Horrors: Great Stories of Fear and Their Creators

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That notorious evening at Villa Diodati when Lord Byron challenged his contemporaries to write a ghost story, his summons brought forth a mad doctor intent on reanimation and a vampire drunk with bloodlust. The night modern horror was born was notoriously dark and stormy, as were the lives of those who wrote the most fearsome—yet beloved—tales in literature, for those so gifted were also cursed. Horrors, a graphic novel, reveals in gruesome detail how Mary Wollstonecraft, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe and other ...

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Overview

That notorious evening at Villa Diodati when Lord Byron challenged his contemporaries to write a ghost story, his summons brought forth a mad doctor intent on reanimation and a vampire drunk with bloodlust. The night modern horror was born was notoriously dark and stormy, as were the lives of those who wrote the most fearsome—yet beloved—tales in literature, for those so gifted were also cursed. Horrors, a graphic novel, reveals in gruesome detail how Mary Wollstonecraft, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe and other masters of the genre were haunted by their monstrous creations.

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Gr 7 Up—This unusual book blends fiction and nonfiction and is illustrated with detailed and terrifying pen-and-ink drawings. It begins with the story of how Lord Byron challenged his friends Percy Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft (Shelley's future wife), Claire Claremont, and John Polidori to write ghost stories. Several of their creations, including Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Polidori's The Vampyre, became famous. Wood summarizes these tales and discusses how each person who created a story that night seemed have a cursed existence afterward. He then tells the story of "Beowulf," which seems out of place because an examination of the story's creator is impossible. Wood makes no mention of the fact that the author is unknown, that it is an epic poem, or that it is centuries old. He then goes on to discuss the works of writers such as Edgar Allan Poe and Bram Stoker. He also mentions Matthew Lewis's The Monk, but it is unclear what this story is about because there is a bewildering illustration but no plot summary. Wood concludes by introducing the narrator as the "Greatest Storyteller of Horror," who claims to have inspired authors throughout history.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786445639
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/10/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rocky Wood is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of many books about Stephen King. He is president of the Horror Writers Association and lives in Victoria, Australia. Glenn Chadbourne is a freelance artist who specializes in the horror/dark fantasy genre. His trademark pen and ink illustrations have enhanced the work of some of today's hottest authors, including Stephen King's The Secretary Of Dreams. He lives in Newcastle, Maine with his wife Sheila and their pug dog Rocket.

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