There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness…

Federico Castillon
The Mask of the Red Death, 1968, 1975.39
Artwork © The Estate Federico Castellon; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

The “Red Death” had long devastated the country. No pestilence had been ever so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal — the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body and especially upon the face of the victim, were the pest — ban which shut him out from the aid and from the sympathy of his fellow-men. And the whole seizure, progress and termination of the disease, were incidents of half an hour.


Upcoming Big Read Events:

March 12th – Hunting for Poe: A Treasure Hunt

Sullivan Public Library, 1:00 p.m.
Clues, linked to the Big Read title, will lead participants to local businesses and non-profits within walking distance of the Library. Books-A-Million gift certificate prizes.

March 17th – Poe’s Women

Vigo County Public Library, 12:10-12:50 p.m.
Join local history columnist Dorothy Jerse and ISU Professor Mandy Reid for a local and literary look at women during the Victorian era.


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