We return to our earlier theme to recap, refine, and update Gothic delights in what is becoming an annual ritual. Infocult readers and contributors offer the results of their shadowy investigations. (And some were added via comments to this post; thank you, commentators)
- Conrad Aiken, "Silent Snow, Secret Snow" (1933). There's an excellent Night Gallery version (two YouTube parts: 1, 2).
- Ambrose Bierce, "Charles Ashmore's Trail" (1893) (one copy)
- Algernon Blackwood, "The Wendigo" (1910).
- John W. Campbell, "Who Goes There?" (1938). Filmed twice, as The Thing from Another World (1951), then by John Carpenter as The Thing (1982). Wikipedia's entry also claims Horror Express (1973) as a version.
- [Chaosium], The Ithaqua Cycle (2006). Steve B recommends "The Wind Has Teeth," by Greg Vance and Scott Urban (originally in When the Black Lotus Blooms, 1990).
- Død snø ("Dead Snow", 2009). Nazi zombies in Norway. Official site. Cute line from trailer: "Ein! Zwei! Die!"
- August Derleth, "The Drifting Snow"
- The Goblin Man of Norway (1999). Mockumentary for an Xbox game, Too Human (2008; development hell is Gothic enough). Semi-ARG. On YouTube:
- Charles Grant, "Caesar, Now Be Still" (1978).
- Clemence Housman, "The Were-Wolf" (1896) (Gutenberg text, with illustrations)
- Stephen King, The Shining (1977). The great 1980 film.
- Kuolleiden Talvi ("Winter of the Dead", 2007). Zombies attack Finland in this student film. Part 1 on YouTube.
- The Last Winter (Larry Fessenden, 2006).
- Lights Out, "Northern Lights." (mp3) "[A]nother great audio drama from Wyllis Cooper", says HP.
A sound, a humming, a crackling somewhere inside your head. And there are times when you'd swear it's a voice talking to you -- talking in some kind of strange language you can almost understand, filling your whole being with a kind of desperate, inescapable terror.
- H. P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness (1936). Picks up on Poe (see below).
- H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society, A Very Scary Solstice. Prepare to carol! Behold the video version:
(thanks to wifey for the timely gift)
- "Maybe Later We Can Make A Snowman." A very fine, twisted blog post about winter holiday horrors (blogged way back in '05).
- Edgar Allan Poe, The Case of Arthur Gordon Pym (1837) (one text). Poe's only novel, climaxing in a doomed Antarctic expedition. See also Lovecraft and Verne items on this list, for sequelae.
- Phil Pullman, Northern Lights (1995) (The Golden Compass, US title). This superb children's novel is focused on the Arctic, including expeditions, a lab doing medical experiments on children (!), a great ice battle, and a mind-blowing final scene. The book is filled with frights and dread, uncannily aiming at a legion of kids' fears.
- Thomas Pynchon, the Iceland Spar section of Against the Day (2006), 138-155 (see wiki here and here), an Arctic expedition and its horrible aftermath.
- Ravenous (1999), fun historical horror, well suited to the Christmas meal.
- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818): the polar expedition framing story and the monster confronting Victor on the glacier.
- Dan Simmons, The Terror (2007). A doomed polar expedition, with a Poe story reenactment.
- Jules Verne, Le Sphinx des Glaces ("Ice Sphinx", better known as "An Antarctic Mystery", 1897). A sequel to Poe's Pym (see item on this list). Gutenberg edition of one English translation.
- The Wendigo in folklore.
- The Wicker Man (1973). The great solstice movie of all time. There is no remake.
- X-files, "Ice" (1993). Arctic fun with Mulder and Scully.
This list needs more stories. And more women.
(many thanks to Steven B, HP, Steven Kaye, Wolf, and more chilly pals)