Thursday, December 22, 2005

Christmas Chills

The Victorians strongly felt that this time of year was perfect for ghost stories 'round the fire. Though Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol remains as popular as ever, many other Christmas ghost stories are long lost and forgotten. Might Monsterama recommend the aforementioned Dickens' last Christmas story from 1848, called The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain? Mr. Redlaw is a chemistry professor tormented by painful memories. He is visited on Christmas Eve by a phantom, a double of himself, who bestows the gift of forgetting these painful memories. The catch is that others who come into contact with the professor also lose remembrance of past hurts and sorrows.
You can see more of John Tenniel's illustrations for the story here. Happy Christmas you naughty children.