• Sometimes he spent hours together in the great libraries of Paris, those catacombs of departed authors, rummaging among their hoards of dusty and obsolete works in quest of food for his unhealthy appetite. He was, in a manner, a literary ghoul, feeding in the charnel-house of decayed literature.

    Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sir Walter Scott, Wilhelm Hauff (2011). “The Best Ghost Stories 1800-1849: A Classic Ghost Anthology”, p.16, Bottletree Books LLC