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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 / 56 notes
literature meme   short stories   the fall of the house of usher   edgar allen poe   


Edward Gorey (1925 - 2005)

17th of Apr / 62 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 / 3,152 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 / 301 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 / 2,173 notes
genre: southern gothic   gothic   


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

13th of Apr / 198 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   


DEATH ON THE NILE by Agatha Christie.

12th of Apr / 101 notes
death on the nile   agatha christie   comic   


Some illustrations from Fanny Burney’s Evelina, by Hugh Thomson

11th of Apr / 20 notes
evelina   frances burney   fanny burney   illustration   

"Heaven did not seem to be my home; and I broke my heart with weeping to come back to earth; and the angels were so angry that they flung me out into the middle of the heath on the top of Wuthering Heights

10th of Apr / 562 notes
wuthering heights   emily bronte   

currently reading The Orphan of the Rhine by Eleanor Sleath. It contains so much similarities to The Mysteries of Udolpho with addition of endless subplot. 100 pages in and I’m already exhausted with all the sidetrack. Still fun, fun, fun!

9th of Apr / 1 note
the orphan of the rhine   eleanor sleath   i'm reading