The last installment of our “The Author is Sickly” series, this is one of two paintings by Gustave Léonard de Jonghe entitled The Convalescent.
The subject has a rather lovely room to convalesce in, full of the trappings of middle-class 19th-century life.
The objects suggest both a desire for worldliness—which the tiger-skin rug, the laquerware fireplace screen with a red-crowned crane, and the Japanese paper fan on the mantle all emphasize—and for familiar comfort (the large silkwork screen in the background, judging by the imperfectly executed and simple pattern, is probably the product of some industrious female member of the family).
The chair, meanwhile, exists in a kind of middle space between the two: known as a “Turkish” chair, its overstuffed cushions and rounded, slightly reclining shape reflect a late 19th-century trend towards comfort in furniture.
We Only Live at Night - A mix for that very nocturnal creature, the vampire.
tracklisting: 01. libera me - elliot goldenthal 02. possession - evans blue 03. running up that hill - placebo 04. morning after dark - timbaland (featuring soshy and nelly furtado) 05. people are strange - the doors 06. mouth (stingray mix) - bush 07. touched - vast 08. under the bridge - red hot chili peppers 09. transylvanian concubine (manson mix) - rasputina 10. life in mono - mono 11. before i’m dead - kidneythieves 12. danse macabre op. 40 - camille saint-saens 13. kiss from a rose - sting 14. i just died in your arms tonight - cutting crew 15. the other side - bruno mars (featuring cee-lo green and b.o.b.) 16. nite runner - duran duran 17. teeth - lady gaga 18. carry on dancing - savage garden 19. stirb nicht vor mir (don’t die before i do) - rammstein (featuring sharleen spiteri) 20. stay - shakespeare’s sister 21. jazz suite, waltz no. 2 - dmitri shostakovich
those who dream only by night: the gothic short stories rec list
have you ever felt like you want to read more fiction in the gothic tradition, but you haven’t the money or the time, or you’re the sort of person who only reads a novel if you’re sure you like the writer? i can help with that! here is a list of short stories, novellas, and one poem, all of which are important in the gothic tradition, the gothic revival, or contemporary gothic fiction, and they are all on the internet! for free! (i enjoy making rec lists, but i particularly enjoy making rec lists where i know that everyone who reads the list can get all of it for free.) so, take a night, make some hot chocolate, and frighten the life out of yourself. you’ll thank me!
- manfred by lord byron (1817)
- the tell tale heart by edgar allan poe (1843)
- carmilla by sheridan le fanu (1872)
- lord arthur savile’s crime by oscar wilde (1887)
- the yellow wallpaper by charlotte perkins gilman (1892)
- lot no. 249 by arthur conan doyle (1892)
- the great god pan by arthur machen (1894)
- the turn of the screw by henry james (1898)
- the monkey’s paw by w.w. jacobs (1902)
- sredni vashtar by saki (1911)
- casting the runes by m.r. james (1911)
- the damned by algernon blackwood (1914)
- the tomb by h.p. lovecraft (1922)
- the garden party by katherine mansfield (1922)
- a rose for emily by william faulkner (1930)
- the lottery by shirley jackson (1948)
- lamb to the slaughter by roald dahl (1953)
- a good man is hard to find by flannery o’connor (1955)
- the company of wolves by angela carter (1979)
- i, cthulhu by neil gaiman (1986)
During those parts of Dracula where all the men tell Mina to stay behind because it’s too dangerous even after she was the one who figured everything out, I wanted Mina to go and be on her own secret mission to kill vampires. I have a headcanon that after she had kids and supposedly settled down with Jonathan, she still went out and hunted creatures of the night.
Favourite outfits from period dramas: