Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Dracula

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 […]

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 […]

Zuni Fetiches

Frank Hamilton Cushing (1857-1900) was born in Northeastern Pennsylvania, later moving with his family to western New York. He published his first scientific paper when he was only 17. After a brief period at Cornell University, he was appointed curator of the ethnological department of the National Museum in Washington, D.C.. There he came to […]

The Younger Edda

Snorre Sturleson (1178-1241) was an Icelandic historian, poet and politician. He was twice elected lawspeaker at the Icelandic parliament, the Althing. He was the author of the Prose Edda or Younger Edda, which consists of Gylfaginning (The Fooling of Gylfi), a narrative of Norse mythology, the Skáldskaparmál, a book of poetic language, and the Háttatal, […]

The Wisdom of the Ancients

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St. Alban (1561-1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, and essayist. He is also known as a proponent of the scientific revolution. He was knighted in 1603, created Baron Verulam in 1618, and created Viscount St. Alban in 1621. Bacon’s threefold goals were to discover truth, to serve his country, and to […]

The White Ship, The Tree, and The Tomb

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) was an American author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction, known then simply as weird fiction. His major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and that the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. He […]

Weather and Folk Lore of Peterborough and District

Charles Dack (1848-1923) was the British author who wrote Weather and Folk Lore of Peterborough and District (1911). ‘This is a continuation of a Paper on the ‘Survival of Old Customs’ in Peterborough and the neighbourhood which was read at the Royal Archæological Society’s meeting in 1898, with an addition of a few more old […]

Wake Not the Dead

Johann Ludwig Tieck (1773-1853) was a German poet, translator, editor, novelist, and critic, who was part of the Romantic movement of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Tieck’s transition to Romanticism is seen in the series of plays and stories published under the title Volksmärchen von Peter Lebrecht (1797), a collection which contains the […]

Vaninka

Alexandre Dumas, père (French for ‘father’, akin to Senior in English), born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie (1802-1870) was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world. Many of his novels, including The Count of […]

Urbain Grandier

Alexandre Dumas, père (French for ‘father’, akin to Senior in English), born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie (1802-1870) was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world. Many of his novels, including The Count of […]

The Unicorn: A Mythological Investigation

This little brochure is a contribution, however humble, to the science of psychology; not merely a notice of curious, still less of idle, fancies. The study of man to be successful must commence with his earlier, that is to say, simpler, phases. The ‘solar myth, ‘ vaguely so called, is often ridiculed but never by […]

Through the Ivory Gate, and The Lifted Bandage

Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews (1860- 1936) was an American writer. Best known for a widely read short story about Abraham Lincoln, often printed as a small volume, The Perfect Tribute, she was born at Mobile, Alabama, and married Charles S. Andrews, judge of the New York Court of Appeals. She published many works between 1906 […]

Thaumaturgia; or, Elucidations of the Marvellous

Thaumaturgy (from the Greek words thaûma, stem thaumat-, meaning ‘miracle’ or ‘marvel’ and érgon, meaning ‘work’) is the capability of a saint or magician to work miracles. It is sometimes translated into English as wonderworking. A practitioner of thaumaturgy is a thaumaturge. In the 16th century, the word thaumaturgy entered the English language meaning miraculous […]

The Sleuth of St. James’s Square

Melville Davisson Post (1869-1930) was an American author, born in West Virginia. Although Post’s name is not immediately familiar to those outside specialist circles, many of his collections are still in print and many collections of detective fiction include works by Post. His best-known character is the mystery-solving, justice dispensing Virginian backwoodsman, Uncle Abner. He […]

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