The Lair of the White Worm & The Lady of the Shroud (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural) Paperback – 5 Feb 2010
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About the Author
Abraham (Bram) Stoker was an Irish writer, best known for his Gothic classic Dracula, which continues to influence horror writers and fans more than 100 years after it was first published. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, in science, mathematics, oratory, history, and composition, Stoker' s writing was greatly influenced by his father' s interest in theatre and his mother' s gruesome stories about her childhood during the cholera epidemic in 1832. Although a published author of the novels Dracula, The Lady of the Shroud, and The Lair of the White Worm, and his work as part of the literary staff of The London Daily Telegraph, Stoker made his living as the personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and the business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London. Stoker died in 1912, leaving behind one of the most memorable horror characters ever created.
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The Lair of the White Worm
This tale takes place in 1860's England, and if you have seen Ken Russell's film then you should try to forget it whilst reading this tale. I believe that after Dracula this was his next most popular novel, and indeed I have read it a few times.
After being contacted by his grand-uncle, Richard Salton, Adam Salton comes from Australia to meet him and they strike up an instant friendship, also he does with Richard's friend Sir Nathaniel (who in some ways is similar to Van Helsing). Whilst he is in England he comes in contact with Edgar Caswall, who has come to claim his inheritance. Also he meets Lady Arabella, the slinkily dressed lady of fortune. Adam falls in love and so do Sir Nathaniel, but Lady Arabella has her eye on Edgar, after all he has a title and is rich.
There is something not quite right about Lady Arabella and as the story continues you find out who or what she really is. Edgar Caswall also seems to be going mad. There are a lot of legends in the area, especially about a mysterious Worm. Some people point to the legend of the Worm of Lambton for the inspiration for this, and indeed that legend is mentioned in the tale, but also there are a few such legends throughout the country.Read more ›
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Conversely, Wordsworth takes pride in presenting the original uncut version of The Lady of the Shroud within this volume. Running at more than twice the length of the other story, this one is a rather odd concoction of legal drama (the first fifty or so pages concern the reading of a will), Gothic romance, and a fight in a fictional Balkan state against what are possibly Turks. Wordsworth claims, in the introduction, that many previous editions of this novel have omitted the last part, but it's here presented in all its glory. In some ways I found this story to be a more entertaining read than Dracula, with which it shares the similarity of their both being epistolary novels; for those who don't know that means the bulk of the novel consists of entries from the characters' journals and diaries, as well as a few newspaper reports. This is one of the oddest books I've ever read, owing to its mixture of styles, but it's still a cracking good read.
Now, if only Wordsworth would publish some of Stoker's even more obscure novels I wouldn't have to scour used bookstores or eBay to read them...