Thursday, 9 May 2019

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Immoral beauty in aristocracy England

As the only novel Oscar Wilde ever wrote, The Picture of Dorian Gray is a chillingly effective gothic horror story of obsession and vanity in 19th century English society. Here we look at extravagance and immorality in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Dorian Gray’s natural beauty is crucial motivator in the book, inspiring awe from those who see him and not least of all Basil Hallward, the artist for whom his greatest muse Dorian is the subject for a full-length portrait. Through Basil Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, an aristocrat who boasts proudly of his hedonistic lifestyle that is to become Dorian’s inspiration.

Wotton’s influence and unrelenting praise for the pursuit of pleasure and beauty for their own sake lead the na├»ve Dorian to wish his portrait would age instead of himself, to allow him a lifetime of sensualism without consequence. The social circle Dorian and Henry keep allows Dorian to become his version of a perfect ‘type’, a socialite and scholar rolled into one that is allowed to act without morals and without fear of being castigated.

Yet while society is aware of Dorian’s depravity, it is his youthful beauty that allows him to continue his life without recourse, such is the enamouring purity of his face. As his picture becomes ever more cruel, sinister and decrepit, the most typical horror element of the story, it is Dorian’s behaviour that is most horrifying, more so when he realises that he is the architect of his own moral downfall. His murder of Basil, blaming his creation of the portrait as the root, seals Dorian’s fate as wicked in both body and mind. When he moves to destroy the picture once and for all, Dorian’s malice is turned back on him by the terrifying entity imbued in the portrait.

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Monday, 6 May 2019

Horror fiction: How the genre rose from the dead

Book stores are reporting a spike in sales of horror books in the last few years and it appears that nostalgia has a big part to play in this recent resurgence of the genre.

The public’s appetite for this kind of nostalgic horror has been whetted, it seems by TV shows and movies.

The huge success of Netflix TV show Stranger Things is being credited with reawakening readers’ interest in horror fiction. The show is set in the 1980s and features a group of kids encounter, well, strange things, such as supernatural episodes, aliens and other pretty creepy stuff.

Similarly, the remake of IT, a movie based on a Stephen King novel, has led a whole new generation to discover the work of the godfather of horror writing.

British book chain Waterstones reported that they had seen a 33% growth in their sales of horror fiction. In a report in the Daily Telegraph, Waterstones horror buyer Kate McHale credits Stranger Things with that surge, saying that the show has “tapped into that 80s horror nostalgia and created an incredible reader resurgence in the genre.”

The remake of IT grossed over $700million, which is another indication that the genre is in rude health and that King’s work has an enduring appeal.

The appetite for the more supernatural style of horror thriller is certainly reflected in the popularity of books such as The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley, which was named book of the year in 2016 at the British Book Awards.

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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Three things you didn’t know about Dracula

Dracula is one of the most famous and influential horror and vampire books of all time. But there are a few things you probably didn’t know about the Bram Stoker classic. Here is a rundown of just a few things you didn’t know about Dracula.

Stoker was inspired by a short story

One thing you might not know about Dracula is that the inspiration for the book came from a short story that was written as part of competition between Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley and John Polidori. Polidori wrote a piece called The Vampyre which inspired Stoker to write Dracula.

Dracula made a deal with the devil for his powers

In Stoker’s novel, the character of Van Helsing tells us that Dracula got his vampire powers by making a deal with the devil. As he is the lord of vampires and the father of all other vampires, it does make a good deal of sense that Dracula would have had to have made a deal with some devilish force to gain all his powers and dominion over night.

Stoker wrote Dracula after Jack the Ripper

Bram Stoker began writing Dracula in 1890, just two years after Jack the Ripper had been terrorising London. There are links between Stoker’s writing and the murders that Jack the Ripper committed, making the tale of the vampire even more horrifying for those links.

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Sunday, 28 April 2019

Best zombie and vampire movies on Netflix right now

When it comes to monster movies, it is undeniable that they make some of the best horror movies out there. Not humans possessed by demons or psychopaths coming to kill, but humans changed by dark forces into beasts that threaten to wipe out the rest of the human race. Here’s our run down of the best zombie and vampire monster movies on Netflix in January.

