mythology meme: [3/3] mythical rulers
↳ romulus and remus of alba longa
Twin sons of Mars and Rhea Silvia, they were nursed by a she-wolf as infants and raised by a simple shepherd and his wife. Once they reached adulthood, they helped overthrow the false king of Alba Longa. Rather than press their own claim to the throne, however, they decided to restore the rightful king, and found a new city of their own. A disagreement arose, concerning the location of this new city; the brothers fought and Remus was killed. Romulus founded Rome and brought it glory, but as the years passed he became increasingly autocratic, and in the end either disappeared, ascended to the heavens to become a god in his own right, or was killed by the Senate, depending on the particular version of the myth.
short stories / creepypasta / comics
- ted the caver
- the dionaea house
- the song and dance man
- penpals series
- anansi’s goatman
- the lottery
- i have no mouth and i must scream
- survivor type
- the pear shaped man
- his face all red
- my fathers long long legs
- the jaunt (audio)
- the kimberly story (audio)
- the abimor
- bongcheon-dong ghost
- the blind mans favour
- fuan no tane and fuan no tane plus
- sarah obannon
- follow the arrows
- the cedar cove incident
- the enigma of amigara fault
true stories / creepy wiki articles
- the dyatlov pass incident
- the otaku murderer
- the gibbons twins
- albert fish
- flatwoods monster
- h. h. holmes
- lawrence singleton
- the green man
- hi-fi murders
- sabrina and ursula eriksson (video)
- the murder of skylar neese
- murder of james bulger
- figure at the grand canyon
- carl tanzler
- the boats
- bubbly creek
- danny laplante
- byford dolphin diving bell incident
- lost catacombs footage
- gloria ramirez
- the dnepropetrovsk maniacs
- the max headroom broadcast
- pit of despair
- candance newmaker
- murder of selena
- rosenhan experiment
- db cooper hijacking
- tous des monstres
- miracle fish
- the gate
- no through road
- still life
- cat piano
- theres a man in the woods
i’ll keep adding to this as i remember and find things, so check back occasionally!
READ TED THE CAVER. I DONT CARE IF U IGNORE EVERYTHING ELSE ON THIS LIST READ TED THE CAVER. also go watch marble hornets too
We thought there were other ways.
The darkness would stay outside.
We are not it, we said. It is not in us.
—Paul Bowles, from “Next to Nothing” in Too Far From Home: The Selected Writings of Paul Bowles. Ecco, 1993
That sounds great; any of those three would be fascinating & worthwhile.
I can help a little with criminal law, and somewhat more with mental illness; but hopefully someone else can chime in on special education. I’ve tried to recommend books with a legal, criminological or sociological slant (otherwise the list of fiction would be as long as your arm); the books in the “mental illness” group become more personal & subjective going down the list.
- Previously: recommended psychology / psychiatry books
- Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish and Madness and Civilisation
- Robert Whitaker, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America
- Pete Earley, Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness: bipolar disorder & criminalization of the mentally ill.
- Ethan Watters, Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche
- Mary Beth Pfeiffer, Crazy in America: The Hidden Tragedy of Our Criminialized Mentally Ill.
- Mike Jay, “The Reality Show”: schizophrenia & psychosis [article].
- Eric Coates, Hearing Voices: A Memoir of Madness: schizophrenia.
- William Styron, Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness: depression.
- Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: bipolar disorder.
- Elyn R. Sacks, The Center Cannot Hold: schizophrenia. Saks writes extensively on mental illness & law: also Refusing Care, Jekyll On Trial, & TED talk.
- Marya Hornbacher, Wasted and Madness: anorexia, bulimia & bipolar disorder.
- Susan Sheehan, Is There No Place on Earth for Me: schizophrenia.
- Mac McClelland, “Schizophrenic. Killer. My Cousin.” [article]
- Fiction: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime & Punishment, Devils, The Brothers Karamazov; Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar; Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted
- John A. Farrell, Clarence Darrow: Attorney For The Damned
- Carol Tavris, Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): not strictly about law, but fascinating discussion of cognitive dissonance & false evidence.
- Jasper Kim, 24 Hours With 24 Lawyers: includes insight into criminal law.
- Steve Bogira, Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse: comprehensive, disturbing, riveting.
- William J. Stuntz, The Collapse of American Criminal Justice: the classic scholarly analysis of America’s incarceration problem. Gigantic but profound.
- Paul Butler, Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice: damning perspective on the racial and class biases of the US criminal justice system.
- Ted Conover, Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing: a journalist spends a year as a prison officer in a high security prison; it’s brave, unbiased, and horrifying.
- References, Criminal Law [wiki]; Theories of Criminal Law, Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy; Cornell’s Legal Information Institute.
- Janet Malcolm, Iphigenia in Forest Hills: Anatomy of Murder Trial
- Vincent Bugliosi, Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
- F. Lee Bailey, The Defense Never Rests: dated (1970s), but fascinating.
Well, when I was a kid I had this big book of world myths that my dad used to read to me (until I started demanding to read to him instead), which I loved—although there was some very carefully euphemistic language used to describe the rampant incest, rape, mutilation… (but not cannibalism: that was a-OK). I also had audio tapes of fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, which may have scarred me for life.
