The Darker Sex: Tales of the Supernatural and Macabre by Victorian Women Writers

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Ghosts, precognition, suicide, and the afterlife are all themes in these thrilling stories by Britain and America's greatest Victorian women, proving their talent for creating dark, sensational, and horrifying tales of the supernatural. This anthology showcases some of the best and most representative work by female writers during this period, including Emily Bronte, Mary Braddon, George Eliot, and Edith Nesbit, as well as Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Riddell, Louisa Baldwin, Mary Penn, Violet Quirk, and ...

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Overview

Ghosts, precognition, suicide, and the afterlife are all themes in these thrilling stories by Britain and America's greatest Victorian women, proving their talent for creating dark, sensational, and horrifying tales of the supernatural. This anthology showcases some of the best and most representative work by female writers during this period, including Emily Bronte, Mary Braddon, George Eliot, and Edith Nesbit, as well as Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Riddell, Louisa Baldwin, Mary Penn, Violet Quirk, and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps. Editor Mike Ashley provides valuable insight into the authors' lives. Each story still has the ability to shock, frighten, and show how Victorian women perfected and developed the Gothic genre.

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"Ashley does his usual fine job . . . sure to appeal to fans of both Victorian fiction and ghost stories."  —Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780720613353
  • Publisher: Owen, Peter Limited
  • Publication date: 1/20/2010
  • Pages: 253
  • Sales rank: 1,434,654
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Ashley is a British bibliographer, author, and editor of science fiction, mystery, and fantasy. He is the editor of the Mammoth Book series of short-story anthologies. He won the Edgar Award for The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction.

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Table of Contents

The palace of death Emily Bronte Bronte, Emily 11

The old nurse's story Elizabeth Gaskell Gaskell, Elizabeth 15

The shadow in the corner Mary E. Braddon Braddon, Mary E. 39

Nut Bush Farm Charlotte Riddell Riddell, Charlotte 62

The tenant of the cedars Mary E. Penn Penn, Mary E. 104

Sir Nigel Otterburne's case Louisa Baldwin Baldwin, Louisa 128

Luella Miller Mary Wilkins Freeman Freeman, Mary Wilkins 145

The three kisses Violet Quirk Quirk, Violet 161

The third drug Edith Nesbit Nesbit, Edith 167

The lifted veil George Eliot Eliot, George 188

The presence Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Phelps, Elizabeth Stuart 234

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