Thanks in part to stardustdarling, I am currently smitten by Sherlock Holmes. To those people who only know me for my pretty vintage icons and posts of beautiful women in 19th century haute couture, you may be a little surprised because, when it comes down to it, a lot of the Holmes stories are very dark. They involve murder, scandal and villainy of all kinds. Some stories are, as Holmes himself would say, grotesque. But I find that side of 19th century/early 20th century life equally as fascinating as the ballgowns and fripperies. That doesn't mean that I'd want to partake of them but I think, to truly understand and appreciate history, you have to understand all aspects. There's no point yearning for the past if you believe it to all have been so much better, so happy and peaceful. Because, let's face it, it wasn't.
I also have a slight obsession with the gothic novel and Conan Doyle's stories definitely are terribly gothic. And yummy!