Favourite 1880s Horror Tales by Robert Louis Stevenson (3)

This post is third in a series of four. Happy reading!


Gothic novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Many people will have studied this classic in school or college, I’m sure. It has good reason to be considered a classic. If you’ve only seen TV or film adaptations, give the book a go for a much richer experience. It’s fascinating to read how Hyde becomes stronger as Jekyll pays him more and more attention. The book is also told from three points of view, all first-person, a style which I particularly like.

Interesting insights: B. Luciano Barsuglia adapted this book to film last year, starring Gianni Capaldi and Shaun Paul Piccinino. They play Hyde and Jekyll, respectively, one of the rare times that the two sides are played by different actors.

What’s your favourite short story?

While you’re here, why not have a read of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s The Mysterious Lodger!


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