Scary Stories in Special Collections
Special Collections’ dim-lit stacks hold rare copies of some of the most famous tales of horror, mystery, and otherworldly terror! I thought I’d highlight a few in the spirit of Halloween:
1. Charles Robert Maturin, Melmoth the wanderer: a tale (second edition, 1821). This famous Gothic novel, by the great-uncle of Oscar Wilde, tells the story of the life and wanderings of a scholar who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for a prolonged life.
2. Edgar Allen Poe, “The Raven” (1845). Poe first published his famous poem in the magazine American Review in February 1845.