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by Bram Stoker Details
This may be the most famous vampire story of all time. In this story, a naive young Englishman travels to Transylvania to do business with a client, Count Dracula. After showing his true and terrifying colors, Dracula boards a ship for England in search of new, fresh blood. Unexplained disasters begin to occur in the streets of London before the mystery and the evil doer are finally put to rest.
Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus
by Mary Shelley Details
One freezing morning, a lone man wandering across the Arctic ice caps is rescued by a ship's captain. As he is nursed back to health, Victor Frankenstein recounts his story of ambition, murder, and revenge. As a young scientist Frankenstein pushed moral boundaries in order to create life itself. But his creation is a monster stitched together from grave-robbed body parts who has no place in the world, and whose life can only lead to tragedy.
Northanger Abbey
by Jane Austen Details
Catherine Morland is the very ideal of a nice girl from a happy family, but she has an overactive imagination. She is also obsessed with Gothic novels, where terrible things happen to the heroine, which gets her into all sorts of trouble. When she meets funny, sharp Henry Tilney, she's instantly taken with him. But when she is invited to his home, the sinister Northanger Abbey, her preoccupation with fantasy starts to get in the way of reality.
The Complete Stories
by Edgar Allan Poe Details
Sixty-eight short stories by the nineteenth century American master of the macabre. Contains familiar favorites such as The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Gold Bug, and The Pit and the Pendulum, and lesser known works such as MS. Found in a Bottle, King Pest, The Man That Was Used Up, The Devil in the Belfry, The Balloon-Hoax, and Some Words with a Mummy.
The House of the Seven Gables
by Nathaniel Hawthorne Details
The sins of one generation are visited upon another in a haunted New England mansion until the arrival of a young woman from the country breathes new air into mouldering lives and rooms.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
by Washington Irving Details
A superstitious schoolmaster, in love with a wealthy farmer's daughter, has a terrifying encounter with a headless horseman.
The Metamorphosis
by Franz Kafka Details
A seemingly ordinary man, Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning only to discover that he has been transformed into a gigantic insect and must deal with the depression over his new physical alteration, as well as the rejection of his family.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson Details
In this classic story of good and evil, a gentle doctor's experiment into the duality of the soul goes awry and he is transformed into a hideous monster at night. Stevenson explores the darker side of human nature, which is a common theme in the works of Poe.
Updated 04/16/2016

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