The Wimbourne Book of Victorian Ghost Stories

The Wimbourne Book of Victorian Ghost Stories

by Alastair GunnWilkie Collins Mary Elizabeth Braddon and others

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 02/06/2018

  $1.82

Twenty ghost stories from the supernatural masters of the Victorian age. Wimbourne Books presents the ninth in a series of rare or out-of-print ghost stories from Victorian authors. With an introduction by author Alastair Gunn, Volume 9 in the series contains stories published between 1841 and 1899, by British and American authors, including many not previously anthologized. Readers new to this genre will discover its pleasures; the Victorian quaintness, the sometimes shocking difference in social norms, the almost comical politeness and structured etiquette, the archaic and precise language, but mostly the Victorians’ skill at stoking our fears and trepidations, our insecurities and doubts. Even if you are already an aficionado of the ghostly tale there is much within these pages to interest you. Wait until the dark of the snowy night, lock the doors, shutter the windows, light the fire, sit with your back to the wall and bury yourself in the Victorian macabre. Try not to let the creaking floorboards, the distant howl of a dog, the chill breeze that caresses the candle, the shadows in the far recesses of your room, disturb your concentration.


Includes the stories; Ghost Gossips at Blakesley House (1841) – William Mudford; George Child’s Second Love (1843) – John Yonge Akerman; The Old House in Chancery (1851) – Mary Ann Bird; The Poor Clare (1856) – Elizabeth Gaskell; The Dutch Officer’s Story (1859) – Catherine Crowe; The Haunted House (1859) – Emerson Bennett; The Four-fifteen Express (1867) – Amelia B. Edwards; The Romance of Certain Old Clothes (1868) – Henry James; The Drummer Ghost (1869) – John William De Forest; The Haunted Enghenio (1872) – John Gladwyn Jebb; Her Last Appearance (1876) – Mary Elizabeth Braddon; The Hand on the Latch (1881) – William Wilthew Fenn; The White Woman of Slaith (1881) – Isabella Banks; On Board the “Eagle” (1882) – G. L. Worrall; Mrs. Zant and the Ghost (1885) – Wilkie Collins; The Upper Berth (1886) – F. Marion Crawford; “The Case of Lady Lukestan.” (1893) – Lettice Galbraith; Lost Hearts (1895) – M. R. James; The Crimson Portrait (1896) – Wilhelmina FitzClarence; The Spectre of Ruislip Abbey (1899) – J. E. P. Muddock.

ISBN:
1230002353029
1230002353029
Category:
Horror & ghost stories
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
02-06-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Wimbourne Books
Wilkie Collins

William Wilkie Collins was born in London in 1824, the son of a successful and popular painter. On leaving school, he worked in the office of a tea merchant in the Strand before reading law as a student at Lincoln's Inn. However his real passion was for writing and, in 1850, he published his first novel, Antonina.

In 1851, the same year that he was called to the bar, he met and established a lifelong friendship with Charles Dickens. While Collins' fame rests on his best known works, The Woman in White and The Moonstone, he wrote over thirty books, as well as numerous short stories, articles and plays. He was a hugely popular writer in his lifetime. An unconventional individual, he never married but established long-term liaisons with two separate partners. He died in 1889.

M. R. James

Montague Rhodes James was born on 1 August 1862 near Bury St Edmunds, though he spent long periods of his later life in Suffolk, which provided the setting for many of his ghost stories. He studied at Eton and Kings College, Cambridge, where he was eventually elected Fellow, and then made Provost in 1905. In 1918 he became Provost of Eton.

He was a renowed medievalist and biblical scholar, and published works on palaeography, antiquarianism, bibliography and history, guides to Suffolk and Norfolk, as well as editing a collection of ghost stories by Sheridan Le Fanu.

However, he remains best known for his own ghost stories, which were published in several collections including Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904), A Thin Ghost and Other Stories (1919), A Warning to the Curious (1925) and a collected edition in 1931. M. R. James never married and died on 12 June 1936.

Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell was born in London in 1810. Her mother, Eliza, the niece of the potter Josiah Wedgwood, died when she was a child. Much of her childhood was spent in Knutsford, Cheshire, a town she would later immortalize as Cranford.

In 1832 she married a Unitarian minister, William Gaskell, and they settled in Manchester. The industrial surroundings offered her inspiration for her writings and it was here that she wrote both Cranford (1853) and North and South (1855), as well as the first biography of Charlotte Brontë.

Her last novel, Wives and Daughters, said by many to be her most mature work, remained unfinished at the time of her death in 1865.

Henry James

Henry James was born in New York in 1843 and was educated in Europe and America. He left Harvard Law School in 1863, after a year's attendance, to concentrate on writing, and from 1869 he began to make prolonged visits to Europe, eventually settling in England in 1876.

His literary output was prodigious and of the highest quality: more than ten outstanding novels, including The Portrait of a Lady and The American; countless novellas and short stories; as well as innumerable essays, letters, and other pieces of critical prose. Known by contemporary fellow novelists as 'the Master', James died in Kensington, London, in 1916.

This item is delivered digitally

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review The Wimbourne Book of Victorian Ghost Stories.

You can find this item in: