"The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole"
Although this one is not a true penny dreadful, The Castle of Otranto, an original Gothic novel, fueled many of the great Gothic horror stories such as Dracula and Frankenstein. In addition to these classics, it also lead to many Gothic penny dreadfuls in the 19th century. According to the British Library, the story is about "Manfred, the prince of Otranto, who is keen to secure the castle for his descendants in the face of a mysterious curse. The novel begins with the death of Manfred’s son, Conrad, who is crushed to death by an enormous helmet on the morning of his wedding to the beautiful princess Isabella. Faced with the extinction of his line, Manfred vows to divorce his wife and marry the terrified Isabella himself." The novel was responsible for creating some of the many Gothic horror supernatural elements we us today such as, "secret passages, clanging trapdoors, hidden identities and vulnerable heroines fleeing from men with evil intent."
Where can I get a copy of The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole?
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Where can I get a copy of The String of Pearls?
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Have you had a chance to read either one of these creepy classics? I haven't read The Castle of Otranto yet, but it's on my must-read TBR list!