The Wimbourne Book of Victorian Ghost Stories

The Wimbourne Book of Victorian Ghost Stories

by Dinah Maria CraikMargaret Oliphant Gertrude Atherton and others

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 22/04/2020


Twenty ghostly tales from the supernatural masters of the Victorian age. Wimbourne Books presents the first in a series of rare or out-of-print ghost stories from Victorian authors. With an introduction by author Alastair Gunn, Volume 1 in the series spans the years 1852 to 1901 and includes stories from a wide range of female authors; English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and American. Includes tales by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Charlotte Riddell, Isabella Banks and Vernon Lee. 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 stormy night arrives, 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; The Old Nurse’s Story (1852) – Elizabeth Gaskell; The Last House in C- Street (1856) – Dinah Maria Craik; My Friend’s Story (1859) – Catherine Ann Crowe; The Cold Embrace (1860) – Mary Elizabeth Braddon; How The Third Floor Knew The Potteries (1863) – Amelia B. Edwards; Wraith-Haunted (1869) – Isabella Banks; The Ghost in the Cap’n Brown House (1870) – Harriet Beecher Stowe; The Man With the Nose (1873) – Rhoda Broughton; Seen In The Moonlight (1875) – Ellen Wood; The Secret Chamber (1876) – Margaret Oliphant; The Open Door (1882) – Charlotte Riddell; In The Dark (1885) – Mary E. Penn; The Story of the Rippling Train (1888) – Mary Louisa Molesworth; A Wicked Voice (1890) – Vernon Lee; The Haunted Organist of Hurly Burly (1891) – Rosa Mulholland; The Trainer’s Ghost (1893) – Lettice Galbraith; How He Left The Hotel (1894) – Louisa Baldwin; The Picture On The Wall (1895) – Katharine Tynan; The Woodley Lane Ghost (1899) – Madeleine Vinton Dahlgren; The Ghost of the Belle-Alliance Plantation (1901) – Lilian Giffen.

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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.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, in 1811, the seventh child of a well-known Congregational minister, Lyman Beecher. The family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where she met and married Calvin Stowe, a professor of theology, in 1836.

Living just across the Ohio River from the slave-holding state of Kentucky, and becoming aware of the plight of escaping slaves, led her to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin, published in book form in 1842. She wrote the novel amidst the difficulties of bringing up a large family of six children.

The runaway success of Uncle Tom’s Cabin made its author a well-known publish figure. Stowe died in 1896.

Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835-1915) has been called the 'Queen of Sensation' for her exceedingly popular sensational novels, including Lady Audley's Secret.

She also wrote plays; contributed essays, short stories and poems to Punch and The World; and edited two literary magazines, Temple Bar and Belgravia.

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