Her birth took a life. Her life birthed a nightmare. And her greatest loves died way too soon.
Most of us have read and watched the various versions of Frankenstein. The image of the nameless monster created by a mad scientist is at the center of horror culture. But what inspired such a horrific and grisly tale?
Mary Shelley’s life was its own gothic tragedy—full of loss, pain, and even a few monsters.
The South is full of superstition, folklore, and spooks. I think it's because of our large number of Scottish descendants, but it could also be because people move slower here. We spend lots of time sitting around the table or on our dusty front porches. We're natural-born storytellers. We believe in community and keeping traditions alive.
Southern Gothic Literature focuses on grotesque themes, often featuring broken, damaged, and delusional characters with possible supernatural elements. It's a vibrant genre that has long captured the attention of audiences. Authors who write Southern Gothic embrace their heritage and write about what they know best--the mysterious, murky madness that staunch tradition, religion, and secrecy create.
All writers are told to "write what you know," but why is that so important? Behind all believable fiction, there is someone's true experience and emotion. Tolkien's full and interesting life bled into his masterpieces. In this episode, we'll find out the story behind The Lord of the Ring's epic cast and adventure.
What is it about fairy tales that intrigue us—that endure time? Perhaps it’s simply their closeness to purity and innocence that we long for. Or, what if it’s not their moral that grips us but their villain? What if the layers were peeled back, and the sweet, pure characters revealed their skeletons. After all, no one is who they seem.
In this episode, we’ll uncover another Snow White, along with her sister Rose Red. And we’ll explore the strange, beastly love they encounter.
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There are certain things that once experienced, there’s no going back. In this episode, we'll meet the forgotten author, Conrad Aiken. He witnessed the most horrific thing a person could when he was eleven years old. That life-altering event both haunted him an defined him. We’ll discuss the most famous poet most people have never known.
On December 3rd, 1926, the Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie disappeared and wasn't seen again for 11 days. What happened to her? Let's travel back in time and peek behind the carefully wrought facade of Agatha's seemingly perfect life. We'll find out why she took this one to the grave.
In the last episode, we meet Little Red. In this one, we’ll delve deeper into an even more terrifying aspect of the story—the wolf. We’ll step into a little known corner of history and find out the truth behind the beast.
Does chivalry still exist? King Arthur and Guinevere like you've never seen them before. Referencing Lord Tennyson's "Morte d'Arthur" and William Morris' "The Defence of Guenevere," we explore the history of Arthurian legend and the epic romance (or lack thereof) between Arthur and Guinevere.
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