Louisa May Alcott was well aware that, while sweet tales of gentlemen eating their hearts out over the tomboyish girl next door or young brides fretting because their jelly won't set are fine now and then, readers cannot live on sweetness alone: they must have mummies and murders and the occasional bit of hashish to liven things up a bit.
Ms. Alcott wrote a handful of these "blood and thunder" tales and they fit right in nicely with the two newly released Little Women mash-ups, Porter Grand's Little Women and Werewolves and Lynn Messina's Little Vampire Women.
So well, in fact, it's sometimes tough to tell them apart. See if you can identify which of these delightful little quotes came from the demure Ms. Alcott or one of these vampire/werewolf imposters.
1) "Nothing human ever wore a look like that of the ghastly, hollow-eyed pale-lipped countenance below the hood. All saw it and held their breath as it slowly raised a shadowy arm.”
2) "Restless mind and lawless will, now imprisoned in a helpless body, preyed on each other like wild creatures caged, finding it impossible to escape, and as impossible to submit.”
3) "She advanced upon one of the women and thrust her to the ground, where she ripped off the bodice of her dress and one of her breasts with one efficient bite. The other woman screamed, and the men stood in a shocked stupor.”
4) "[She] knew nothing till, with a stifled cry, her lover started, swayed backward form her arms, and dyeing her garments with his blood, fell at her feet, stabbed through the heart.”
5) "She...tasted his fear, a salty thing with a desperate edge, and heard a sob. Someone was crying, either the man or the woman, and pleading for mercy.
6) "With a ferocious slam of the door, she was off, a predator in the night hunting for justice, for even if the victims she found were innocent of the crimes committed against her, they were still guilty of something.
7) "For an hour she sat so, sometimes lifting the glass to her lips as if the fiery draught warmed her cold blood; and once she half uncovered her breast to eye with a terrible glance the scar of a newly healed wound. At last she rose and crept to bed, like one worn out with weariness and mental pain.”
8) "The gazes of hunter and prey were locked, and Mr. Davis could not look away from the gleaming golden eyes.
9) "My one hope died then, and I resolved to kill myself rather than endure this life another month; for now it grew clear to me that they believed me mad, and death of the body was far more preferable than that of the mind.”
10) "Oh, what am I doing? I am mad, for I, too, have taken hasheesh.”
Here are the answers:
1) Ms. Alcott, "The Abbot's Ghost
2) Ms. Alcott, "A Modern Mephistopheles"
3) Little Women and Werewolves
4) Ms. Alcott, "V.V."
5) Little Vampire Women
6) Little Vampire Women
7) Ms. Alcott, "Behind a Mask"
8) Little Women and Werewolves
9) Ms. Alcott, "A Whisper in the Dark"
10) Ms. Alcott, "Perilous Play"
This nifty little throwdown game was part of a discussion between Porter Grand, Lynn Messina, and John Matteson, author of Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and her Father. Take a gander at the trio, here:
Bloodthirsty for more monster mash-ups? Cast your eye on Here be Monsters.