A fascinating exploration of one of the most significant moments in gothic history – the night when Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and their cohorts gathered together in Lake Geneva to tell ghost stories.
One of literary history’s legendary events really did happen on a dark and stormy night. While the “rain descended in sheets” on Lac Léman (now known as Lake Geneva, Switzerland), western culture’s most famous monster was conceived and the modern vampire first imagined. Andrew McConnell Stott’s “The Poet and the Vampyre” explores the sexual politics (and sexual relations) among the three men — Percy Shelley, Lord Byron and John Polidori — and the two women — Mary Godwin (soon to be Mary Shelley) and her stepsister, Claire Clairmont — who sat at a blazing fire telling ghost stories that night in 1816.
Words have complicated lives, with enough births, deaths, and transformations to make even the most complicated zombie story seem tame by comparison. Here’s the story of how the classic terrifying tale of a dead creature brought to life also helped to give a word its own new lease on life.
Frankenstein, MD is perhaps the most torn I have ever been over a review. On one hand, it features corny sitcom writing, over-the-top acting and the same physical comedy often seen in children’s programs. On the other, it’s a show deeply rooted in the famous Mary Shelley novel with details and modernized nuances that the literature nerd in me has way too much fun noticing. Hmm, to hate or not to hate? That is the question.
Penny Dreadful’s Frankenstein Monster found a home at the Grand Guignol, first home to all monsters.
The universe is full of mysteries that challenge our current knowledge.
In “Beyond Science” Epoch Times collects stories about these strange phenomena to stimulate the imagination and open up previously undreamed of possibilities. Are they true? You decide.
Inspiration, dreams, and fancy all seem to come from the same ethereal realm accessed by part of us that isn’t quite of this practical and mundane world.
These authors, however, weren’t merely inspired in the usual sense—their dream visions were unusually clear, and at least one them felt his famous work was partly written by someone else.