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artsydudejude · 15 hours ago
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Could we see jekyll and hyde's eyes in color?
i'll do ya one better!
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klassicculture · 2 days ago
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hopefully popular opinion: lucy westenra did nothing wrong and does not deserve the way a lot of adaptations portray her
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nebylitsa · a day ago
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currently losing my mind over the 1994 jane eyre radio play w/ ciarán hinds as mr rochester & sophie thompson as jane. dont talk to me dont even look at me this is the only thing on my mind right now
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isablooo · a day ago
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“I have been in love with no one, and never shall,“ she whispered, “unless it should be with you.” How beautiful she looked in the moonlight!
Carmilla, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, 1872
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earlymoderngothic · 4 hours ago
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20 Haunting Books
It’s spooky season so I’m recommending 20 books that may, or may not, terrify you.
I have linked to free editions where possible and links with an asterisk are affiliate links for UK Bookshop.org. You obviously don’t need to use those links.
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The Monk by Matthew Lewis (1796)
A gothic horror novel that revels in the darkest of taboos
It can still horrify readers over 200 years after it was first published
Project Gutenberg / Oxford World's Classics*
The Italian by Ann Radcliffe (1797)
A response to The Monk
Dark, sombre, and sinister
Public Library UK / Oxford World's Classics*
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)
Gothic horror with a scientific twist
A story about scientific experimentation, humanity, and monstrosity
Read the 1818 edition!
Project Gutenberg / Oxford World's Classics*
The Vampyre by John Polidori (1819)
A thinly veiled reference to Lord Byron and his tendency to drain the life out of the people that were enamoured with him
Short but creepy
Project Gutenberg / Oxford World's Classics*
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1847)
Heathcliff, it's me, Cathy I’ve come home, I'm so cold Let me in-a-your window...
A book about awful people doing awful things to each other
Set in the bleak Yorkshire moors (oh, Yorkshire, my beloved)
Project Gutenberg / Penguin English Library*
The Lifted Veil by George Eliot (1859)
Eliot tapped into the emerging tradition of Victorian horror
Very different to her other works
Project Gutenberg / Oxford World's Classics*
The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell (1861)
A spooky Gothic tale
This would also be perfect as a traditional Christmas Eve read
Public Library UK / Penguin Classics*
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)
What could be scarier than the potential evil that lurks in yourself?
A mixture of genres
Project Gutenberg / Penguin Classics*
Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)
The most famous vampire book ever written (maybe?)
I always want to make chicken paprikash after reading this book
Project Gutenberg / Penguin Classics*
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (1898)
This book never loses its edge
Psychological horror
Project Gutenberg / Oxford World's Classics*
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James (1901)
I really like M. R. James' short ghost story collections
A twist on classic Gothic tropes
Project Gutenberg / Oxford World's Classics*
The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson (1949)
Suburban horror
Some of these stories still haunt me
Penguin Modern Classics*
I am Legend by Richard Matheson (1954)
Post-apocalyptic horror
A very tense story with a great ending
Orion Publishing Co.*
'Salem's Lot by Stephen King (1975)
Terrifying
Hodder Paperbacks*
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter (1979)
Uses traditional stories - fairytales and folklore - and transforms the horror that was always in them into something more potent for a modern audience
Focuses heavily on gender issues
Vintage Publishing*
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (1984)
One of the best contemporary Gothic novels I've ever read
A Victorian-style ghost story
Vintage Publishing*
The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa (1994)
A little different to the other books on this list
Haunting and sad
Vintage Publishing*
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell (2018)
Historical fiction
An unsettling book
Bloomsbury*
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton (2020)
A book that is full of suspense and terror and confusion
Bloomsbury*
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (2020)
A wonderful, strange mixture of Gothic horror and Gothic terror
Compelling characters and an intriguing mystery
Quercus Publishing*
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iindigopng · a day ago
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“Seems that the Litte Miss didn’t want to kick this one out. You see, she refused to receive treatment from anyone her father called. Poor Sir, he was desperate, thinking he would lose his daughter to the disease.” (2/3)
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rayghosts · 5 months ago
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inclusivity win! the artist who painted that cursed portrait of you which shows all the innermost corruption of your soul in gradual decay is gay!
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borispavlikovskij · 2 months ago
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the (almost) complete Bungou Stray Dogs reading list
as a dostoyevsky fan i first discovered bsd by being very confused whenever i saw pretty anime boys in the crime and punishment tag, so now i’m using bsd to discover more classic literature, and you can too!
this is my personal list straight from my phone notes app, of the most significant works mentioned in the series. italized titles are those that i really couldn’t find an english translation of but they’re there for completeness (if you’ve found one please comment!)
i’ve also got links to the french text of all works that are originally in french, because i read french and as said this list is just adapted from my personal notes hahaha
special shoutout goes to @bsd-bibliophile and their website from where i got many of the links, especially the works of the japanese authors, as well as the bsd recommended reading list ❤️
links are pdfs unless otherwise specified
the armed detective agency:
no longer human by dazai osamu
the moon over the mountain by nakajima atsushi (beast beneath the moonlight)
an encouragement of learning by fukuzawa yukichi (all men are equal)
o brother, you must not die by yosano akiko (thou shalt not die)
kunikida doppo’s works
the makioka sisters by tanizaki junichirou (light snow) [epub]
naomi by tanizaki junichirou
be not defeated by the rain by miyazawa kenji [online]
demon pond by izumi kyouka (demon snow)
edogawa ranpo’s works
i am a cat by natsume souseki
futon by tayama katai
the port mafia:
rashoumon by akutagawa ryuunosuke (link includes o-gin that akutagawa gin is based on)
this soiled sorrow by nakahara chuuya (upon the tainted sorrow) [online]
golden demon by ozaki kouyou
falling camellia by hirotsu ryuurou
the dancing girl by mori ougai (elise)
vita sexualis by mori ougai [epub]
higuchi ichiyou’s works (no ability specified yet, but see for example encounters on a dark night)
midwinter memento by tachihara michizou
lemon by kajii motojirou
dogra magra by yumeno kyuusaku [website, incomplete translation] (it appears there’s a full french translation for like $1k if yall are interested lmao)
madness of george III by alan bennett (madness of the jewel king) pretty sure this one’s still copyrighted, hence why they couldn’t use alan bennett’s name for ace, and why i can’t find any pdf copies
the guild:
the great gatsby by f. scott fitzgerald (the great fitzgerald)
little women by louisa m. alcott
the grapes of wrath by john steinbeck [online/pdf/epub]
the scarlet letter by nathaniel hawthorne
gone with the wind by margaret mitchell [online/pdf/epub]
anne of green gables by l. m. montgomery (anne of the abyssal red)
moby dick by herman melville
the adventures of tom sawyer by mark twain (huck finn and tom sawyer)
the adventures of huckleberry finn by mark twain (huck finn and tom sawyer)
the black cat by edgar allan poe (the black cat in the rue morgue) [online]
the murders in the rue morgue by edgar allan poe (the black cat in the rue morgue) [online]
the call of cthulhu by h. p. lovecraft (the great old ones) [online]
the rats in the house of the dead:
the house of the dead by fyodor dostoevsky [online/epub]
crime and punishment by fyodor dostoevsky
a feast in time of plague by alexander pushkin [online/pdf/epub]
the precipice by ivan goncharov (this is an abridged translation please buy the new 2020 unabridged translation titled malinovka heights please it’s one of my all-time favourite books please thank you for your attention)
the perfect crime by oguri mushitarou
the decay of angels:
the decay of the angel by mishima yukio [online]
the overcoat by nikolai gogol
dracula by bram stoker [online/pdf/epub] (bram’s ability isn’t named yet but come on who are we kidding)
sigma has been speculated to be a reference to russian writer and journalist sergey nikolayevich syromyatnikov, or possibly sigmund freud
the hunting dogs:
mirror lion by fukuchi ouchi (online summary)
gasp of the soul by ookura teruko (see bewitching shadow which is the only work of anyone from the hunting dogs with full english translation!)
