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"The Tapestried Chamber"

"The Tapestried Chamber"

“The Tapestried Chamber,” by Sir Walter Scott, is believed by many scholars to be the first “modern” ghost story, published in 1828.

The common definition of “Gothic” in literature is connected with horror and darkness.  The “machinery” of Gothic novels includes terror, mystery, the supernatural, death and decay; old, haunted buildings; madness and hereditary curses—all kinds of fun things.

The narrative contains castles, abbeys, and dark passages in order to create a feeling of horror in the reader.  Nature is an important part of the setting:  a leafy wood, ivy covering the walls of a castle, storms, and a full moon are clear examples of the dark beauty found in a Gothic tale.

And now, turn down the lights, and join us for “The Tapestried Chamber” by Sir Walter Scott….