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More deadly than the male : masterpieces from the queens of horror


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.

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  • 9781643130118
  • 1643130110

Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition.

Description: 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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