The Darker Sex: Tales of the Supernatural and Macabre by Victorian Women Writers

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Mike Ashley
Peter Owen, 2009 - Fiction - 245 pages
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LITERARY STUDIES: 19TH CENTURY. Ghosts, precognition, suicide and the afterlife are all themes in these thrilling stories by Britain and America's greatest Victorian women. Horace Walpole may have started the Gothic Fiction movement but it was three women who popularised it Clara Reeve, Mary Shelley and Anne Radcliffe. Victorian women proved they had a talent for creating dark, sensational and horrifying tales of the supernatural. This anthology showcases some of the best and most representative work by female writers during this period. Including Emily Bronte , Mary Braddon, George Eliot and Edith Nesbit, as well as Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Riddell, Louisa Baldwin, Mary Penn, Violet Quirk and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps. Editor Mike Ashley provides valuable insight into the authors' live and context of each story stories that still have the ability to shock and frighten and show how Victorian women perfected and developed the Gothic genre.

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User Review  - Michael.Rimmer - LibraryThing

An interesting, if somewhat mixed, collection of stories. Most of them are atmospheric and engaging; one is the most dreadful piece of writing I have ever forced myself to read! My favourite was ... Read full review


Mary E Braddon The Shadow in the Corner
Charlotte Riddell Nut Bush Farm

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Mike Ashley is a British bibliographer, author, and editor of science fiction, mystery, and fantasy. He is the editor of the Mammoth Book series of short-story anthologies. He won the Edgar Award for The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction.

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