If you enjoy period ghost stories of that bygone England of country house parties, servants and hansom cabs, with foggy London nights and sinister goings-on in the churchyard, you’ll love this varied and entertaining collection of chillers from some of the greatest-ever mistresses of the macabre and supernatural.
The ghost and horror short story reached its zenith in Victorian and Edwardian Britain, and women authors of the day seemed particularly attracted to the genre. This brand-new anthology presents fifteen complete tales of spooks, horror and the occult, ranging in length from a few pages to almost a novella, and including some extremely rare and hard-to-find gems that richly deserve a new readership.
Many of the tales were first published in the popular periodicals of the age such as Charles Dickens’ ‘Household Words’. Each story is by a different lady author, and each is preceded by an introduction and biographical notes about these fascinating and talented women with their hyperactive imaginations and common desire to scare, shock, thrill and thoroughly rattle their readers.
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‘The Whispering Wall’ by Henrietta Everett
‘The Old Nurse’s Story’ by Elizabeth Gaskell
‘The Summoning of Arnold’ by Alice Perrin
‘The Open Door’ by Charlotte Riddell
‘Seen in the Moonlight’ by Ellen Wood
‘The Missing Model’ by Lettice Galbraith
‘The Dutch Officer’s Story’ by Catherine Crowe
‘Witnessed by Two’ by Mary Molesworth
‘The Picture on the Wall’ by Katharine Tynan
‘The Phantom Coach’ by Amelia Edwards
‘John Charrington’s Wedding’ by Edith Nesbit
‘The Shadow in the Corner’ by Mary Braddon
‘The Man with the Nose’ by Rhoda Broughton
‘How He Left the Hotel’ by Louisa Baldwin
‘The Haunted Organist of Hurly Burly’ by Rosa Mulholland
Total length: 86,000 words, equivalent to around 250 paperback pages.
Also check out these other great Kindle titles in the same series (search for “Fast Editions” using quotation marks):
‘Hauntings and Horrors’ – the collected ghost stories of E. F. Benson.
‘The Beast with Five Fingers’ – the collected weird tales of W. F. Harvey, Edwardian master of the psychological mystery.
‘The Gap in the Curtain’ – John Buchan’s fascinating borderline science fiction story of predestiny and free will.
'The Greatest Ghost Stories of M. R. James and His Circle (1871-1928)' - 24 haunting tales from the golden age of supernatural short fiction
‘The Open Door’ – collected ghost stories of Charlotte Riddell, Victorian mistress of the macabre.