GOTHIC HORROR: THREE MORE NEGLECTED TALES

Halloween month continues here at Balladeer’s Blog! Recently I examined three neglected Gothic horror stories. Here are three more that deserve more attention than they generally receive.

DON'T BELIEVE SOURCES THAT TRY TO PASS THIS OFF AS A TRUE STORY.

DON’T BELIEVE SOURCES THAT TRY TO PASS THIS OFF AS A TRUE STORY.

THE SQUAW HOLLOW SENSATION (1879) – Author unknown. This macabre tale from America should be as well-known as works like The House of the Seven Gables or The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The Squaw Hollow Sensation deals with an Aztec mummy and was first published in serialized form in the California newspaper The Mountain Democrat in 1879.

The story was originally presented as if it actually happened but as it becomes more grisly and fantastic the reader realizes it’s fictional. When gold mining uncovers an Aztec tomb in California an obsessed scientist conducts macabre experiments to try to revive Sethos, one of the entombed mummies. Some things are better left alone, however as we learn in a tale that includes wandering Aztec ghosts, twisted experimentation on the bodies of Sethos’ fellow mummies and a catalogue of atrocities.  

FOR MY FULL-LENGTH REVIEW CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/2012/10/29/americas-1879-mummy-story-the-squaw-hollow-sensation/

THE KING IN YELLOW

THE KING IN YELLOW

THE KING IN YELLOW (1895) – By Robert W Chambers. This absorbing work is often called the greatest American work of horror in between Poe and the moderns, and deservedly so. H.P. Lovecraft praised it and incorporated some of its elements in his own writing. An unperformed play called The King in Yellow has been driving insane all those who dare to read it. Clergy from around the world have denounced the work, which has been banned and burned in many places.

Adventurous souls and obsessed literary scholars still seek out The King in Yellow, making them vulnerable to madness, inspired to twisted works of art or science, and susceptible to visits from the sinister minions of the title King as they begin crossing over into the real world. Those minions are in humanoid form, unlike Lovecraft’s Old Ones and – in my opinion – more frightening.

A cycle of four short stories comprise The King in Yellow Cycle and the only real mistake Chambers made was in putting the “punch line” of the horror in the next-t0- last story, In the Court of the Dragon, instead of in the last tale. FOR MY FULL-LENGTH REVIEW CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/2012/10/16/halloween-reading-the-king-in-yellow-1895/

THE GREAT GOD PAN

THE GREAT GOD PAN

THE GREAT GOD PAN (1890, expanded in 1894) – By Arthur Machen. Another work praised by Lovecraft, but also by Stephen King. A mad scientist performs brain modification surgery to a prostitute that he is using as a human guinea pig. That surgery makes her able to perceive – and be perceived by – the debauched pagan deity Pan. The lustful entity rapes the woman, who later gives birth to Pan’s child before dying a horrible death.

That child – a girl named Helen – is beautiful and wise beyond her years and at age twelve her sinister nature begins to manifest itself. Like a female version of Damien decades before The Omen Helen metes out horrific fates to playmates who arouse her ire. As she reaches her teens and twenties she begins preying on rich and powerful men, luring them into bizarre sex practices and drug use, abandoning them after draining them of all their money.

The unholy rituals and unspeakable deeds that Helen leads her male victims into leave behind such a residue of evil that one of her former residences even becomes haunted and unrentable. A bit of an anti-climax is all that comes between The Great God Pan and perfection.  

FOR MY FULL-LENGTH REVIEW CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/2012/10/25/halloween-reading-the-great-god-pan-1890/

FOR MY PREVIOUS LOOK AT THREE OTHER NEGLECTED HORROR STORIES CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/2014/10/01/gothic-horror-three-neglected-novels/

FOR MORE HALLOWEEN ITEMS CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/category/halloween-season/         

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15 responses to “GOTHIC HORROR: THREE MORE NEGLECTED TALES

  1. Got to read these! That one about the Aztec mummy sounds very fun!

  2. Fantastic stories! Not just the Aztec mummy but the King in Yellow, too. I had read The Great God Pan before.

  3. The one with the Aztec Mummy sounds awesome but copies of it cost too much.

  4. That aztec mummy is messdd up

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  6. The Great God Pan sounds like the best.

  7. My dream would not be just one particular place. Just having the money and ability to travel and see it all.

  8. I loved The King in Yellow. You were spot on with that one. I hated Great God Pan and thought you were way off. I can’t find a reasonably priced copy of the Squaw Hollow Sensation to be able to judge that one.

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