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Crime of Passion and a Curse

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde (1887)

Tuesday’s Ghost Story   March 29, 2022  READING FICTION BLOG 

 

 

Oscar Wilde is most famous for his The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), his comic masterpieces Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). Like much of his work known for its satirical brilliance, and even if you are not drawn to ghost stories, this one will brighten your day.

The Otis family members are spending the summer at the castle in Canterville, previously owned by British aristocrats Lord and Lady Canterville. A good part of the narrative is from the ghost himself Sir Simon de Canterville. And what a guy! Prepare yourself for a parody of Gothic fiction. Lightning storms, strange laughter, blood stains, hidden passages, crows that cry havoc, tea in the library with a secret hatch, and dashes of romance—and, of course, a murder. All this will beg the question: Is love stronger than death?

Very entertaining classic literature at its best. Oscar Wilde’s wit and realism, and his engaging characters are memorable both on the page and on the screen.

Read the short story here at Gutenberg.org

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/14522/14522-h/14522-h.htm

Listen to the audio on You Tube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0iIV9zSuDI

 

Watch the FREE film on You Tube (1:20 minutes). This 1997 movie was directed by Crispin Reece, starring Ian Richardson, Celia Imrie,  Sarah-Jane Potts, and James D’Arcy. There is another version, 1996, with Neve Campbell and Patrick Stewart, but this version I feature here is far better.

 

 

Oscar Wilde was born of professional and literary parents. His father, Sir William Wilde, published books on archaeology and folklore. His mother, who wrote under the name Speranza, was a revolutionary poet and an authority on Celtic myth and folklore.

 

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A Slimy Little Horror

The Business of Madame Jahn   by Vincent O’ Sullivan  (1896)

Tuesday’s Tale of Terror  December 10, 2013

Gustave Herbout is swinging by his neck from his Paris bedroom ceiling.

shady-faces-tmbWas life so bad for Gustave with so much leisure time in the French cafes and with his mademoiselle, a dancer, to charm his evenings, or his strolls along the Boulevard des Capucines? Gustave will inherit a great deal of wealth from his Aunt Jahn as well as her house and her little shop that maintains a sturdy income. Auntie Jahn, a sweet, petty and annoying old woman!

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This story is a slimy little horror that takes place in glittering Paris.  Stay with Gustave … there is a wicked little murder about to happen.  It is curious what drives a soul to suicide, yes? Madame Jahn is  a story of evil wit you won’t want to miss.

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Vincent O’ Sullivan (friend of Oscar Wilde) is an author that no one reads anymore. He is considered to be a fallen master of the macabre. His writing is quite vivid; you can almost smell his characters. His “When I was Dead” is another very short read that hits with a shiver and is the most anthologized of all his work; and after reading it I can understand why. If you like his work, his best shorts are in the Book of Bargains, a collection of his short stories: The Bargain of Rupert Orange, My Enemy and Myself,  A Study in Murder, Original Sin, When I Was Dead, Hugo Raven’s Hand. 

Please drop me a comment if  Vincent O’ Sullivan is a new author to you. I’m curious to know how many horror fans know his work.

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