“…Reynolds outsold Charles Dickens as well as all the other well-known Victorian novelists, including the Brontes, Thackeray, Eliot, and Trollope.”
I know the initial reaction to classical literature is… “Get it awaaaay!” –So much so, that a lot of doofy little emo kids running around armed with Wikipedia’s synopses in their brains, as opposed to -actually- reading the original horror classics. But! It’s worth it.
It’s worth it to read the classics because there is a language, a mood, and it creeps in, while you read. Nothing else can do that except the original writing of the author, –their voices are still available over a century past their deaths. No one can tell you a good werewolf story like the person who wrote some of the earliest examples of horror fiction.