The Darker Sex: Tales of the Supernatural and Macabre by Victorian Women Writers
Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Charlotte Riddell. Mary E. Louisa Baldwin. Violet Quirk. Ghosts, precognition, suicide, and the afterlife are all themes in these thrilling stories by Britain and America's greatest Victorian women, proving their 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.
Editor Mike Ashley provides valuable insight into the authors' lives. Each story still has the ability to shock, frighten, and show how Victorian women perfected and developed the Gothic genre. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Darker Sex , please sign up. Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 11, Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it Shelves: horror , ghostly-tales , supernatural-tales , obscure-women-writers. All but two stories in this book were new to me, and for the most part, they're great examples of women writers at the top of their game.
More shortly. Feb 16, Michael rated it liked it Shelves: horror-macabre. 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 Luella Miller by Mary Wilkins Freeman, a story of evil that is totally unaware of and unconcerned with the devastation it causes. The Shadow in the Corner by Mary E.
Braddon is a more "conventional" ghost story, but the most chilling and poignant of the collection. Elizabeth Gaskell's The Old Nurse's Story is the most engaging in terms of the narrative voice and, again, very effective. The worst of the bunch, and the most cloyingly self-indulgent and mawkish piece of prose I have had the misfortune of enduring, is the final tale, The Presence by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps. These final 10 pages lost the book a star from my rating!
Why the editor included it with the other excellent stories he chose baffles me. The omission by the book's editor of the publications and dates when the stories first appeared is odd and something that could easily have been included. All-in-all, a well-worth-reading, if slightly flawed, collection. May 12, Broodingferret rated it liked it Shelves: classics , fantasy , horror-thriller.
Most of the stories in this book are well done, a few are so-so, and none are bad, so overall quite enjoyable, though it did take me a little while to get into the groove as regards the Victorian style s of the works. Definitely recommend it.
Aug 20, Olean Public Library rated it really liked it. A few were conventional ghost stories; all were well written and entertaining. Aug 12, Jenny Addison rated it it was amazing. Excellent collection of dark stories written by female authors. Worth re-reading a few times. Jan 03, MJ rated it liked it Shelves: atyin52books. This book was rated four stars until I got to the last story The Presence.
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I don't know what the editor was thinking to add that at the end! The Presence is the internal monologue of a woman while the rest of the collection contains narrated stories. It doesn't fit; I had trouble reading it. Otherwise, a good collection of stories that were well written and mildly ghostly. Sep 12, Kiki von Cougar rated it liked it Shelves: horror-and-macabre.
Ok, ok: Rebecca's review swayed me into upgrading my rating from two to three stars. I was frustrated by some of the editor's choices, but many of the stories are were memorable enough to hold the collection together. I particularly enjoyed Mary Wilkins Freeman's "Luella Miller" for its witchy premise and its narrator's distinctive voice, which made me feel included in the intimate act of spinning a spooky yarn over the kitchen table.
Others were ruined for me by the editor's decision to clump st Ok, ok: Rebecca's review swayed me into upgrading my rating from two to three stars. Others were ruined for me by the editor's decision to clump stories with similar plots back-to-back someone moves into a new home, only to slowly find out the home is The item The Darker Sex : Tales of the Supernatural and Macabre by Victorian Women Writers, electronic resource represents a specific, individual, material embodiment of a distinct intellectual or artistic creation found in Manchester City Library.
This item is available to borrow from all library branches. Contributor cloudLibrary. Summary Ghosts, precognition, suicide, and the afterlife are all themes in these thrilling stories by Britain and America's greatest Victorian women, proving their talent for creating dark, sensational, and horrifying tales of the supernatural.
Editor Mike Ashley provides valuable insight into the authors' lives. Each story still has the ability to shock, frighten, and show how Victorian women perfected and developed the Gothic genre. Language eng. Publication S. Extent 1 online resource p.
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