Gothic Short Stories by David Blair David Stuart Davies Robert Louis Stevenson Charlotte Perkins Gilman Ambrose Bierce M.R. James Ralph Adams Cram S. Carleton Online

Gothic Short Stories
Title : Gothic Short Stories
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Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 244

Alternate cover edition (ISBN13 - 9781840224252)Late in the eighteenth century authors began to write ‘Gothic’ stories as a way of putting literature back in touch with the irrational, the supernatural and the bizarre, which had been neglected in the ‘Age of Reason’.This superb new collection brings together stories from the earliest decades of Gothic writing with later 19Alternate cover edition (ISBN13 - 9781840224252)Late in the eighteenth century authors began to write ‘Gothic’ stories as a way of putting literature back in touch with the irrational, the supernatural and the bizarre, which had been neglected in the ‘Age of Reason’.This superb new collection brings together stories from the earliest decades of Gothic writing with later 19th and early 20th century tales from the period in which Gothic diversified into the familiar forms of the ghost- and-horror-story. Work by writers such as Poe, Dickens, Hawthorne, Gaskell and M. R. James appears alongside that of anonymous writers from the start of the period and many lesser-known authors from Britain and America. Some of these stories, like the haunting ‘The Lame Priest’ are ‘lost masterpieces’ and several have never been anthologised before. Together they cover the spectrum of Gothic story-telling – tales of madness and violence, of shape-shifters and spectres, that express some of the deepest fears of the human mind – insanity, sexuality, death and the often terrible power of the past to catch up with the present.In a lively, authoritative introduction David Blair provides fresh insights and a detailed commentary on the stories’ place in the complex traditions of Gothic writing in British and American literature.


Gothic Short Stories Reviews

  • Rubi

    Well, I was expecting other kind of book. I am sorry, I did nit enjoy this too much. Not scary at all by the way.

  • Craig

    Poe was awful! awful!!Charlotte Perkins Gilman, on the other hand, was awesome. the yellow wallpaper creeped (excuse the pun) me out the most out of any of the stories, and it isn't definitely a ghost storybrose bierce was pretty good too, as was r.l.s. who's story was extremely well-written though a bit dull. unless you take the interpretation that gray's body reappeared at the end as a ghostly apparition as opposed to the notion that his corpse had been sown back together after being dissected [...]

  • TOM

    Have rated the majority of stories separately as usual. Found this collection at the weekend in Oxfam. I haven't seen it previously. I had read several of the stories before, those by M.R. James, Sheridan LeFanu and Elizabeth Gaskell, but many were completely new to me.I would recommend this as a great collection to dip into for fans of the genre, new and old. There is a wide ranging selection across the centuries, and many authors to explore further. The book has a very comprehensive introducto [...]

  • P.S. Winn

    Masterpieces of horror from the late 19th century and into the early twentieth are showcased in this collection.

  • Tim Pendry

    Wordsworth Classics are generally very good value. This is no exception - a collection of twenty gothic short stories from the second half of the eighteenth century through to the Edwardian era.What is interesting about the collection is that David Blair has usefully compared and contrasted the English and American approaches with an eye to illustrating his fine introduction.He also introduces us to American by-ways that I had not known before - alongside Poe, Gilman and Bierce are three tales b [...]

  • Diana

    I am currently reading 'The Thirteenth Tale' and only now believe in love at first sight. On page 42 Setterfield names seven literary texts, only one of which I am not familiar with: 'The Spectre Bride.' Naturally, I immediately searched it on , only to find that no such title was listed. Nor was any information to be found on . I finally resorted to , and this anthology was the answer to my question: 'The Spectre Bride' (apparently by an anonymous author) is among its contents. The literary mys [...]

  • Kirsty

    Personally I didn't really enjoy this book. I had recently read a book of 'thriller' short stories and was hoping to be as enthralled by this book as I was by that one. Unfortunately this was not the case. The book has stories from the 1700's up to the early 1900's. There were a couple of good stories, but the majority just didn't keep my interest at all. I found that the stories were better towards the end of the book, and the final story 'The Room in the Tower' was a great finish, however over [...]

  • Sarah ♥ Vutch forever ♥

    I read the first few stories but they were boring so I quit.

  • Tonk82

    Este recopilatorio de relatos góticos, realizado por David Blair para la (barata) editorial inglesa Wordsworth, me ha parecido sensacional. No tiene edición equivalente en Español y alguna de sus historias jamas se ha traducido a nuestro idioma, me temo.Es importante puntualizar lo que este libro contiene. Se trata de historias góticas que van desde los comienzos del género, hasta 1912. Parte de ellas (sobre todo las primeras) ni siquiera contienen elementos sobrenaturales. Si alguien busca [...]

  • Elīna Zviedre

    Overall, i really enjoyed these spooky stories. Some were ridiculous, some chilled to the bone.I liked the stories in whom there was a place for mystery and uneasiness. Unlike in some who were just psychotic and the characters acted crazy or had hallucinations. That is a mental condition not a ghost story to tell at night. Most of these featured and old creepy house or a damned object which was intriguing and compelling.

