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[8/10] the wind-up bird chronicle by haruki murakami

"Here’s what I think, Mr. Wind-Up Bird. Everybody’s born with some different thing at the core of their existence. And that thing, whatever it is, becomes like a heat source that runs each person from the inside. I have one too, of course. Like everybody else. But sometimes it gets out of hand. It swells or shrinks inside me, and it shakes me up. What I’d really like to do is find a way to communicate that feeling to another person. But I can’t seem to do it. They just don’t get it."
22nd of Apr / 26 notes
the wind up bird chronicle   haruki murakami   

Henry James, The Turn of the Screw, 1898

'I was there to protect and defend the little creatures in the world the most bereaved and the most loveable. […] We were cut off, really, together; we were united in our danger. They had nothing but me, and I  well, I had them.’

21st of Apr / 364 notes
henry james   the turn of the screw   


[7/10] the bloody chamber & other stories (part ii of ii) by angela carter

"Every wolf in the world now howled a prothalamion outside the window as she freely gave the kiss she owed him. What big teeth you have! She saw how his jaw began to slaver and the room was full of the clamor of the forest’s Liebestod, but the wise child never flinched, even when he answered: All the better to eat you with.
The girl burst out laughing; she knew she was nobody’s meat.”
20th of Apr / 496 notes
the bloody chamber & other stories   wolf alice   the company of wolves   the snow child   angela carter   


"Carmilla"by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu:

A young woman living at her father’s castle is the narrator of this novella. When a mysterious and beautiful stranger is stranded at the castle in odd circumstances and becomes a guest, the heroine quickly forms a close bond with her —but she subsequently discovers that her “friend” has a dark and lethal secret.

Download free in your preferred format from Project Gutenberg.

19th of Apr / 337 notes
carmilla   joseph sheridan le fanu   


literature meme // four tropes short stories (4/4): the fall of the house of usher by edgar allen poe

I learned that the glimpse I had obtained of her person would thus probably be the last I should obtain—that the lady, at least while living, would be seen by me no more.

18th of Apr / 66 notes
literature meme   short stories   the fall of the house of usher   edgar allen poe   


Edward Gorey (1925 - 2005)

17th of Apr / 64 notes
short stories   genre: horror   genre: gothic   


This is a masterpost of Gothic literature, a genre popular in the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe (and to a lesser extent in America), which combined horror, fantasy, and Romanticism. The list is organised by genre and date. All texts are public-domain and are available online via the links provided. Happy reading, and feel free to ask if there’s anything you’d like me to add.

Novels and Novellas:

Short Stories:


16th of Apr / 3,171 notes
genre: gothic   gothic literature   ebooks   


And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted - nevermore!

Gustave Dore  -  Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

15th of Apr / 309 notes
edgar allan poe   the raven   illustrations   



Southern Gothic is a subgenre of Gothic fiction unique to American literature that takes place exclusively in the American South (intro post here). Common themes in Southern Gothic literature include:

  • deeply flawed, disturbing or eccentric characters who may or may not dabble in hoodoo
  • decayed or derelict settings
  • grotesque situations

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14th of Apr / 2,185 notes
genre: southern gothic   gothic   


Piece for McSweeney’s San Francisco Panorama, January 2010.

13th of Apr / 199 notes
the lord of the flies   william golding   the scarlet letter   nathaniel hawthorne   to kill a mockingbird   harper lee   the catcher in the rye   j.d. salinger   animal farm   george orwell   the good earth   pearl s. buck