Late Victorian Gothic Tales

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Roger Luckhurst
Oxford University Press, UK, Jun 9, 2005 - Fiction - 282 pages
4 Reviews
This anthology collects together some of the most famous examples of the Gothic tale in the 1890s, with stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, Vernon Lee, Henry James and Arthur Machen, as well as some lesser known yet superbly chilling tales from the era. The introduction explores the many reasons for the Gothic revival, and how it spoke to the anxieties of the moment. - ;'He was a man of fairly firm fibre, but there was something in this sudden, uncontrollable shriek of horror which chilled his blood and pringled in his skin. Coming in such a place and at such an hour, it brought a thousand fantastic possibilities into his head...' The Victorian fin de si--egrave--;cle: the era of Decadence, The Yellow Book, the New Woman, the scandalous Oscar Wilde, the Empire on which the sun never set. This heady brew was caught nowhere better than in the revival of the Gothic tale in the late Victorian age, where the undead walked and evil curses, foul murder, doomed inheritance and sexual menace played on the stretched nerves of the new mass readerships. This anthology collects together some of the most famous examples of the Gothic tale in the 1890s, with stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, Vernon Lee, Henry James and Arthur Machen, as well as some lesser known yet superbly chilling tales from the era. The introduction explores the many reasons for the Gothic revival, and how it spoke to the anxieties of the moment. - ;The characters in Roger Luckhurst's excellent selection are variously assailed by mummies, bewitched by revived pagan goddesses, and doomed to inexorable decline by the misdeeds of their ancestors. - Times Literary Supplement

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User Review  - Eric Orchard - Goodreads

The introduction has some of the best, most concise descriptions and explanations of Gothic writing that I've ever read. Some examples: "....genre is less a set of fixed narratives and images and more ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ragnarok - Goodreads

A somewhat irregular collection of short stories from the last decade of the nineteenth century. The standouts, all of which possess a bizarre and horrifying Lovecraftian flavor, are “Pallinghurst ... Read full review

About the author (2005)


Roger Luckhurst is Senior Lecturer in English at Birkbeck College.

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