5 Gothic Horrors to read this Halloween.
Hi all! It's Halloween soon, and if like me you'd rather read a good book instead of traipsing in the cold, you've come to the right place. Today, I've brought a blog post containing five gothic classics to get you in the spooky mood. So what are you waiting for? Grab a blanket and torch, and feast your eyes on these.
Bram Stoker's Dracula
An intelligent aristocrat living in a grand castle has a taste for fresh, virginal blood. Dracula. Charismatic, gentlemanly and mysterious, he is your Victorian Edward Cullen. (With the prestige. Without the stupid sparkle.) Everywhere he goes, decay follows. Like his appearance, the events are also shady, often going unexplained.
Set in a time of strong British Imperialism, the thought of a vicious vampire "taking our Ladies" and *gasp* power, is sure to have frightened any middle-class Victorian. Forget True Blood, Vampire Diaries or any popular (watering down) adaptation of vampires, this is the real thing. Get your fangs stuck in!
This short story is horrifying because it experiments with the two sides of human nature. (Jekyll-Jackall) (Hyde-Hide-an animal's clothing), it scares the reader because of the gory nature of it. A scientist concocts himself a potion which puts him through a horrible physical transformation. Mr.Hyde is brutal, beastly and almost animalistic. Inhuman. With an added hide and seek thrill of not knowing who you're going to meet as you turn the pages through dingy London, this will keep your heart beating. Who will you cross paths with?
Set in the bleak Yorkshire moors, with plenty of fog and mist clouding the air, you're sure to be spooked with uncertainty. All is not as it seems at Thornfield Manor, where the brooding Edward Rochester swoops in and out of his airy mansion, confusing Jane Eyre with obscure conversations. Poor Jane is haunted by a ghostly bride and the sound of mad, echoing laughter every night. But why do the housekeepers keep denying this? And why do they keep covering up the stairway with a huge curtain? Every mansion has its secret (passageways), and Thornfield Manor is no different. Enter and discover one there...
Mary Shelly's Frankenstein
The themes of science and experiments appear with galvanism (electricity) being used to bring The Creature to life. Did I mention 'The Creature' is a whole zombie stitched together with the body pieces of dead criminals?
This is not your average ghost, this is an actual physical un-dead monster creating havoc with his anger and revenge. He has immense strength and speed. And a looming body. (Think Hulk)
However, real fear is shown when The Creature is rejected by Frankenstein, as it despairs because of a lack of mate. A lack of love and acceptance. Loneliness and sadness is ever present.
Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray
We all scream in horror at the sight of an ugly selfie. Imagine seeing a selfie of your evil, ugly soul. That's what Dorian Gray is doomed to do. He has a portrait of himself commissioned, containing his soul. Dorian Gray becomes more sinful, following his desires and attaining pleasure without any conscience. These sins are reflected on his portrait. Visiting grim drug dens, treating a girl cruelly, and becoming hedonistic, he loses control of his morals and innocence. Do you dare pull the curtain on the Picture of Dorian Gray to see what lies beyond?
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