Shaun of the Dead

Part of the cornetto trilogy, Shaun of the Dead sees a man (Simon Pegg) waking up one morning to discover that zombies have taken over and he has to save his mum, best friend and girlfriend (but not his step-father) from being turned into zombies. The best way he can think of doing that – heading to the pub.

From Dusk till Dawn

Before his rise to fame thanks to films such as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantino wrote From Dusk til Dawn. A strange but ultimately brilliant movie about two thieves that end up at a strip club that’s open from Dusk till Dawn with a family of three. Though it seems to be a crime thriller, you soon discover that the strip club is full of vampires.

Train to Busan

Zombies on a train could have been the title of this movie. As the zombie apocalypse begins in South Korea, a group of strangers are trapped on a train and end up fighting against the zombies. Simple as it sounds; this movie is elegant, exciting and surprising. The characters are easy to fall in love with and it is easily one of the greatest zombie movies ever made.

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Friday, 31 August 2018

How To Write Terror Part I

The king of horror literature Stephen King once said there are three types of horror. You have the gross-out horror, which we can also refer to as gore. It’s the type of horror where you’re disgusted and needs to put the book down because it’s making your stomach upset; its blood, bones and disfigured bodies. You later have Horror, which are the natural things that scare us like spiders and jump-scares. Finally, you have terror, the most frightening of all because it’s the one that triggers your survival instincts and gets under your skin. It’s also the most challenging one to write, so if you are a struggling terror writer, we’ve rounded up some tips that will make your life easier:

  • Do your research. Before thinking about writing your story do some research on myths, legends and whatever else your story is about. In order to write an authentic horror story, you need to research for authentic experiences. Writing about ouija boards went wrong? Look into someone's real life experience. Want to introduce witchcraft? Look into real witches and their craft. Perhaps you’ll end up basing your story on real-life disappearances. You never know, but the truth is that the more research you do on your story the more realistic and frightening it will seem.
  • Take advantage of the tone. Whether you are writing in the first person or not, the most frightening type of narration and tone to use is a detached one. Short sentences and minimum emotional description. It’s almost as if the narrator has gone into shock and forgot how to speak. This type of writing makes the reader anxious and frustrated, which you as a writer should exploit in order to write good terror.
  • Use all five senses to get under your skin. When building a frightening atmosphere use the power of all five senses so that the reader can really feel the terror. Not just only on the big and frightening moments. Describe the taste of the water and how it changes throughout the story. Inform the reader on the multiple changes in the environment through the five senses so that they can fully grasp the power of what they’re afraid of.
  • Think about what terrifies you. This is super important. Emotion and empathy are two key ingredients when writing terror. You need to write it so that the reader can feel the narrator’s fear. You need to also make sure that the terror you are writing about is something someone else would be terrified of too. To do this you should explore what frightens you, not just monsters and ghosts, but as in, what things produce fear in you. For example, you’re always on alert and afraid when you’re walking home at night alone. Let the fear you feel fuel the terror you write.

These are just some tips we recommend to help you write a terrifying story, we will explore other ideas in the second part of this article. However, if you are really looking into knowing how to write a good terror, there’s no better lesson than to read other authors. We recommend browsing through our online library for a wide variety of terror books.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Vidicus – Explore The Most Dreadful Stories In A Startling Manner

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So what's next? Visit Vidicus and experience the horror. Happy reading!

Monday, 9 July 2018

Seek Mystery With Vidicus

In an era when people are no more intrigued by romance or are frightened by creatures that used to creep them out several decades ago, it is difficult to churn up a story that would enthral the reader and would keep him/her to the edge of the seat all the time. Vidicus, quite unceremoniously brings you mystery books that overcome this constraint, and stay with you long after you have finished reading them, so you can be sure that trash is not entertained here and you have a selection of handpicked books.

You might want to know what kind of books you would be subscribing to on Vidicus, and you will know here. Gossamer by Louis Lowry would keep you hooked even if you have read a lot of books on dream psychology and you are a jaded reader of mystery books that deal with this oeuvre. This is a good book to start with because this would get you ready for Lowry’s Newbery award winner book—The Giver. This is an author you must read, not just because he has won the prestigious award twice, but because of the ingenious plots that he weaves out of thin air. In Gossamer, he explores the relationship between a furious boy and a woman, who discover a lot of history (with the help of a mysterious creature that they will never encounter again) that would change their lives forever.

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