can still find ‘hex’ signs (fixed onto barns and home 🏡 to ward off evil)
is a distelink a kind of bird?
romans à clé – the detective novel – the 19th century marked the beginning of this genre of literature which remains popular to this day
early roman key/cle above
murders in the rue morgue – an edgar allan poe story
a page from poe’s original manuscript shown above
edgar allan poe, unhappy genius, has become almost a cottage industry of derivative art, film, and books.
his short unhappy life was marked by illness and tragedy…the death of his cousin-wife and his own death under extremely mysterious circumstances.
marie roget – another poe story turned into film
goldbug – a poe story. i dont think i read this story but it was turned into a ‘Night Gallery’ episode. (i might have gotten this mixed up with the Caterpillar, Night Gallery episode) horrifying, especially since i was only ten.
metzengerstein – this poe story is unfamiliar to me
game based on poe’s metzengerstein
horace walpole – the castle of otranto
the improbably named ‘strawberry hill house’ from where walpole wrote his gothic fiction.
the modern reader can go on tours of walpole’s estate in London, vast and impeccably furnished
the castle of otranto is considered the classic gothic romance, and has been translated into several languages
walpole’s round library above (looking forward to visiting it sometime, next trip to england, hopefully not during dark dreary November:)
walpole looks rather a dandy, portrait of a young Horace above
translating sentences like the above might be a bit tricky, however. but, typical of gothic literature, overblown, some might say…fervid?
a real life photo of a victorian era funeral. perhaps the young family perished during an epidemic of some sort
FRANKENSTEIN – the man-made ‘man’ – written by mary wollenstonecraft shelley
made into film many many times, spoofed and serious versions, derivative works such as ‘bride of frankenstein’ also
according to the graphic below it has been made into film 130 times! incroyable!
the circumstances surrounding the writing of frsnkenstein are well-known. Mary Shelley, Polidori and Byron while summering in lake geneva, switzerland, decide to do a writing challenge
here is an audiobook with a twist. rolling text. frankenstein in full. unabridged reading.
available on youtube
three works are produced: ‘frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus’,
Frankenstein would later be published anonymously in 1818 and was considered ‘heretical’ because it went against church doctrine that only God could create life
not dissimilar from the jewish legend of the golem. disaster befalls the man who dares create – disobedience, death
book by peter ackroyd
charlotte perkins gilman – bedridden in a yellow-papered room, the narrator of this very famous story slowly but inexorably goes mad. but is it the wallpaper or her doctor husband who is to blame?
the 19th century saw a surge of interest in the occult and spiritism, like table rapping, and seances where spirit mediums were called upon to communicate with the dead, or produce other phenomena…such as ectoplasms
vincent price indulges in a bit of satire in ‘Monster Mash'
e f bleiler
illsutration of frankenstein – above
Montague Rhodes James/better known as MR James
James was a scholar, antiquarian, and popular ghost story teller. His annual Christmas ghost story tale was a beloved event (i dont know how the telling of ghost stories became associated with christmas but there you go…) how domwe explain how the christmas tree, a pagan ritual became a christmas tradition?
the goldbug part 1 – v enjoyable
another Poe tale
the goldbug part 2
algernon blackwood – an american writer whom Lovecraft admired
the german student
erckmann chatrian were a writing duo (which is rare) but towards the end of their career they had a falling out, and apparently never spoke to each other again
the werewolf – stories of werewolves date back at least to roman times, according to lovecraft
sheridan lefanu – lovecraft particularly admired Le Fanu’s writing
born in dublin his parents were irish and french and lovecraft attributed his peculiar genius to his mixed heritage and linguistic capabilities
carmilla is his most famous work
the werewolf in roman legend sometimes called lycanthropes
also referred to as shapeshifters, especially in native american legends
gaston leroux early pioneer of the roman a cle – mystery or detective story
best known for’ le phantome de l’opera ‘ hit musical and many many film adaptations
was a lawyer and a journalist
and did a lot of court reportage
gaston laroux – the yellow room
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‘all i ask of you’ christine and her lover sing while the Phantom looks on
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A Lovecraft Bookshelf: An Annotated Bibliography based on H.P. Lovecraft’s essay “The Supernatural in Horror” https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01E81MB80/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_ShRYzbR6Z6DDK
photo of gaston leroux
un cle/a key
phantom of the opera takes place at paris’ Opera Garnier
‘she was a phantom of delight…’
murders in the rue morgue – ea poe
bodice-rippers are kind of descendants of the early gothic pioneered in england
last edited september 27, 2017
you can find more about the american horror writer h p lovecraft pictured at right
Poe at left with raven on his head
this by yours truly,
