Friday, October 28, 2011
This being October I was thinking about scary things and one thing I thought of was this story, "The Song of Triumphant Love," by the Russian writer Turgenev, pictured above. Russians always come up with the scariest stuff.
I found this story because of a CD I had to review at work that featured a narrator reading it in German and matched it up with music of the time. Well, the music of the time, whatever it was, could not measure up to the story. I found that out when I hunted the story down on the Internet in English and read it.
The story is here should anyone want to read it too. Go ahead, it is October. Treat yourself!
Just so you know, though, set aside an hour or so. You do not want to rush it.
When I read it a couple of years ago, I was at work and it was terrible, I could not look away from it.
Then that night I could not sleep. I lay awake all night staring at the ceiling, thinking about this story. And the worst thing was, I was too scared to get out of bed. I kept thinking of this one scene near the end. I do not want to give it away. You will get to it.
I think this was the most frightening thing I have ever read in my life. It gets under your skin in a weird way. Enjoy!
You may want to listen to Pennario playing some feverish music by Mussorgsky.