The Salem Athenaeum in Salem Massachusetts has a ghost story of it’s own. The tales of M.R. James (1 August 1862 -12 June 1936) are rightfully considered classics of the genre. In the Tractate Middoth, we have a mysterious visitor in the library, setting off a chain of events which turns a curious librarian into […]
Classic Gothic Ghost Stories
It could be argued that our fascination with horror and the occult is based primarily on our culture. It this is true, the gothic horror story of literature is the birthplace of this fascination. Herein you’ll find some of the classics of the genre, curated especially to give the reader an introduction to this fascinating field of literature.
Sullivan’s Island, Charleston, South Carolina. “I asked myself- “Of all melancholy topics what, according to the universal understanding of mankind, is the most melancholy?” Death, was the obvious reply. “And when,” I said, “is this most melancholy of topics most poetical?” From what I have already explained at some length the answer here also is […]
Ghosts of children are among the most terrifying of the horror genre. Mary Wilkins was born on Halloween in 1852, and her writings realistically depicted life in New England in the 19th Century. Enjoy this piece from the Gothic Curiosity Cabinet.
A creepy tale from the pen of Mary Elizabeth Braddon, one of the most popular writers of sensational fiction of Victorian England, from the Gothic Curiosity Cabinet.
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch was a British writer of the 19th and 20th centuries, who published under the curious pen-name of Q. An academic as well as a writer, he is best known for the anthology the Book of English Verse. His short story, The Roll Call of the Reef is another treasure from the Gothic Cabinet of Curiosities and Mysteries.
The Judge’s House by Bram Stoker is a chilling tale of a malicious spirit which carries on after death, as it did in life. A truly great, gothic ghost story, from the Cabinet of Gothic Curiosities