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William Wilson by Edgar Allan Poe

“William Wilson” is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1839, with a setting inspired by Poe’s formative years on the outskirts of London. The tale follows the theme of the doppelgänger and is written in a style based on rationality. It also appeared in the 1840 collection Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, and has been adapted several times.

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Morella by Edgar Allan Poe

“Morella” is a short story in the Gothic horror genre by 19th-century American author Edgar Allan Poe. An unnamed narrator marries Morella, a woman with great scholarly knowledge who delves into studies of the German philosophers Fichte and Schelling, dealing with the question of identity. Morella spends her time in bed reading and teaching her husband. Realizing her physical deterioration, her husband, the narrator, becomes frightened and wishes for his wife’s death and eternal peace. Eventually, Morella dies in childbirth proclaiming: “I am dying. But within me is a pledge of that affection… which thou didst feel for me, Morella. And when my spirit departs shall the child live.”

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Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe

“Ligeia” is an early short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1838. The story follows an unnamed narrator and his wife Ligeia, a beautiful and intelligent raven-haired woman. She falls ill, composes “The Conqueror Worm”, and quotes lines attributed to Joseph Glanvill (which suggest that life is sustainable only through willpower) shortly before dying. After her death, the narrator marries the Lady Rowena. Rowena becomes ill and she dies as well. The distraught narrator stays with her body overnight and watches as Rowena slowly comes back from the dead – though she has transformed into Ligeia.

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The Assignation by Edgar Allan Poe

The Assignation is a short story with Gothic touches and a tragic ending.

The story was published as The Visionary in January 1834 in Louis A. Godey’s monthly magazine, Lady’s Book. After Poe revised the story, it was published as The Assignation in the Broadway Journal in June 1845.

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The Premature Burial by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Premature Burial” is a horror short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, published in 1844 in The Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper. Its main character expresses concern about being buried alive. This fear was common in this period and Poe was taking advantage of the public interest.

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The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Cask of Amontillado” (sometimes spelled “The Casque of Amontillado” [a.mon.ti.ˈʝa.ðo]) is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in the November 1846 issue of Godey’s Lady’s Book. The story, set in an unnamed Italian city at carnival time in an unspecified year, is about a man taking fatal revenge on a friend who, he believes, has insulted him. Like several of Poe’s stories, and in keeping with the 19th-century fascination with the subject, the narrative revolves around a person being buried alive – in this case, by immurement.

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The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Fall of the House of Usher” is a short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1839 in Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine, then included in the collection Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque in 1840. The short story, a work of Gothic fiction, includes themes of madness, family, isolation, and metaphysical identities.

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Eleonora by Edgar Allan Poe

“Eleonora” is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1842 in Philadelphia in the literary annual The Gift. It is often regarded as somewhat autobiographical and has a relatively “happy” ending. The story follows an unnamed narrator who lives with his cousin and aunt in “The Valley of the Many-Colored Grass”, an idyllic paradise full of fragrant flowers, fantastic trees, and a “River of Silence”. It remains untrodden by the footsteps of strangers and so they live isolated but happy.

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Berenice by Edgar Allan Poe

“Berenice” is a short horror story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in the Southern Literary Messenger in 1835. The story follows a man named Egaeus who is preparing to marry his cousin Berenice. He has a tendency to fall into periods of intense focus during which he seems to separate himself from the outside world.

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How the TV-series Penny Dreadful is Influenced by Old Literature

Penny Dreadful is an old term used during the nineteenth century to refer to cheap popular serial literature. Sort of like pulp fiction. It was also called penny blood, penny awful, or penny horrible. It means a story published in weekly parts, with the cost of one (old) penny. The main plot of these stories were typically sensational, focusing on the adventures of detectives, criminals, or supernatural entities.
This is exactly what Penny Dreadful was, and what it payed homage to. So we found some old stuff the series borrowed or was inspired by. And there is A LOT.

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5 Songs About Ghosts

There are countless, countless, COUNTLESS ballads, songs, poems and plays about ghosts and hauntings throughout histories. But to find stories about songs about specific ghosts and hauntings is a bit more tricky. These are the selection we could find, but if you know about more, give notice as we are collecting!