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Elements of Horror in Antiquity

  • Greek Mythology

  • Medusa

  • Cyclops

  • The Minotaur

  • Harpies

  • Cereberus

  • Chimera

  • Hydra


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More Horror in Antiquity

  • Norse Mythology

  • Jötnar

  • Trolls, Giants, Demons

  • Elves, Dwarfs, Fenrir

  • Jörmungandr, Kraken, Walking Trees

  • Loki


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Horror in the Middle Ages

  • Folklore

  • Werewolves

  • Witches

  • Vampires

  • Goblins

  • The Banshee

  • Red Caps

  • The Grimm Brothers


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Horror in the Renaissance and Reformation

  • The Roman Catholic Church

  • Dante’ The Inferno

  • The Spanish Inquisition

  • Witch Trials

  • The Malleus Maleficarum

  • Faust


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The Enlightenment and the Birth of Classic Horror

  • Gothic Novels

  • Horace Walpole: The Castle of Otranto (1764)

  • Ann Radcliffe: The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794)


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Horror in the Romantic Period

  • Phantasmagoriana

  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge: “Christabel” “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

  • Jonathan Keats: “La Belle Dame sans Merci”

  • John Polidori: “The Vampyre”

  • Mary Shelly: Frankenstein


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Horror in the United States

  • Washington Irving: “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

  • Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque

  • H.P. Lovecraft: Weird Tales


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Victorian Gothic Horror

  • M.R. James: Ghost Stories of Antiquary

  • Algernon Blackwood: “The Willows”

  • Oliver Onion: “The Beckoning Fair One”

  • Henry James: The Turn of the Screw

  • Robert Louis Stevenson: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

  • Bram Stoker: Dracula


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More Victorian Horror

  • H.G. Wells: The Invisible Man, War of the Worlds, The Island of Dr. Moreau.

  • Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • Alan Moore: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen*