Amy H. Sturgis (eldritchhobbit) wrote,
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Halloween Countdown, Day 13

I'd like to start off my post today with a fan video tribute to Universal's classic horror films, including Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Wolf Man (1941), Phantom of the Opera (1943), and Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). Enjoy JFakeWeston's spooky "Horror Is Universal"!

LINKS OF THE DAY: Today's links all share a common subject.

1. Here's some fascinating recent news from The Guardian: "Stoker's Blood Relative to Bring Dracula Back from the Undead." (Thanks to agentxpndble!)

2. The articles from past issues of The Journal of Dracula Studies are archived here for easy access. No subscription is necessary. Read essays about Dracula in everything from fiction and history to film and comics.

3. The Transylvania Society of Dracula (Canadian Chapter) is a non-profit, historical-cultural organization is open to those in Canada and the USA. The group promotes contacts between scholars and interested readers from Romania and the West.

LITERATURE OF THE DAY: Appropriately enough for this thematic post, today's reading is the eerie science fiction story "The Monster Maker" by W.C. Morrow (1854-1923).

Excerpt from "The Monster Maker" by W.C. Morrow:
"Sit down" commanded the stern voice of the surgeon.

It was the voice of father to child, of master to slave. The fury left the visitor, who, weak and overcome, fell upon a chair.

Meanwhile, a peculiar light had appeared in the old surgeon's face, the dawn of a strange idea; a gloomy ray, strayed from the fires of the bottomless pit; the baleful light that illumines the way of the enthusiast. The old man remained a moment in profound abstraction, gleams of eager intelligence bursting momentarily through the cloud of somber meditation that covered his face. Then broke the broad light of a deep, impenetrable determination. There was something sinister in it, suggesting the sacrifice of something held sacred. After a struggle, mind had vanquished conscience.

Read the complete story.
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