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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Overview

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 genre—which was oftensubtler, more psychological, and more disturbing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643130118
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 465,855
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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

Acknowledgments 483

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