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some of the titles featured below, esp. the vintage editions may be available thru independent booksellers on their sites
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Lovecraft’s visage can best be described as ‘lugubrious’, sombre rather than craggy, resembling a tombstone more than anything else. it quite matches the character of his writings, morbid, dark, strange… his theme is primarily what he describes as “cosmic terror”
the ‘old ones’ as well as a few other themes frequently pop up in his writings, also in many other writers’ works
cf ‘older than old’ ‘ancient of days’ (african myths)
‘eldritch’ is another favored Lovecraftian word/theme
coleridge – christobel
sir bertrand 1773
petronius – on. werewolves
phlegon on wonderful events
the upper berth marion crawford
m r james
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the turn of the screw by henry james
washington irving – the headless horseman
the german student
goethe the bride of corinth
corpse bride 👰 story
phlegon – on wonderful events
s baring gould
the title below (by yours truly) is available as an #ebook thru #amazon/kindle
“Lovecraft’s influential essay on horror written in 1927 “The Supernatural in Horror” surveyed horror fiction from its gothic romance beginnings, its European sources, and onward to its American heirs. This annotated bibliography contains information to weblinks you can use to find and read much of the horror fiction which Lovecraft considered to be great as well as the sources for the themes that continue to run through horror literature: our enduring fascination with demons, vampires, werewolves and the like. Most are now available to read on the net free of charge and many are also available in audio format. Lovecraft’s essay is reproduced in full at the beginning of this book.” J.Lim ed. and compiler (2016)
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lovecraft had a puritan upbringing – new england in the eastern United States. picture the spectre of the salem witch trials still hanging over the dark wooded countryside
sparsely populated new england
nathaniel hawthorne’s 7 gables house in photo below (House of the Seven Gables)
At the Mountains of Madness is one of Lovecraft’s longest short stories – antarctica. discovery of an ancient #alien? civilization
available as an audiobook (tho there could be a better narrator than the one i heard on #youtube. check out a fee to find one whose voice you like to listen to. a little monotone and dry-voiced). really dislike the metallic tones of the machine -read ones. librevox.com. produced and read by volunteers)
also Audible.com for paid versions of books read out loud. many are also available from public library websites
Lovecraft has become a #cult phenomenon tho during his lifetime he barely managed to scratch out a living from the sale of his writings
lovecraft admired many but also had some scathing commentary about some of the #horror literature #pulp being published not only in his day but before to the beginnings of ‘modern gothic’ literature in England and the Continent
the color out of space is one of my favorites, about an ‘unimaginable’ color. Lovecraft thought it was much spookier to leave things to the imagination rather than default to a blood and gore style which he vociferously deplored
lovecraft admired a variety of writers such as
oliver wendell holmes – (famous american judge) elsie venner
british writer ann radcliffe
it was the heyday of a profound interest in spiritualism: seances, clairvoyance, mediums, ectoplasmic phenomena. many were skeptics but many more were believers. seance depicted above, where attendees tried to raise the spirits and communicate with the dead thru the presence of a medium, generally a female.
wilkie collins was an early bestseller
a highly prolific writer, but generally remains known thru two of his novels – woman in white and the moonstone
best known for his hit phenomena ‘the Moonstone’ and ‘woman in white’ collins produced easily several dozen novels as well as theatre adaptations, short stories etc
many were published in serial form, like Dickens’ novels
other writers Lovecraft surveys in his essay
3 volume/4 volume? – there must be different editions of Mysteries of Udolpho
tho most would consider Wuthering Heights as a romance novel…Lovecraft considered it had supernatural elements
‘Great God Pan’ is a highly enjoyable story based on the Pan of greek myth
Pan the god
more depuctions of Pan
usually depicted w horns
also admired was the british writer E Bulwer-Lytton
and of course edgar allan poe the master of american horror
for links to free public domain #horror #weird #literature surveyed by L please go to
my compilation of L’s classic essay ‘supernatural in horror’ 1927
available thru #amazon.ca .com. and other amazon international sites .jp .uk australia etc.
- the house of the seven gables pictured above
portrait of Hawthorne in sepia below
the Scarlet Letter
he also greatly admired the genteel scholarly scares provided by the writer MR James
famous for his snnual reading of the christmas 🎄 ghost story
which remains a traditiin to this day
radio 📻 play BBC
skme of his short stories (which eere his favored form) have been made into film (though surprisingly few)
genrrally start off with the discovert of a ‘hauntrd artefact’
eg a scroll, a painting, rtc
this trope still very popular to this day
eg. ‘the Historian’ by Elizabeth Kistovs
a mysterious book keeps appearing to
castle of otranto by horace walpole