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Ghosts of Geneva: The Black Stone [Kindle Edition]

Kate Hoyland
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It was the most famous gathering in English literary history. In May, 1816, Lord Byron and Percy Shelley rented neighbouring house on the shores of Lake Geneva.

One rainy day, Byron came up with an idea - and one that was to change the course of literature. “We will each write a ghost story,” he declared.

His companions – the dazzling poet Shelley and his 18-year old mistress Mary, the handsome, neurotic doctor Polidori, and Byron himself – on the run from England after an incestuous affair – all took up the challenge.

Over the course of that wet summer by the shores of Lake Geneva, the novel Frankenstein – conceived by Mary Shelley after a nightmare – was born; while Byron began one of the first Vampire stories ever written.

But what happened to the original tales that brilliant group of companions told one other during the gloomy Swiss evenings?

In the 'Ghosts of Geneva' series Kate Hoyland reconstructs the tales they told, and the complex, interwoven lives of that extraordinary summer.

In the last of the 'Ghosts of Geneva' stories, The Black Stone, the poet Shelley tells of a haunted childhood. A young Squire attempts to evict a family of poor weavers from his land - but a strange encounter with the family's beautiful daughter sets him on the road to guilt, fear and obsession.

Ghosts of Geneva is the last in a brilliant series of novellas certain to appeal to fans of classic English literature, devotees of Victorian historical fiction, and followers of historical novelists such as Sarah Waters.

Kate Hoyland is the author of the gripping novel, 'The Icarus Diaries'. For many years she was a producer for the BBC World Service, specialising in Asian and International news. She now lives in London with her young son.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 179 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (3 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AWDBA5E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine story 8 Jan 2013
Kate Hoyland has written another fine, literary ghost story as part of her Ghost of Geneva series. Again the voice of Mary Shelley binds things together and provides a historical angle to the literature of the ghost story (this one being told by Percy Shelley). The Black Stone is suitably dark and mysterious (not all questions are resolved). I'd say that Shelley - and the story - are not quite as engaging as Byron in the previous book of Byron's Demon but this is still a superior novella. Ideal for a bedtime reading on a cold, winter's night.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written Gothic tale. 20 Feb 2013
The Black Stone is the last book in Hoyland's series "Ghosts of Geneva" and completes the narrative wonderfully. This dark, gothic tale is beautifully written and will completely command your attention as you work your way through the book. Hoyland captures the creepy setting perfectly and I really felt like I was there in the house by Lake Geneva, where the ghost-story is set. This last book completes the Ghosts of Geneva series, which work excellently together, but which also each stand alone as very well-written, captivating books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for fans of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 20 Feb 2013
I'm a big fan Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and so was intrigued by "Ghosts of Geneva". The series tells the infamous story of Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Byron's stay by Lake Geneva where they challenged one another to come up with ghost stories, one of which become `Frankenstein'. Hoyland was clearly inspired by Mary Shelley's gothic writing style, building her own dark tale out of the writing process which went on by the lake. I was completely engrossed by the narrative - reading the whole book in one sitting. I started with "The Black Stone", which is actually the last book in her series so I will definitely carry on with the earlier ones too. I would highly recommended for all Mary Shelley fans out there!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 July 2014
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Beautifully imagined, perfectly penned.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written Gothic tale. 20 Feb 2013
By BookLover - Published on Amazon.com
The Black Stone is the last book in Hoyland's series "Ghosts of Geneva" and completes the narrative wonderfully. This dark, gothic tale is beautifully written and will completely command your attention as you work your way through the book. Hoyland captures the creepy setting perfectly and I really felt like I was there in the house by Lake Geneva, where the ghost-story is set. This last book completes the Ghosts of Geneva series, which work excellently together, but which also each stand alone as very well-written, captivating books.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for fans of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 20 Feb 2013
By Charlotte Eriksson - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a big fan Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and so was intrigued by "Ghosts of Geneva". The series tells the infamous story of Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Byron's stay by Lake Geneva where they challenged one another to come up with ghost stories, one of which become `Frankenstein'. Hoyland was clearly inspired by Mary Shelley's gothic writing style, building her own dark tale out of the writing process which went on by the lake. I was completely engrossed by the narrative - reading the whole book in one sitting. I started with "The Black Stone", which is actually the last book in her series so I will definitely carry on with the earlier ones too. I would highly recommended for all Mary Shelley fans out there!
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine story 8 Jan 2013
By Steph - Published on Amazon.com
Kate Hoyland has written another fine, literary ghost story as part of her Ghost of Geneva series. Again the voice of Mary Shelley binds things together and provides a historical angle to the literature of the ghost story (this one being told by Percy Shelley). The Black Stone is suitably dark and mysterious (not all questions are resolved). I'd say that Shelley - and the story - are not quite as engaging as Byron in the previous book of Byron's Demon but this is still a superior novella. Ideal for a bedtime reading on a cold, winter's night.
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