Unpublished letters by author Mary Shelley were found by professor of English Literature at Anglia Ruskin University Nora Crook. While researching an obscure 19th-century novelist, she saw a “listing for 13 documents at Essex Record Office, catalogued under the tantalising words: “Letter from Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley” – and knew they had never been published before. The letters dated between 1831 to 1849 were written to stockbroker Horace Smith (friend of Mary’s husband poet Percy Bysshe Shelley) and his daughter Eliza and discuss Mary’s declining health and her pride in her son – but surprisingly don’t mention Frankenstein at all. Some of the letters are still stamped with the author’s own scarlet wax seal. Read more of this fascinating discovery here. And check the EPL catalog for works by Mary Shelley.
Okay, okay, we get the picture. Vampires and zombies… they’re pretty scary. What with their blood sucking and flesh feasting, glamoring and lurching, death defying and multiplying it’s really no wonder they’ve cornered the market in creepy. But if variety is truly the spice of the afterlife, at this point you’re likely dying for something new on your Halloween reading list. So to help you diversify your diet of literary horror, we’re featuring all those terrifying ghosts and ghouls left lurking in the shadows while the vampires and zombies hog the limelight. We’ve got witches, and we’ve got ghosts. We’ve got killer clowns, shape-shifting crows, and even… could it be… Satan! So lock your doors, turn on the lights, and try to be brave. These bloodcurdling books are chomping for a chance to scare you sideways: Continue reading “The More the Scarier”→