Oktoberfest or Oktoberfright?

Regensburg,  Bavaria

Well, dear readers, September was a fairly horrific month between the hurricanes and earthquakes and threats of nuclear war, so I hope October is calmer.   I usually read a piece of fiction or history associated with Germany at this time of year,  and have a series lined up.   I’m also featuring some Halloween reading for the first time; I just finished Dracula, and hope to cover Frankenstein later in the month. Until then I’m enjoying a collection of ghostly fiction, and will be starting into the German history soon.  I had wanted to read Heart of Europe, a history of the Holy Roman Empire, but it’s close to a thousand pages and I have too many irons in the fire.  One potential is A Mighty Fortress, a history of the German people written to rescue the land of poets and thinkers from its twelve years of infamy. Perhaps I’ll enjoy it with a märzen…

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5 Responses to Oktoberfest or Oktoberfright?

  1. R.T. says:

    Stephen, that's an interesting reading plan, and I'm going to steal it! Now I must find some things scary and German. Hmm.

  2. Brian Joseph says:

    I love horror. I need to read more of it. I also love quality beer and I have been drinking some märzen for the season. Beer and horror books are a wonderful combination!

  3. Stephen says:

    I know a movie — “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” — which is both! (“Unsettling” may be a better word than scary…it's a weird movie, a bit of German expressionism.)

  4. Stephen says:

    Horror is easily one of my least-read genres, but I'm enjoying this little jaunt so far.

  5. Fred says:

    If you watch films, you may be interested in a two DVD set found on Netflix: Shades of Darkness. It's a BBC adaptation of six short stories with ghostly themes. Three of the stories are written by Edith Wharton and one by Elizabeth Bowen. The ohter two are by writers I'm not familiar with: CHB Kitchen and May Sinclair.

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