I had to sneak another edition of Gothic Literature at Large in this season because, well, it’s timely! I can’t believe it’s already October. This has been such a fast year. I wouldn’t mind so much except I am loathe to deal with the looming winter ahead. But, the leaves are already changing and we’re headed to the pumpkin patch this weekend, so there’s little I can do about it. At least I get to eat pumpkin-y things all month long!
Here’s what’s happening the world of the Gothic in this installment of Gothic Literature at Large! As always, if you have/see an event/article/show/movie that would fit with this blog, please let me know and I’ll add it to the list for my next installment!
NOTE: the feature image comes from surprisinglycompetentmedia.com.
This isn’t a case of reincarnation…at least I don’t think it is. But apparently there is a young man and football player at West Point. And he caught a touchdown last month. Being in a relationship with a man who shares a name with a famous person (albeit the name twin of my boyfriend is actually still alive and kicking), has got to be a tough gig..especially if you attend the same university as said individual who was kicked out. Anyway, this tickled my fancy 🙂
I don’t think you can get much more Gothic than reminiscing about the strange ways authors have died. People in this list include Percy Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Sherwood Anderson and more.
I think I found a new book to add to my “To Read” list. Supposedly, The Fall is inspired by ‘The Fall of the House of Usher.” I don’t think there’s much more to say about it. But if you want to read the review of this book, click the link in the title.
If you’re looking for a more modern read to get you into the spirit of the season and you love Stephen King, this is the list for you! Stephen King is a hugely prolific writer and while I love Gothic, his stuff is typically too freaky for me! 🙂
If you happen to hale from Providence, RI, then you could have seen this cool event yesterday. Poe is absolutely everywhere!
Ok this is just a teeny article about a field trip taken by some high school students. BUT they went to Strawberry Hill House, the home of Horace Walpole and the man who wrote the first Gothic novel in English. He actually designed this house to be a Gothic mansion. I love that a school took their students to this place. I wish I could have gone on the field trip too!
Beginning Oct 9, you can entertain yourself with an immersive theater experience with Edgar Allan Poe! This event, hosted by the Maryland Historical Society sounds awesome! Wish I was going to be in Baltimore for this one.
Philadelphia is another city that stakes a claim on Mr. Poe. They too are hosting a number of events this month. Click the link above and check them out!
Somehow, we get to see five of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous tales retold in a film. And it’s animated! The trailer is interesting, particularly because the stories appear to be told with different styles of animation or drawing. They also use famous voices, even including people who have passed away like Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee! I don’t know if this is showing in theaters in Kansas City, but if so, I hope to be there to see it!
Ok these aren’t all Gothic. But one absolutely is. Even though the others don’t necessarily fit the bill, everyone knows that films released in October or shown on TV typically up the ante on the fear factor.