A screenshot from the 2014 movie 'Vyi' based on Gogol's storykinopoisk.ru
Despite the title, Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls has nothing to do with the horror genre, but his other story, Vyi, is one of Russia's first true horror stories. This is the tale of a priest who has to hold a funeral service for a young girl. This funeral would have been routine, except that the dead girl suddenly wakes up as a witch and calls on her devilish friends and ghouls to form a coven. Vyi is the name of their leader, who is the most frightening and ugly. From the not so widely known, and not so often screened works, there are several other Gogol horror stories including May Night, orThe Drowned Maiden and A Terrible Vengeance. But these are probably too scary to read.
As a young man, Aleksey Tolstoy wrote another novella, The Family of the Vourdalak, which is about a family in a Serbian village that becomes the living dead.
Andreev is one of the most outstanding Russian writers, one who is not afraid of any topic and reference (even to tell the story of Judas from the other point of view). So, his horror is not connected with evil forces, but with human madness, which is maybe even scarier than the simple, “boo,” and the living dead. The Red Laugh is about a man absolutely exhausted by war, crossing the desert with his regiment. He starts
Russia’s “Queen of Horror,” and Russia’s Stephen King, Anna Starobinets writes stories that will make your hair stand on end. The Awkward Age is the story of a mother who finds her teenage son’s diary that recounts how a queen
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