The Horror: Penguin classics, and Guillermo Del Toro

August 18, 2009 at 7:52 pm (Uncategorized)

On a recent trip to Ottawa (scary enough), I had to time to read William Hope Hodgeson’s The House on the Borderland. It’s a crazy horror story much loved by people by H.P. Lovecraft and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. Very spooky and well worth checking out.

Penguin have thoughtfully re-issued the book with a very cool cover along with nine other titles. (You can see the covers here) I’m slowly working my way through the set.

THE DUNWICH HORROR – H. P. Lovecraft 

 THE BEETLE – Richard Marsh 

THE HAUNTED DOLLS’ HOUSE – M. R. James 

 THE SPOOK HOUSE – Ambrose Bierce 

 THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND – William Hope Hodgson 

THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM – Bram Stoker 

LOIS THE WITCH – Elizabeth Gaskell 

THE VIRGIN OF THE SEVEN DAGGERS – Vernon Lee 

 THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH – Edgar Allan Poe 

THE HAUNTED HOTEL – Wilkie Collins

And if you like horror, you might want to check out the recent collaboration between Guillermo Del Toro (Cronos, Blade 2, Hellboy, the Devil’s Backbone) and Chuck Hogan (Prince of Thieves).   The Strain is a three volume vampire story to be published in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The vampirism in the trilogy is rooted in a parasitic virus, and for the most part, the vampires are like the feral monsters of 30 Days of Night than the typical vampire fare. Twilight? Oh please.

Here’s the offical web site and here’s a video clip (yeah, it was developed as a TV series)

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