A darkly luminous new anthology collecting the most terrifying horror stories by renowned femaleauthors, presenting anew these forgotten classics to the modern reader.
Readers are well aware that Mary Shelley wroteFrankenstein: few know how many other tales of terror she created. In addition toUncle Tom’s Cabin,Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote some surprisingly effective horror stories. The yearafterLittle Womenappeared, Louisa May Alcottpublished 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 darkdreams that will still keep you up at night.
More Deadly than the Maleincludesunexpected horror tales by Louisa May Alcott and Harriet BeecherStowe, and forgotten writers like Mary Cholmondely and Charlotte Riddell, whose work deserves a modern audience.Readers will be drawnin by the familiar names and intrigued by their rare stories.
InThe Beckside Boggle, Alice Rea brings acommon piece of English folklore to hair-raising life, while HeleneBlavatsky, best known as the founder of the spiritualist TheosophicalSociety, conjures up a solid and satisfying ghost story in The Cave of the Echoes. Edith Wharton’sgreat novelThe Age of Innocencewon her the Pulitzer prize, yetherhorror stories are known only to a comparative few.
Readers will discover lost and forgotten women who wrote horror every bit aseffectively as their male contemporaries. They will learn about their lives and careers, thechallenges they faced as women working in a male-dominated field, the way they overcame those challenges, and the way they approached the genrewhich was oftensubtler, more psychological, and more disturbing.
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About the Author
Graeme Davis has been fascinated by horror fiction since his teens, devouring late-night reruns of the classic Universal and Hammer movies on his parents’ black-and-white TV and stripping local thrift-stores of horror titles. He began writing for tabletop role-playing games in the early 1980s,
and among many other credits he helped develop Games Workshop’s blockbuster Warhammer dark-fantasy franchise and the
90s Gothic hit Vampire: The Masquerade,
as well as more than 40 electronic games. This is his second anthology for
Pegasus, following on from the 2017 collection Colonial Horrors. 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