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Watercolor sketch by James Pringle Barclay, from sketchbook in ZSR Special Collections & Archives

Just in time for Halloween, Special Collections has gone Goth! A new exhibit, Deep Into That Darkness Peering: Gothic Literature from the ZSR Rare Books Collection, opened this week in the Special Collections & Archives Reading Room (ZSR room 625).

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Tales of Terror (1808), from ZSR Special Collections & Archives

Many items from ZSR’s collection of 18th and 19th century gothic literature are on view, including first editions of The Castle of Otranto, Mysteries of Udolpho, Wieland, Frankenstein, Northanger Abbey, The Raven and Other Poems, Dracula, and others.

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First edition of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886), from ZSR Special Collections & Archives

On Wednesday, October 26, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Special Collections & Archives will host an opening reception with readings from the works of Edgar Allan Poe.  All are welcome to view the exhibit, share Halloween-themed snacks, and listen to Wake Forest faculty, students, and alumni read Poe’s stories and poems.

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First edition of The Raven and Other Poems, from ZSR Special Collections & Archives

Deep Into That Darkness Peering will be on exhibit in Special Collections & Archives through January 31, 2017. Open hours are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, and evening or weekend hours by appointment. We welcome classes and group visits; please contact for more information.