Books 'n' stuff: Oddities research & inspiration
I’m cheating a bit in posting an Oddities universe (Oddverse?) research/inspiration list now, rather than later on after I’d explained the worldbuilding a bit more, but I’m still recovering from a leg injury and 10 days of not sleeping in my own bed (no hospital stay, just dog-sitting – or rather, dogs sitting on me), and my best beloveds keep telling me to be nice to myself, so here, have a list of books, movies, and other assorted media. 

Pictured: a dog sitting on me.

There’s no particular rhyme or reason here, I just went down my bookshelves. I initially tried to separate these out into “Research” and “Inspiration” categories, but to be honest, I’ve been playing about with this universe for over a decade now, so the lines are kind of blurred.

Adam Lyal’s Royal Mile (as discussed in my Oddities origin post)

The Sherlock Holmes Canon by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The works of Charles Dickens, specifically Great Expectations (Pip, you are such a dick…)

A bit of Lovecraft (“Pickman’s Model” and “The Dunwich Horror”)

Charles Addams’s New Yorker cartoons

“The Addams Family” (1991) and “Addams Family Values” (1993) (the movies, yes; the tv show, not so much for this)

The Monster Show by David J. Skal

“In Search Of” (hosted by Leonard Nimoy)

“Dark Shadows” (the original series)

“Crimson Peak” (mostly for the house, for this project)

Too many gothic novels to name

“The Shadow” (radio program, 1930s – 1950s)

“The Shadow” (1994 movie) (I wrote a whole post about my thing for the Shadow…)

The Shadow: The Freak Show Murders by Walter Gibson 

Monsters, Giant, and Little Men from Mars by Daniel Cohen

The Golden Book of Mysteries by Jane Werner Watson and Sol Chaneles

Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace by Kate Summerscale

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale

The Victorian City by Judith Flanders

Inside the Victorian Home by Judith Flanders

The Art of the English Murder by Lucy Worsley

A Bottomless Grave and Other Victorian Tales of Terror ed. by Hugh Lamb

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman

What Jane Austen Ate and What Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool

The Mile-End Murder by Sinclair McKay

Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrook Lane by Paul Thomas Murphy

The Dead Witness: A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Detective Stories ed. Michael Sims

The Weird Detective Adventures of Wade Hammond, Vol. 1 by Paul Chadwick

Television Horror Movie Hosts by Elena M. Watson

Strangely Enough by C.B. Colby

Victorian London by Liza Picard

Victorian Guide to Sex: Desire & Deviance in the 19th Century by Fern Riddell

The Victorian Underworld by Donald Thomas

Heath, Medicine & Society in Victorian England by Mary Wilson Carpenter

Come Buy, Come Buy: Shopping and the Culture of Consumption in Victorian Women’s Writing by Krista Lysack

The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskill

The Night-Land by William Hope Hodgson 

Carnacki, The Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson

Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and The New Eroticism by Deborah Lutz

Penny Dreadfuls: Sensational Tales of Terror compiled by Stefan Dziemianowicz

Le Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire

Casting the Runes by M.R. James

Late Victorian Gothic Tales ed. Roger Luckhurst

Lore (podcast & books) by Aaron Mahnke

“Strange Company” (blog)

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