‘A Haunted House’, by Virginia Woolf, both is and is not a ghost story. In less than two pages of prose, Woolf explores, summons, and subverts the conventions of the ghost story, offering a modernist take on the genre. ‘A Haunted House’, which first appeared in Woolf’s 1921 short-story collection Monday or Tuesday.
Ariel's Song. "Ariel's Song" is a verse passage in Scene ii of Act I of William Shakespeare's The Tempest.
Hector Hugh Munro (18 December 1870 – 14 November 1916), better known by the pen name Saki, and also frequently as H. H. Munro, was a British writer whose witty, mischievous and sometimes macabre stories satirize Edwardian society and culture. He is considered a master of the short story, and often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. Influenced by Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll and Rudyard Kipling, he himself influenced A. A. Milne, Noël Coward and P. G. Wodehouse.
This poem is quoted in an official UK government publication about military doctrine in the British Army, in a chapter on ‘conflict and the application of force’!
The Magic Shop is a curious tale that follows a father and son’s experience of visiting a ‘genuine magic shop’. While the little boy explores the shop, seeing only joy and wonder, his father is confronted with much more sinister visions. Published in 1903
"The New Colossus" is a sonnet that American poet Emma Lazarus wrote in 1883 to raise money for the construction of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
"The Pit and the Pendulum" is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in 1842 in the literary annual The Gift: A Christmas and New Year's Present for 1843. The story is about the torments endured by a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition, though Poe skews historical facts. The narrator of the story describes his experience of being tortured. The story is especially effective at inspiring fear in the reader because of its heavy focus on the senses, such as sound, emphasizing its reality, unlike many of Poe's stories which are aided by the supernatural. The traditional elements established in popular horror tales at the time are followed, but critical reception has been mixed. The tale has been adapted to film several times.
We've all read or heard about haunted houses. But have you ever read a story from the house's perspective? Have you ever wondered how it became haunted in the first place?
Featured writer, Thomas Webb, brings us this story about a not so ordinary house cat who might be more sinister than it seems.
Carolyn Ashley Kizer (December 10, 1925 – October 9, 2014) was an American poet of the Pacific Northwest whose works reflect her feminism. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985.
As Halloween approaches, Detective John Sturgis is busy trying to solve the disappearance of his daughter Cynthia. Only, she seems to be just another missing person in a town with a long and sordid history of such occurrences.
An underrated classic and possibly Poe's best horror story, this is about a man named William Wilson, who describes a disturbing encounter with his own doppelganger.
Renee, a struggling model with anorexia is not only plagued by the pressures of the modeling world and her extreme diet, she is also tormented by leeches that keep appearing on her skin. Can she get rid of them before they suck the life out of her?
Dylan Marlais Thomas, born October 27, 1914, in South Wales, was the archetypal Romantic poet of the popular American imagination—he was flamboyantly theatrical, a heavy drinker, engaged in roaring disputes in public, and read his work aloud with tremendous depth of feeling and a singing Welsh lilt.
We kick off the Halloween season with this bizarre tale about a tree. But not just any tree. This tree projects a significant fear to anyone brave enough to glance at its grotesque features. Can anyone overcome its menacing presence and get close to it?
No matter how determined we are, sometimes we let the little things in life get us down and ruin our writing motivation. But there are other little things in life you can do to counteract what gets you down. Here on some practice tips to get you back to writing..
A man living in a small country hotel becomes obsessed with the only other permanent resident — a a strange pale man who inexplicably moves from room to room.