In 1798, a decade after the Founding Fathers created a nation based on the principles of liberty and equality, Charles Brockden Brown, then an unknown Philadelphia writer, invented the American Gothic novel. His first book, “Wieland,” is the story of a religious fanatic haunted by demonic voices instructing him to murder his wife and children. In subsequent works, a young country bumpkin confronts the depravities of city existence, an impecunious daughter becomes the erotic obsession of an insane egomaniacal rationalist and a sleepwalker awakes to—and participates in—the extremes of frontier savagery.
In his tales of Gothic horror, Edgar Allan Poe gave the world a fine collection of neurotics, paranoids and psychopaths. But none are quite as deranged as the narrator of “The Cask of Amontillado.” His name is Montresor, and his story opens with a threat: “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.” What a wealth of pathology is revealed in these words; it becomes immediately clear that the “thousand injuries” Montresor mentions are less harmful to him than the “insult” he claims to have suffered.
It promises vampires, dark passions and bumps in the night – and there’s even a special programme aimed at children.
The BFI has unveiled its plans for Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film, its most extensive project yet.
Richard Matheson, who has died aged 87, was an American writer whose many short stories, novels, screenplays and television scripts were among the most significant and original works of horror and fantasy of the last century.
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The message inside “the world’s most mysterious medieval manuscript” has eluded cryptographers, mathematicians and linguists for over a century.
And for many, the so-called Voynich book is assumed to be a hoax.
But a new study, published in the journal Plos One, suggests the manuscript may, after all, hold a genuine message.
In “Stoker’s Manuscript,” debut novelist Royce Prouty tells a vampire story featuring a rare book dealer who’s asked to authenticate the original draft of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” published in 1897. The deal he’s offered seems too good to be true, which of course it is.
Rhys Ifans has been cast as Sherlock Holmes’ older brother in drama series Elementary.