Twelve Gothic Tales
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Twelve Gothic Tales

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In this anthology we see a dozen examples of Gothic literature, spanning over 150 years from Mary Shelley and Charles Maturin, through to an unexpected master of the macabre, Gerald Durrell. All feature sinister settings of castles and ancient houses, with the protagonists haunted by the tyranny of the past, and physically or spiritually incarcerated by their circumstances...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published February 4th 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Tim Pendry
A representative collection of twelve Gothic stories that are generally not seen elsewhere and are all to a reasonably high standard. Not a bad starting point if you want to get a 'feel' for the Gothic horror tale.

All have something to recommend them and there are no absolute duds but special praise for the last item - a genuinely disturbing story by Gerald Durrell, usually associated with benign memoires of animals.
Tara Calaby
This is a collection of Gothic short stories dating from 1825 right through to 1979.

I particularly enjoyed "Dickon the Devil", by J. Sheridan Le Fanu – a traditional kind of ghost story – and "By One, By Two, and By Three", by Stephen Hall – a well-told tale about the price paid for witchcraft. In contrast, I was less impressed by "The Knocker at the Portico", by Basil Copper and "The Dream" by Mary Shelley.
Excellent, creepy anthology with a variety of authors who are not in every story anthology. Great read.
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