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Book cover: Phantoms and Fantasies by Rudyard Kipling

Special Collections student assistant, Mario Delgadillo, recently selected items for a small horror exhibit in the Louis A. Kenney Reading Room.  This exhibit showcases the various types of horror-related materials held in Special Collections.  Here is what Mario had to say about his selections:

Although there is no exact date for the birth of the horror genre, literary historians believe that it started as oral folklore with central themes of death, evil and demons.

Some of the greatest classics of this literary genre include Bram Stoker's Dracula, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the short stories of acclaimed authors Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft.

Bram Stoker's Dracula is one of horror's best-known works. Although it was not the first story with vampires for characters, it did popularize them and served as inspiration for many modern works. This novel has been categorized in many literary genres besides horror including vampire literature, the gothic novel and romance literature. 

In contrast, Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson made a psychological disorder - Dissociative Identity Disorder - the topic of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  Many say that he dreamt the story while he was sick and others say he wrote while under the effect of drugs.  Either way, the result is a truly horrifying story.

Special Collections and University Archives holds numerous novels of this genre, from Gothic novels such as Vathek and The Mysteries of Udolpho, to more modern authors like Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and famed children's illustrator and author Edward Gorey.

Will you dare to submerge yourself in one of these horrifying stories?


Side detail of collection case
Front of collection case
Detail of 2nd shelf of collection case
Detail of top shelf of collection case
Detail of lower shelf of collection case
A Century of Creepy Stories and other titles
The Witches of Eastwick and other titles
The Compleat Werewolf and Dracula
Detail of pop-up book scene with Dracula
2nd collection case
Partial detail of 2nd collection case
Full detail of 2nd collection case
Side detail of 2nd collection case
Book cover: The Raven & Three Tales of TError
Illustration of woman holding severed head
Book cover: Salome
Book cover: A Century of Creepy Stories
Stephen King book covers: Carrie & The Shining
The Woman in White and Women of Darkness
Alfred Hitchcock's Stories Not for the Nervous
Assorted Horror Book Covers
Book cover: Phantoms and Fantasies
Book cover: Superhorror
Book cover: The Haunted Looking Glass
Book cover: The Raven

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