I’m no mythology expert; but I’ve loved browsing Sacred Texts, which is this vast internet archive of books on religion, mythology etc. The first book of comparative mythology I read was J.G. Frazer’s The Golden Bough, which is deeply flawed with many inaccuracies, and very Western-centric; but still worth reading. I enjoyed Joseph Campbell’s The Masks of God (4 vols., first volume Primitive Mythology) which leans heavily on Freud and Jung and some outdated anthropology, but is still a remarkable work. Stuff I found interesting but a bit dry: Leonard & McClure’s Myth and Knowing also deals with mythological archetypes; Propp’s Morphology of the Folk Tale is an analysis of Russian fairy tales. Also Hamilton’s Mythology for Greek and Roman myths; but if you’re into that stuff head to Ovid’s Metamorphoses (amazing), Homer, Virgil and the dramatists (Aeschylus
the love of my life, Sophocles, Euripides, etc.) — Greek mythology is my favourite.
Regarding Judeo-Christian mythology—obviously, the Bible. I’m partial to the King James (1611) because the language is beautiful. I also picked up a lot looking up references in Dante’s Divine Comedy and Shakespeare and C.S. Lewis. For Judaism specifically, Schwartz’s Tree of Souls and Lilith’s Cave, and Dennis’s Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism are wonderful. After reading Milton’s Paradise Lost (you must read this it’s astounding) I had a phase of fascination with Christian mythology, and read a weird mish-mash of texts like Forsyth’s The Old Enemy (Satan), Hastings’ The Oxford Companion to Christian Thought, Pagel’s Revelations and The Origin of Satan, Turner’s The History of Hell, Kramer’s Malleus Maleficarum (deals mostly with witchcraft) and King James I’s “Daemonologie" (back when it was normal for the King of England to write a book about demons). Cornell University has an electronic library of texts on witchcraft; and the Catholic Encylopaedia is excellent. Alternatively, a Google Scholar / JSTOR search usually turns up fascinating things.
oh god so many things
- The canon: Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Hannibal Rising.
- Mythology: Hesiod, Theogony; Ovid, Metamorphoses; the Bible [e.g. Genesis 3, Deut. 28, John 6, 1 Kings 14, Ecclesiastes 1, Book of Job, Revelation]; Satan [x]; the Devil in Christianity [x]; Catchism of the Catholic Church: The Fall [x]; John Milton, Paradise Lost; Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy: Inferno & La Vita Nuova; cannibalism [x], the wendigo [x x], Michael Kinnucan, “Incest, cannibalism, and the gods”.
- Philosophy & psychology: Marcus Aurelius, Meditations; Kurzban & Leary, “Evolutionary Origins of Stigmatization" [probable inspiration for Hannibal’s "social exclusion" paper]; Kristen Guest [ed.], Eating Their Words: Cannibalism and the Boundaries of Cultural Identity; Jennifer Brown, Cannibalism in Literature and Film;Alexandre Dumas, Grande Dictionnaire de Cuisine.
- Criminology: Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths; Robert D. Hare, Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us, Douglad & Olshake, Mind Hunter and Journey Into Darkness; J.C. Oleson, “The Criminological Theories of Hannibal Lecter” [one; two; three]; Bettina Gregory, “The honey in the lion’s mouth”; Holmes & Holmes, Contemporary Perspectives on Serial Murder.
- Serial killers: Hannibal Lecter; Ted Bundy, Ed Kempner, Eddie Gein; the Yorkshire Ripper, The Monster of Florence, Jeffrey Dahmer, Andrei Chikatilo, Albert Fish, Jason Ricketts, Dykes Askew Simmons, Dorangel Vargas.
- Literature: William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Europe a Prophecy & Songs of Innocence and Experience; Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; Bram Stoker, Dracula; Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov; Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood & A Good Man is Hard to Find; Truman Capote, In Cold Blood; Davis Grubb, The Night of the Hunter; Cormac McCarthy, No Country For Old Men, Child of God & Blood Meridian, Roberto Bolaño, 2666; William Faulkner, Sanctuary.
- Thomas Harris: Wikipedia; Jason Cowley, “Creator of a monstrous hit”; David Sexton, The Strange World of Thomas Harris [excerpt]
- Cultural criticism: Elvis Mitchell, “The cannibal who evolved into a stereotype”; Kim Newman, Review of Hannibal; Philip L. Simpson, Making Murder: The Fiction of Thomas Harris; Benjamin Szumskyj, Dissecting Hannibal Lecter; Michelle Leigh Gompf, ”The Erotic Pull of Hannibal Lecter”; Daniel Shaw, “The mastery of Hannibal Lecter”; Harriet Hawkins, “Maidens and monsters in pop culture”; Linda Mizejewski, “Stardom and serial fantasies”; Christina Gregoriou, Language, Ideology and Identity in Serial Killer Narratives; Steven Lloyd Wilson, “The abyss stares back”; Shana Mlawski, “The socioeconomics of Hannibal”.