Category: Horror


Dracula has been attributed to many literary genres including horror fiction, the gothic novel and invasion literature. Structurally it is an epistolary novel, that is, told as a series of diary entries and letters. Literary critics have examined many themes in the novel, such as the role of women in Victorian culture, conventional and repressed […]

Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The story is set in the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town, New York, in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow. It tells the story of Ichabod Crane, a priggish schoolmaster from Connecticut, who competes with Abraham “Brom Bones” Van Brunt, for the hand of eighteen-year-old Katrina Van Tassel. As Crane leaves a party, he is […]

The Shining

The Shining (1977) is a horror novel by American author Stephen King. King’s third published novel, the success of the book firmly established King as a pre-eminent author in the genre. A film based upon the book, The Shining directed by Stanley Kubrick, was released in 1980. The book was later adapted into a television […]

The Tales of the Heptameron, Volume I

Marguerite de Navarre (1492-1549), also known as Marguerite of Angouleme and Margaret of Navarre, was the queen consort of King Henry II of Navarre. As patron of humanists and reformers, and as an author in her own right, she was an outstanding figure of the French Renaissance. Samuel Putnam called her ‘The First Modern Woman’. […]


Pierre Jules Theophile Gautier (1811-1872) est un poete, romancier, peintre et critique d’art francais. Lecteur avide, il a cinq ans lorsqu’il commence a lire. Sa grande passion est Robinson Crusoe. En 1820, a l’age de huit ans, il fait un bref sejour en tant que pensionnaire au lycee Louis-le-Grand. Tout en menant ‘toutes les grandes […]

Present at a Hanging and Other Ghost Stories

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-1914) was an American editorialist, journalist, short-story writer and satirist, today best known for his The Devil’s Dictionary (1911). He wrote some of his books under the pseudonyms Dod Grile and J. Milton Sloluck. Bierce’s lucid, unsentimental style has kept him popular when many of his contemporaries have been consigned to oblivion. […]

The Mahatma and the Hare: A Dream Story

Sir Henry Rider Haggard KBE (1856-1925) was a Victorian writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations. After failing his army entrance exam he was sent to a private ‘crammer’ in London to prepare for the entrance exam for the British Foreign Office, for which he never sat. Haggard’s father sent him to Africa in […]

The Legend of Saint-Julian the Hospitaller

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) was a French writer who is counted among the greatest Western novelists. He is known especially for his first published novel, Madame Bovary (1857), and for his scrupulous devotion to his art and style, best exemplified by his endless search for ‘le mot juste’ (‘the precise word’). In September 1849, he completed […]

A Journey from This World to the Next

Henry Fielding (1707-1754) was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humour and satirical prowess, and as the author of the novel Tom Jones. He was born in Sharpham near Glastonbury in Somerset in 1707, and was educated at Eton College. Later he went to London where his literary career began. In […]

Jane: A Social Incident

Mary Mackay (1855-1924), was a British novelist. She began her career as a musician, adopting the name Marie Corelli for her billing. She gave up music, turning to writing instead and in 1886 published her first novel, A Romance of Two Worlds. In her time, she was the most widely read author of fiction but […]

The Cruel Painter

George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. Though no longer well known, his works (particularly his fairy tales and fantasy novels) have inspired admiration in such notables as W. H. Auden, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Madeleine L’Engle. C. S. Lewis wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his ‘master’. Even Mark […]

Carnacki: The Ghost Finder

William Hope Hodgson (1877-1918) was an English author. He produced a large body of work, consisting of essays, short fiction, and novels, spanning several overlapping genres including horror, fantastic fiction and science fiction. Early in his writing career he dedicated effort to poetry, although few of his poems were published during his lifetime. He also […]

The Art of Disappearing

John Talbot Smith (1855-1923) was an American clergyman and author. In 1881 he was ordained as a priest and in 1883 he was made a pastor of Rouse’s Point. He was a contributor to Catholic World and other magazines and journals. His works include: A Woman of Culture (1880), A History of the Diocese of […]

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