Amy H. Sturgis (eldritchhobbit) wrote,
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Happy Halloween, Day 25

Links of the Day: All three links are related to the literature of the day.

1. My Hideous Progeny: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (This site explores Mary Shelley, her works, and her world.)

2. The Last Man by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: A Hypertext Edition (This is an excellent online edition of Mary Shelley's post-apocalyptic masterpiece — and one of my very favorite books.)

3. Don't miss this wonderful site!





Literature of the Day: This is a haunting little short story that's very much worth reading, especially near Halloween!

"Transformation" (1831)
By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Excerpt:
I have heard it said, that, when any strange, supernatural, and necromantic adventure has occurred to a human being, that being, however desirous he may be to conceal the same, feels at certain periods torn up as it were by an intellectual earthquake, and is forced to bare the inner depths of his spirit to another. I am a witness of the truth of this. I have dearly sworn to myself never to reveal to human ears the horrors to which I once, in excess of fiendly pride, delivered myself over. The holy man who heard my confession, and reconciled me to the church, is dead. None knows that once —

Why should it not be thus? Why tell a tale of impious tempting of Providence, and soul-subduing humiliation? Why? answer me, ye who are wise in the secrets of human nature! I only know that so it is; and in spite of strong resolve — of a pride that too much masters me—of shame, and even of fear, so to render myself odious to my species — I must speak.

Read the complete story here.
Tags: frankenstein, halloween, mary shelley, post-apocalyptic
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