Debussy’s The Fall of the House of Usher

March 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Composer Claude Debussy composed several pieces based on literature. One example is his only opera Pelléas et Méllisande based on Maurice Maeterlinck’s play. More relevant to us, is the fact that he began work on two operas based on Poe’s work. Le diable dans le beffroi (based on the satiric The Devil in the Belfry) was never finished and neither was La chute de la maison Usher (The Fall of the House of Usher). He worked on the latter 1912–1917. Listen to a part of it here:


“The Fall of the House of Usher”

March 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Find Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Fall of The House of Usher” here. Here‘s a study guide.

Harry Clarke's illustration of the story

Metropolis: full movie here!

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment

See Fritz Lang’s dystopian movie, the 1927 classic Metropolis.

Viennese sewers

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Although The Third Man (1949, dir: Carol Reed) isn’t horror per se –imdb lists it as a noir thriller– it requires a mention for its stunning use of Viennese architecture. It is famous for the scenes in the sewers.

See the whole film here:


An essay on architecture in the movies The Haunting and Repulsion

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

From The Haunting (1963)

Watch the movie! Part 1/13 here:

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Fiction + Architecture = Art

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Artist Michelle Lord creates an art project inspired Jorge Luis Borges’ short story “The Immortal”. Borges, one of the most interesting writers of the 20th century, quite often used architecture in his stories. Pictures and article here.

Architect interviews gothic writer

February 14, 2011 1 comment

BLDG Blog interviews gothic writer Patrick McGrath on the importance of setting, here.