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

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

by Graeme Davis


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A darkly luminous new anthology collecting the most terrifying horror stories by renowned female authors, presenting anew these forgotten classics to the modern reader.

Readers are well aware that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein: few know how many other tales of terror she created. In addition to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote some surprisingly effective horror stories. The year after Little Women appeared, Louisa May Alcott published one of the first mummy tales. These ladies weren’t alone. From the earliest days of Gothic and horror fiction, women were exploring the frontiers of fear, dreaming dark dreams that will still keep you up at night.

More Deadly than the Male includes unexpected horror tales by Louisa May Alcott and Harriet Beecher Stowe, and forgotten writers like Mary Cholmondely and Charlotte Riddell, whose work deserves a modern audience. Readers will be drawn in by the familiar names and intrigued by their rare stories.

In The Beckside Boggle, Alice Rea brings a common piece of English folklore to hair-raising life, while Helene Blavatsky, best known as the founder of the spiritualist Theosophical Society, conjures up a solid and satisfying ghost story in The Cave of the Echoes. Edith Wharton’s great novel The Age of Innocence won her the Pulitzer prize, yet her horror stories are known only to a comparative few.

Readers will discover lost and forgotten women who wrote horror every bit as effectively as their male contemporaries. They will learn about their lives and careers, the challenges they faced as women working in a male-dominated field, the way they overcame those challenges, and the way they approached the genre—which was often subtler, more psychological, and more disturbing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643130118
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Graeme Davis began writing for tabletop role-playing games in the early 1980s and went on to work for almost all of the major publishers in that industry as a writer and editor. Among many other credits, he helped develop Games Workshop’s blockbuster Warhammer dark-fantasy franchise and the 90s Gothic hit Vampire: The Masquerade. Davis moved into the video games industry in the early 1990s and has created more than forty titles as a writer and game designer. His recent work includes the top-grossing 2012 mobile game Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North and two hit games based on Peter Jackson’s movie version of The Hobbit. From 2009 to 2015, Davis was line editor for Colonial Gothic, Rogue Games’ conspiracy-horror game set in early America. He worked on eleven titles which earned 4- and 5-star reviews on and elsewhere. This is his first book. He lives in Lafayette, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Introduction Graeme Davis ix

The Transformation Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley 1

The Dark Lady Mrs. S. C. Hall 19

Morton Hall Elizabeth Gaskell 31

A Ghost Story Ada Trevanion 69

An Engineer's Story Amelia B. Edwards 81

Lost in a Pyramid, or the Mummy's Curse Louisa May Alcott 101

Tom Toothacre's Ghost Story Harriet Beecher Stowe 113

Kentucky's Ghost Elizabeth Stuart Phelps 121

At Chrighton Abbey Mary Elizabeth Braddon 139

The Fate of Madame Cabanel Eliza Lynn Linton 171

Forewarned, Forearmed Mrs. J. H. Riddell 187

The Portrait Margaret Oliphant 205

The Shrine of Death Lady Dilke 243

The Beckside Boggle Alice Rea 249

The Hidden Door Vernon Lee 265

Unexplained Mary Louisa Molesworth 291

Let Loose Mary Cholmondely 339

The Cave of the Echoes Helena Blavatsky 357

The Yellow Wall Paper Charlotte Perkins Gilman 369

The Mass for the Dead Edith Nesbit 387

The Tyburn Ghost by The Countess of Munster 397

The Duchess at Prayer Edith Wharton 405

The Vacant Lot Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman 427

An Unscientific Story Louise J. Strong 443

A Dissatisfied Soul Annie Trumbull Slosson 457

The Readjustment Mary Austin 475

Acknowledgments 483

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