Scary Stories

Horror stories have been a very popular genre of literature throughout history. I was able to select two books from Project Gutenburg that will fit well into our halloween theme. My first choice is “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, one of his most well known pieces of writing. The story details the thoughts of a man descending into madness after the untimely death of his beloved. Poe paces the poem with the repeat of a raven making noises, which builds on top of the loss of sanity of the main character. Poe creates a scary atmosphere that encapsulates the audience. He utilizes strong imagery and metaphors to create a mysterious tone as well.

The second story I decided to choose is “Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus” by Mary Shelley. This story is one of the most famous horror novels of all time, and is still relevant in pop culture today. It is the story of a man named Dr. Frankenstein, a scientist that is on the brink of bringing a body back to life. However, once he finally completes his experiment, he discovers that he had accidentally created a low intelligence monster.

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