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Gothic Literature & Film Recommendations

One of the things I found delightful in the thread for the Bohemian Gothic 1st Edition was the discussion of gothic literature. Wordsworth is a UK publisher mining the "out of copyright 19th century" and has turned out several very affordable editions of Gothic literature ($7 or less), including Varney the Vampire, which I can say with pride I managed to read! (The middle portion gets very...deathly dull. Stick with it, it picks up steam) The King of Cups is right out of Varney; the makeup for the film Nosferatu clearly is meant to portray Varney, not Dracula, right to the ratlike fangs and skeletal fingers. I think Bram Stoker owes more to Varney than is generally recognized today.

Amazon doesn't carry the Varney, but it's at Half Price Books all over the US and maybe other stores too.

I recommend from Amazon:

An Anthology of Gothic stories:

The Haunted Hotel & Other Stories by Wilkie Collins

Collected Ghost Stories by MR James

House by the Churchyard by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

I just finished Wilkie Collins "Woman in White". While it is not supernatural, it is Gothic -- sort of the Gothic becoming the Romance Novel becoming the Detective Story. Ripping good yarn, I read it in one day, couldn't put it down. The influence on Bram Stoker in writing Dracula is well-recognized.

Under $13 is the Wordsworth Book of Horror Stories, which contains not one, but two Arthur Conan Doyle stories with Mummies! who knew! And two AC Doyle stories that had a lot of influence on HP Lovecraft. This anthology has many of the stories in the above collections by James, Le Fanu, and Collins, so it's the most Gothic bang for the buck. And it's going for $4 at Half Price Books in the US.

If it weren't for the Bohemian Gothic, I would've missed out on a lot of Gothic Goodness.
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