victorian gothic novels

Stay The Fuck Home The Something Creepy Edition

I’ve always leaned more towards the creepy than the delightful. I prefer the world of creepy things. Haunted houses, bats, spiders, gothic novels, horror movies, spooky stories and Victorian Death Photography. I know many of my friends appreciate these things as well. I know that my tastes either turn people on or scare them away, however, I know everyone has a week bit of interest in the darker side of things. For today’s blog post, I am going to give you things to read or watch to either entertain you or educate you! Let’s be macabre together!

Haunted houses! I have always wanted to live in a creepy old, ghost filled Victorian. Nice ghosts of course. No one wants to live with assholes! Especially, those who can walk through walls.

Bats! If you been reading my blog. You know I love them! Go check out this article!

Spiders come in all shapes and sizes and we have a few living in our home. I know many of you are afraid of them, but trust me, a lot of them are harmless to humans and keep pests at bay in your home. If you see one, don’t kill it. If you really can’t stand it being in your home, carefully remove it.

Gothic novels are one of my favourite things to read. Frankenstein, Dracula, Varney the Vampire, Jane Eyre, the works of Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, and many, many more! You can read many for free on Gutenburg.

Horror movies have been my favourite way to kill a couple hours. See what I did there. Kill a couple of hours… get it? Nevermind.

The classics such as Universal Monsters (Frankenstein, The Mummy, Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Werewolf, Dracula), or silent horror are my my all time favourites.

Spooky ghost stories are best told right before bed so you can have delightful nightmares! At least that is my favourite time to read them. This website has some good flash horror fiction if you can only handle it in a small bite at a time.

Victorian Death Photography (aka memento mori photography) is one of those topics that has a lot of fiction attached to it. It was a real thing, don’t at me about the fiction part. But there are many photos out there claiming to be Victorian Death Photography, aka , when in fact it’s a regular photo.

Atlas Obscura has a great article about Victorian photography and the contraptions used to help subjects still while the photo was being taken. It was necessary for the subject to be still because Daguerretype camera‘s required it due to the long exposure. Some contraptions called headclamps were used to keep the client still. Many photos showing the headclamp being used are wrongly labelled as Victorian Death Photography. Something to be aware of!

Day 10

Day 10 complete! Today’s practice was much shorter. 18/19 minutes. Though shorter than the other videos, I was ok with it. Today when I woke up I was almost trying to talk myself out of it. ‘Oh it’s Sunday, sleep in, do Day 10 tomorrow.’ Instead I got up and did it. If I start talking myself out of something… it means I won’t do it. So, I reminded myself, this is for my health. I’ve made progress in my getting rid of the weight journey. I’m noticing changes… KEEP GOING! Also, this is good for my mental well-being. I’m still grieving. Yoga seems to help calm my mind. I’ve been working my arse off and I need to keep going. It’s paying off!

Keeping in the theme of the Victorian Era, I LOVE Victorian gothic novels and Penny Dreadfuls. We were at the Bloodsuckers exhibit at The ROM yesterday (highly recommend this exhibit) and there was a section showing gothic novels and I felt myself starting to nerd out. Actually, I nerded out over the entire exhibit.

A little Penny Dreadful factoid. When newspapers and publishers started to print serials (aka Penny Dreadfuls, Penny Bloods, Penny Horrible, Penny Awful etc.) the literacy rate in the UK and North America went up!

If you aren’t familiar with Victorian Gothic novels (though you may be and unaware of it), some titles are Varney the Vampire, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Mysteries of Udolpho, and Carmilla.

Here is an interesting article if you want to learn a bit more about Victorian Gothic Novels.