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In this classic and highly influential horror story, a young girl is initiated into black magic and the occult by her nanny–resulting in terrible supernatural consequences. A major influence on authors and artists such as H.P. Lovecraft and Guillermo del Toro, The White People is a vital text for all admirers of the paranormal.
An adventurous Englishman who has lost his way at night in a deserted cemetery in Germany wins the protection of the most famous vampire in the world. A part of the original manuscript of Dracula, this story was edited out of the final book and was published two years after the death of Bram Stoker.
In this devastating account of the Russian Civil War, the inmate of a mental asylum recounts the loss of his brother and subsequent breakdown in gruesome detail. A Gothic war narrative that only an author as unusual as Bulgakov could create.
In this Danish horror tale, a group of students and their professor are alarmed at the discovery that all of the arms from the medical school skeletons have disappeared. At first, they are merely surprised; but when a member of the group decides to replace the missing bones with those from a nearby graveyard, things quickly take on a darker tone.
Often presented in a heroic and/or fearsome light, Napoleon is here reduced to childish fears of ghosts in this early story from one of Britain’s finest writers. As the emperor gets ready for bed, he begins to see strange shapes and to hear ominous voices. Part ghost story, part historical farce, this work is full of the astounding promise of a young genius on her way towards writing truly revolutionary literature.
In this comic spin on the classic ghost story, a wealthy and offbeat writer enjoys spending his time reading his own dreadful novels to his relatives, friends, and essentially anyone who will listen to him. Upon his death, his descendants learn that his entire fortune will not be coming to them and will instead be used for the publication of his own work. Their decision to dispute this results in the haunting of a lifetime.
A naive peasant enters an employment agency in Edo period Japan to seek training as a wizard. Upon hearing of such a foolish person, an unscrupulous physician’s wife hires him, claiming that she will show him the secrets of sorcery after twenty years of unpaid labor. What will happen once this time has gone by and her dishonesty is revealed?
In this simple tale of the English countryside, we learn about a chair-mender named Margaret who has spent her life roaming from house to house offering her services and observing the lives of others – while never truly having a life or home of her own. But this will all change when she knocks on the door at the great manor of Thresholds Farm.
The is taken from the second book of the first part Goethe’s Autobiography “Dichtung und Wahrheit” – a young woman is visited by the god Mercury and given the task of distributing three enchanted apples to the men she deems most handsome. But this simple task proves to be more difficult than expected as she encounters a dazzling array of supernatural obstacles.
In this early and underrated Edith Wharton story, a woman who has just passed away encounters her perfect companion in the afterlife. Cultured and refined, he has all of the qualities she dreamed of in a man while alive. Incidentally, he is not her husband–which leads her to question the nature of love and commitment.