More deadly than the male : masterpieces from the queens of horror
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A darkly luminous new anthology collecting the most terrifying horror stories by renowned female authors, presenting anew these forgotten classics to the modern reader. Readers are well aware that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein: few know how many other tales of terror she created. In addition to Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote some surprisingly effective horror stories. The year after Little Women appeared, Louisa May Alcott published one of the first mummy tales. These ladies weren't alone. From the earliest days of Gothic and horror fiction, women were exploring the frontiers of fear, dreaming dark dreams that will still keep you up at night. More Deadly than the Male includes unexpected horror tales by Louisa May Alcott and Harriet Beecher Stowe, and forgotten writers like Mary Cholmondely and Charlotte Riddell, whose work deserves a modern audience. Readers will be drawn in by the familiar names and intrigued by their rare stories. In The Beckside Boggle, Alice Rea brings a common piece of English folklore to hair-raising life, while Helene Blavatsky, best known as the founder of the spiritualist Theosophical Society, conjures up a solid and satisfying ghost story in The Cave of the Echoes. Edith Wharton's great novel The Age of Innocence won her the Pulitzer prize, yet her horror stories are known only to a comparative few. Readers will discover lost and forgotten women who wrote horror every bit as effectively as their male contemporaries. They will learn about their lives and careers, the challenges they faced as women working in a male-dominated field, the way they overcame those challenges, and the way they approached the genre-which was often subtler, more psychological, and more disturbing.-- Book jacket.

Item Details
American fiction -- Women authors.
English fiction -- Women authors.
Horror tales, American.
Horror tales, English.
Short stories, American.
Short stories, English.
Horror fiction.
Short stories.
Other Authors:
Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. Lost in a pyramid, or, The mummy's curse.
Braddon, M. E. (Mary Elizabeth), 1835-1915. At Chrighton Abbey.
Davis, Graeme, editor.
Edwards, Amelia B., 1831-1892. Engineer's story.
Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn, 1810-1865. Morton Hall.
Hall, S. C., Mrs., 1800-1881. Dark lady.
Linton, E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn), 1822-1898. Fate of Madame Cabanel.
Phelps, Elizabeth Stuart, 1844-1911. Kentucky's ghost.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851. Transformation.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896. Tom Toothacre's ghost story.
Trevanion, Ada. Ghost story.
First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
xi, 483 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction / Graeme Davis
The transformation / Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The dark lady / Mrs. S.C. Hall
Morton Hall / Elizabeth Gaskell
A ghost story / Ada Trevanion
An engineer's story / Amelia B. Edwards
Lost in a pyramid, or the mummy's curse / Louisa May Alcott
Tom Toothacre's ghost story / Harriet Beecher Stowe
Kentucky's ghost / Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
At Chrighton Abbey / Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The fate of Madam Cabanel / Liza Lynn Linton
Forewarned, forearmed / Mrs. J.H. Riddell
The portrait / Margaret Oliphant
The shrine of death / Lady Dilke
The Beckside boggle / Alice Rea
The hidden door / Vernon Lee
Unexplained / Mary Louisa Molesworth
Let loose / Mary Cholmondely
The cave of the echoes / Helena Blavatsky
The yellow wall paper / Charlott Perkins Gilman
The mass for the dead / Edith Nexbit
The Tyburn ghost / The Countess of Munster
The duchess at prayer / Edith Wharton
The vacant lot / Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman
An unscientific story / Louis J. Strong
A dissatisfied soul / Annie Trumbull Slosson
The readjustment / May Austin
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