More Deadly than the Male: Masterpieces from the Queens of Horror

Yours always
by Graeme Davis | Horror |
ISBN: 9781643130118 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 5/3/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, May 03, 2020
I got this handsome hardcover from an online seller. It's a collection of horror stories by women, written between 1830 and 1908, and including some classic tales as well as some that aren't that well-known. Among my favorites:

"Lost in a Pyramid: or The Mummy's Curse" by Louisa May Alcott - yep, that Louisa! Seems she wrote a number of delightfully lurid tales in her youth - and based her character Jo on herself to a large degree. This one has some nicely creepy bits, and is great fun.

"At Crighton Abbey" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, a classic English-country-house ghost story about a family curse and the resulting tragedy.

"The Hidden Door" by Vernon Lee is great fun - it takes the concept of the ancient family secret passed down to the heir as the father lies dying, and puts it in the hands of a very nervous and overly curious houseguest - who thinks he's accidentally released the family plague and nearly drives himself mad over it. There's a darkly comical note to this one that I quite liked. (I'm sure I've read other works by Vernon Lee, aka Violet Paget.)

"Let Loose" by Mary Cholmondely has the protagonist suffering a horrible attack from a ghostly hand after being a wee bit careless with the crypt keys...

"The Cave of the Echoes" is a nicely atmospheric tale of ghostly retribution for a heinous crime - and it's written by noted spiritualist Helena Blavatsky.

"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, probably the best-known piece in this collection, but well worth re-reading for its notes of domestic abuse under cover of overly-tender concern, and of the terrors of dawning madness.

"The Mass for the Dead" by Edith Nesbit - a twisty little tale of romantic rivalry and of fate, with an unexpectedly wry outcome.

Edith Wharton's "The Duchess at Prayer", one of the more grisly of Wharton's creepy stories - she more typically goes for a quiet, slow-building dread, as in "Afterward", but here - while she isn't explicit as to details - the story of a jealous husband and his delicately vicious revenge on his wife and her lover is quite brutal.

And there's much more!

Released 1 mo ago (5/31/2020 UTC) at Little Free Library, New Searles Rd in Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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