A Creepy-Cute Vintage Illustration Of A Vampire Bat

From the British Library archives comes this delightful plate from naturalist J. Leyland's "Adventures in the far interior of South Africa; including a journey to Lake Ngami, and rambles in Honduras," circa 1866. » 2/22/15 9:45am 2/22/15 9:45am

The Magna Carta marks its 800th anniversary, and the four surviving O.G. copies are currently being displayed together for the first time at London's British Library. "The birth certificate of democracy" contains the groundbreaking declaration that no one (including the king) is above the law. » 2/02/15 2:20pm 2/02/15 2:20pm

British Library Fights To Preserve Historic Recordings Archive

As part of its vast collection of literary and historic treasures (the Magna Carta, Leonardo da Vinci's notebook), the British Library owns some six million sound recordings, including significant theater productions, famous voices (like J.R.R. Tolkien's), and field recordings of extinct animals. Some of them… » 1/13/15 2:20pm 1/13/15 2:20pm

The British Library Unveils a New Show Devoted to Gothic Literature

Two hundred rare objects will trace 250 years of Gothic literature, in the British Library's forthcoming exhibition, Terror and Wonder. Dave McKean has designed this image to promote the event, inspired by Frankenstein, Dracula and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. » 8/21/14 4:40pm 8/21/14 4:40pm

This Is What Comic Books Looked Like in the Middle Ages

Curators at the British Library have compiled a list of the manuscripts in their collection which they believe are among the best examples of Ye Olde Comick Bookes, rife with superheroes, supervillains, origin stories, drama and, of course, blood and gore. » 5/13/14 2:30pm 5/13/14 2:30pm

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Adventure Diary

The British Library is producing a facsimile copy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's diary from his days as a ship's doctor in the arctic sea. The Sherlock Holmes creator spent most of a year on the whaler Hope, while still a medical student. It sounds like his time aboard involved lots of falling into icy water and patching… » 8/10/12 3:17pm 8/10/12 3:17pm

The Brontës invented imaginary realms, and created some of the first…

The Brontë sisters are best known as the authors of literary gothic tales like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, but in their childhood, they worked with their brother to invent the made-up realm of the Glass Town Federation. » 5/11/11 12:50pm 5/11/11 12:50pm