Acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro joined Twitter last week, and while his presence has been sporadic, he's using the platform for very constructive purposes.
Del Toro clearly has no interest in tweeting what he had for breakfast, so he's started sharing the work of artists who inspired him. The first was a gothic novel called Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, which is thankfully old enough to be available for free on the digital archive Project Gutenberg.
As a Victorian horror story about a young woman living in a huge, spooky mansion, it's an ideal choice to read in the weeks leading up to Crimson Peak, del Toro's upcoming supernatural thriller.He then went on to recommend other examples of classic gothic literature, both featuring female protagonists dealing with drama from beyond the grave. Next, he shared one of his visual inspirations, artist Rose O'Neill. Fans of Pan's Labyrinth will immediately recognize how O'Neill's work influenced del Toro's monster aesthetic. Del Toro began his career as a special-effects artist and continues putting a lot of his own energy into his films' costumes, sets and visual design. He fills notebooks with detailed sketches and notes for what he wants everything to look like. Now that he's on Twitter, we're excited to see what else he's willing to share about his personal tastes and creative process—beginning, apparently, with a list of underrated "obscure, maligned or forgotten" movies. Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)