priceless tears by jouno saigiku
plum blossoms in snow by suehiro tetchou (wikipedia)
special division for unusual powers:
discourse on decadence by sakaguchi ango
hail in the begging bowl [online/pdf] (an essay by james abrams on the life and poetry of taneda santoka, from which the ability name is derived)
order of the clock tower:
and then there were none by agatha christie
dark era:
strait is the gate by andré gide (french original, online)
flawless by oda sakunosuke (see his other works from the stories of osaka life collection that has been translated into english, which can be found on the @bsd-bibliophile website)
55 minutes:
the time machine by h. g. wells
the mysterious island by jules verne (french original, online/epub)
matasaburou of the wind by miyazawa kenji [online] (atsushi’s alias)
johann wolfgang von goethe (mentioned)
william shakespeare (mentioned)
victor hugo (mentioned) les misérables french original 
fifteen + storm bringer:
illuminations by arthur rimbaud [online] (french original, online/epub)
paul verlaine’s poetry [online/epub] (french original, online/epub)
frankenstein by mary shelley (adam frankenstein)
gaiden:
another by ayatsuji yukito (volume 1, volume 2, volume 3)
the summer in the ubume by kyougoku natsuhiko (an inherent drop)
yesterday’s shadow tag by tsujimura mizuki
dead apple:
shibusawa tatsuhiko’s works (referred to collectively as draconia, see fish scales which has been translated into english)
chapter titles and other references:
franz kafka’s works (our man asagiri) metamorphosis [online/epub] the trial [online/epub]
the setting sun by osamu dazai (have you seen all those dazai sunset scenes in the anime)
the black lizard by hirotsu ryuurou
the case of murder on D hill by edogawa ranpo (murder on D street, ch 6)
poems of days past by nakahara chuuya (back in the day, ch 11) see poem collection
light, wind and dreams by nakajima atsushi (even if my head be mistaken, ch 29)
if you’re gonna read the above you should probably be acquainted with robert louis stevenson’s works, like the strange case of dr jekyll and mr hyde [online/epub]
tower of silence by mori ougai (the silent tower and the raven’s feast, ch 30)
husband and wife by nakajima atsushi (cherrirs, ch 43)
dreaming of butterflies by hagiwara sakutarou (ch 65-66)
the sheep song by nakahara chuuya (the chant to activate chuuya’s corruption)
les sœurs de charité by arthur rimbaud (the chant to activate verlaine’s corruption) french original
this is all the main works i could find, but naturally bsd is chock-full of literature references so please feel free to add to this list if you have anything! again i have to direct you to bsd-bibliophile’s online library for more complete resources and relevant authors that are not directly mentioned in bsd + a bunch of other useful content, i swear that page is one of my most-visited websites hahaha
other great resources for free books that have entered the public domain, where i got most of the links to the western book on this list:
project gutenberg
free editorial
planet ebook
planet publish
happy reading!
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the most sexy aesthetics are “feral mad scientist in a lab coat spattered with various unknown chemicals,” “gay english professor in a tweed coat who hasn’t slept in two weeks,” and “victorian noble dressed in all black who never leaves their mysterious manor and is also possibly a vampire”
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corvidayyy · 9 months ago
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I’m going to go APESHIT the next time I hear someone say that Jekyll and Hyde represent good and evil. Apeshit, I tell you.
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adriartic · a month ago
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I don’t think there have been such lilacs since the year I met you.
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hermes-left-nut · 4 months ago
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there are only three genders: frankenstein, jekyll and hyde, dracula
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