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VINE VOICEon 16 July 2006
I bought this in conjunction with Fred Botting's Gothic and have found this to be an excellent pair of books to supplement my knowledge and understanding of late Victorian Gothic literature. The range of tales on offer extends from well established names such as Oscar Wilde and Henry James through to rather more obscure figures like Grant Allen and B.M. Croker.

The collection is edited by Roger Luckhurst who provides an excellent introduction, and it is on the basis of this that I award this book 5 stars. His essay will be required reading for my students, and the select bibliography is thorough and up-to-date.

Above all, though, these stories provide entertaining and at times chilling reading, while at others the reader cannot help but laugh out loud at what seem to modern eyes hopelessly sentimental and over-the-top evocations of gothic terror.

All in all, this is well worth buying, whether you intend to study the period in depth, or want a range of engaging and effective stories.
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on 22 February 2016
good study to begin your journey into Gothic literature. Mr Luckhurst is an expert on issues related to the literature
Highly recommended
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on 8 April 2015
Bought as a gift, they loved it. Very quirky book but perfect for anyone whose a fan of the darker Victorian times
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on 19 January 2011
As I said this is a chocolate box of gothic tales, some are good (think Oscar Wilde's "Lord Arthur Saville's Crimes") and some not so good (think Rudyard Kipling). But I would recommend this book to anyone who has a like of Victorian Horror Stories.
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on 6 February 2014
This is a fantastic book. A true classic page turner you cannot go wrong purchasing this book. I am a very happy customer
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on 20 February 2015
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on 29 January 2010
This would have been a marvelous addition any collection of Gothic were it not for the abysmal introductory essay which is needlessly convoluted, inaccessible, uninformative, and doges key issues. As such, my recommendation must be that any buyer looking for a collection of Gothic short stories should instead purchase The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales (Oxford Books of Prose & Verse), edited with an introduction by Chris Baldick, who is actually an absolute authority on Gothic literature, unlike the editor of this collection.
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