Reader Story Suggestions

Leading up to MRU21: Monsters we wanted to share a few more creepy stories suggested by the two Isabelles:

The Willows (1907) by Algernon Blackwood (UK) – from Isabelle H.

A really great story! First line: “After leaving Vienna, and long before you come to Budapest, the Danube enters a region of singular loneliness and desolation, where its waters spread away on all sides regardless of a main channel, and the country becomes a swamp for miles upon miles, covered by a vast sea of low willow-bushes.”

The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft (US) – from Isabelle H.

First line: “The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.”

“Cosmicism” was Lovecraft’s philosophy that life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is hostile to the interests of humankind.

The Sphinx (1850) by Edgar Allan Poe (US) – from Isabelle B.

The first line: “During the dread reign of the Cholera in New York, I had accepted the invitation of a relative to spend a fortnight with him in the retirement of his cottage ornee on the banks of the Hudson.”

As well, check out the special “The Gothic Imagination” on BBC Radio 4.


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