"Portrait of Dorian Gray" and 7 more scary books to Halloween
Not only beauty, but also classics - a terrible force. Add terribly interesting. The masterpieces of world literature, which is not boring to meet Halloween, are waiting for your attention and are ready to come to life in your imagination!
Mary Shelley "Frankenstein, or Modern Prometheus"
The summer of 1816 in Europe was rainy. Resting in the Alps, a circle of British writers led by Byron decided to pass the time, writing dark stories like the weather outside the window and reading them to each other. So 18-year-old Mary Godwin, in Shelley's marriage, was coined by a story about a scientist who managed to revive a dead man. The idea of the writer borrowed from her own nightmare. In 1818, the story was published anonymously, and in 1831, Shelley published a book under her own name and substantially revised it - so the story became a novel. No matter how fantastic the plot, the main idea of it is quite true: people are sometimes more terrible than any monsters ...
I see happiness everywhere, and only it did not get to me. I was gentle and kind: misfortunes turned me into an evil demon. Make me happy and i will be virtuous again
Alexander Pushkin "The Undertaker"
The Tale, 1830
The venerable Moscow undertaker Adrian Prokhorov, a man of a gloomy disposition, drinks on the occasion of his move and acquaintance with his neighbors. In a drunken stupor, he not only supports a toast to the health of his clients, but also invites them to a housewarming party: “Please, my benefactors! ..” And the dead accept the invitation ... Pushkin does not joke about death and the secrets of life, but bourgeois life and worldview, greed instead of grief for the departed mocks mercilessly. "The Undertaker" is included in the cycle "The Stories of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin" together with the "Shot", "The Snowstorm", "The Lady-Peasant" and "The Stationmaster".
What is this, in fact, than my craft is dishonest than others? Is the undertaker the brother to the executioner?
Nikolai Gogol "Portrait"
The Story, 1833–1834
A young artist Chartkov, poor as a church mouse, with his last money, acquires a portrait of an old Asian man in a seedy shop. The picture impresses the young man with the fact that the old man’s eyes look lively, although their eyes are heavy and unpleasant.And at night, the unknown in the portrait comes out of the frame, and this terrible phenomenon is described in such a way that you cringe while reading and think: is this really just Chartkov’s nightmare? The portrait plays a fatal role in the fate of the artist, awakening in him vanity, selfishness and greed. The work is included in the cycle "Petersburg Stories" along with novels "Nevsky Prospekt", "Nose", "Overcoat", "Notes of a Madman".
Whoever embodies talent, that cleaner must be the soul. Much will be forgiven to another, but not forgiven.
Edgar Po "Golden Beetle"
The Story, 1843
"The Golden Beetle" became one of the most famous and read stories of Po during his lifetime. In the guise of a mystical novella with a mysterious amulet in the form of a golden beetle and the dead, guarding the pirate treasure, hides an exciting detective story that has aroused readers' interest in ciphers and everything connected with them. And the story begins with the fact that an impoverished nobleman who lives on an almost deserted islet in the state of South Carolina, during a walk with the dog, finds a beetle-shaped pendant and a scrap of old parchment, on which a skull image and an incomprehensible set of symbols appear at home under the influence of heat.Is the persistence of a treasure hunter (in the eyes of others, he looks like a madman) to be crowned with success?
It is hardly possible for a person’s mind to guess such a riddle, which the mind of another of his fellows, directed properly, could not reveal
Oscar Wilde "Portrait of Dorian Gray"
The young aristocrat Dorian Gray, a hedonist who does not deny himself any whims, expresses the wish that he should not age, but his portrait. Desire comes true: the years go by, and youth and beauty do not leave Dorian, and only his twin on the canvas becomes uglier ... Gray is charming, attractive in his positive form of esthete and romance, and in a negative role of a vicious cynic. Contemporaries accused Oscar Wilde and his work of immorality, to which he ironically replied that every person sees his own sins in Dorian Green.
Each of us carries within us both hell and heaven ...
Anton Chekhov "The Black Monk"
The Tale, 1893
Master of Philosophy Andrei Vasilyevich Kovrin goes to the village to improve his health and nerves. There he rests, falls in love with the charming daughter of his former guardian and ... acquires a mysterious interlocutor - an old monk who asserts that Kovrin is the chosen one, the same genius and talent, whose memory will remain for centuries.Chekhov wrote about his story to the publisher that he gave it "the image of a young man suffering from delusions of grandeur." And how do you think the black monk is more like the fruit of a sick imagination or is it nevertheless like a revived character of gloomy legends, like the biblical Cain?
I exist in your imagination, and your imagination is a part of nature, it means that I exist in nature
Diana Setterfield "Thirteenth Tale"
All that we love in the good old English novels: the respectable families and their skeletons in the closet, old estates with ghosts and all-knowing servants - is also in the neo-gothic bestseller of Diana Setterfield. Young woman Margaret Lee, who loves books more than people, accepts an offer to become the biographer of the famous writer Kinds Winter. Immersion in the unpleasant secrets of the past. Species and her family helps Margaret to accept and understand her own mistakes and losses. And the thirteenth tale of the authorship of Winter, which Lee is looking for with the persistence of a second-hand bookseller and literary critic, is the story of an illegitimate little girl - the one that will become famous as a writer.
Stories need words. Without them, they fade, get sick and die, and then their ghosts begin to pursue us, not giving rest
Mariam Petrosyan "The house in which ..."
Mysterious House is a boarding school for disabled children, a closed world full of mysticism and secrets for very unusual students. They live by sharing clans (Pheasants, Birds, Rats, Dogs and a nameless group), and they are at enmity so that in this war they can’t do without victims both among teenagers and tutors. The leader of the wards of the House, nicknamed Blind, has the makings of a werewolf; his friend-empath Sphinx is capable of jumping into a parallel world - the underside of the House; the wheelchair Lord, "beautiful as an elf king," can move quickly without a wheelchair, and the Vulture, the leader of the Birds clan, a criminal talent, is inseparable from the shadow of the deceased twin brother Max. No matter how strange and cruel the rules of life in the House are, the graduates are even more afraid of leaving it ... If you like works in the genre of magical realism, this book will not disappoint you.
... life does not flow in a straight line. It is like circles that diverge in the water.
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