horror history


Dracula’s Origins: A Vampire Story in Romania

Things I'd like to ask Bram Stoker: What was the true inspiration for Dracula? It's possibly the most common question writers are asked. Everyone wants to know where a writer gets their ideas, and the writer often struggles to come up with a satisfying answer. But the history surrounding Dracula's origins makes the question irresistible! So who was it inspiring such terror in Eastern Europe that could have sparked something in Stoker? Was it Vlad the Impaler? He's certainly a solid and popular possibility. But there's also Countess Elizabeth Báthory, who has a[...]


Horror History: Laughing in the Face of Danger

Welcome to The Midnight Society’s #OctFearFest! You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants. - Stephen King When I sit down to think of the history of horror, lots of stuff comes into my mind (Frankenstein, of course) but if there's a type of horror I love best, it's comedy horror. There's nothing better than looking at something terrifying, and having a laugh. I'm sure that when people were first on this planet they were out there clubbing their dinner and laughing over the spray of blood, so the h[...]