  • Joana Shino

    I hate the feeling of quitting on a book half-way, but it's hard to keep your interest in a book when most of the stories were not finished either.None of them were particularly exciting or unexpected.I might pick it up again to finish the last few short stories, but it won't happen anytime soon.

  • Elina Tola (Bookeliina)

    Some of the stories were amazing and some not so. Just what is needed for dark and dreary october nights.

  • Belle Wood

    The recent film Crimson Peak makes me ask: is the gothic genre even relevant anymore? Early gothic stories seem to be predicated on one concept alone--that young women are foolish and will follow their hearts off the edge of a cliff. It's not a view that sits well in a feminist (or almost feminist, or feminist-leaning) society. Certainly, the early stories in this book (starting from 1773) back that up: women scream, faint and fall in love right on cue, while all around them ghosts, bandits and [...]

  • Christopher

    Readers who pick up this anthology looking exclusively for horror and ghosts may come away disappointed, as the focus of this volume is on the "gothic" story, and while there are ghosts and other horrors, there are also castles and bandits and stormy landscapes, madmen and vengeful priests and Faust-like wanderers (particularly in the early tales).This being said, there are some good spooky tales in the mix. Elizabeth Gaskell's "The Old Nurse's Story" and E.F. Benson's "The Room in the Tower" ar [...]

  • Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his)

    The selection of stories in this book were decent. Luckily, I had never read any of them, so that was a treat for me. Some stories I didn't understand why they were considered gothic; they usually fell flat at the end or came to a resolution that made no sense with the story. The authors included I did know -- Charles Dickensand Edgar Allan Poefor example -- fell flat. I have one large praise and it is composed of one story: The Yellow Wallpaper. It was fantastic. The author had an air to the sl [...]

  • Clint

    I can't believe I didn't like this book more than I did. Old-school gothic horror in theory really gets my rocks off. But, my god, maybe I've gotten old and gothic lit isn't really gothic anymore, or even good. There were a couple of standout stories, the best one being by a pretty much anonymous writer, about a werewolf, oh, and "The Yellow Wallpaper," which isn't that gothic, but excellent. And of course Poe, M.R. James, and R.L. Stevenson kicked ass, but most people into cool literature of th [...]

  • Lena

    This is a collection of different gothic stories from England and America. The ones I really liked were the following:The parricide's tale by Chrales Robert Maturin Strange event in the life of Schalken the Painter by J.S.Le Fanu (A kind of vampire story)The body- snather by Robert Luis Stevenson (My favorite)The yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Stenson (maybe the creepiest one)No. 252 Rue M.le Prince by Ralph Adams Cram (a kind of witch story)The lame Priest by S.Carleton (a werewolf story [...]

  • Yvonne Williams

    I am conflicted on this book. I think the important thing to remember for anyone wanting to read it, is, to remember that gothic does not equal ghost or terror. There were some really good stories and some not so. But the good thing about short stories - they are short. So if you don't like it, it will be over shortly and there will be another. I would say do not give up if you do not like the first couple - there are some gems in this collection.

  • Tomi

    Very interesting compilation of short stories. The language can be very tricky and impossible to understand in some of the stories, like Poe or Dickens because of the era stories have been writen. Language has truly changed under centuries/decades past! Some of the stories are still enjoyable and rather easy to read, but on the contrary, some are nearly unreadable for non-native English speakers because of the Olden English word forms, poetic allusions etc.

  • Crash

    An interesting collection of old gothic stories - it really showed the roots of a lot of modern literature, particularly horror. The stories themselves were fairly hit and miss - obviously, many of them now seem cliched. I think my favourite was 'The Yellow Wallpaper' - a whole horror story based around some innocent (or perhaps not so innocent?) wallpaper? It shows a lot about social attitudes at the time, and maps a woman's descent into madness.

  • Rina

    Most of the stories in here were very good. They were all written in the 18th and 19th centuries, so the stories had a different kind of horror than we are used to now (in a good way). There were a few stories that didn't interest me at all (and some I just didn't get), but overall the majority of the stories were great.

  • Danielroffle

    These Wordsworth anthologies always tend towards compiling the same half dozen or so 19th century tales (how many times do we need to reread that godamn Wilkie Collins story about the incredibly strange bed?); this edition though has some added value via an insightful introduction by David Blair and through including some 18th century material, much of which is pretty violent and depraved.

  • Carmen

    3.5 stars. Excellent collection including Poe, Hawthorne, Le Fanu, Dickens, Bierce, Stevenson, Scott, and many others. My favorite was The Lame Priest by S. Carleton.fabulous setting and perfect creepiness. And I can't forget The Yellow Wallpaper is present as well. Gotta love Gothic.

  • Silvana

    Surprisingly, this book is quote spooky. There are some stories that's not your generic horror stories with great nerve-racking ending. With stories from a number of renowned writers such as Dickens, Hawthorne and Poe, this book can be one alternative reading if you're a fan of horror novels.

  • Emily

    Spook, delightful Victorian story telling. A lovely bedtime read.

  • Linda Rollins

    Read some of the stories, but not all. Some better than others, but all ideal for a dark and rainy night.

  • Lamprini

    πολυ καλες ιστοριες!!!!