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Night Shivers: The Ghost Stories of J.H. Riddell

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'Moving, his candle was instantly extinguished, and in the very moment of being left in the darkness he saw, standing in the doorway, a woman, resembling her who had haunted his dream overnight. He rushed with outstretched hands to seize her, but clutched only air.’
"Night Shivers "presents a treasure trove of the stories of Mrs J. H. Riddell, one of the greatest Victoria
Paperback, 449 pages
Published July 5th 2008 by Wordsworth Editions (first published January 1st 2007)
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Hugo Emanuel
Nov 05, 2014 Hugo Emanuel rated it it was ok
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Colecção de histórias de fantasmas tremendamente medíocre. Apesar dos contos e pequeno romance incluídos nesta edição não serem terrivelmente aborrecidos também estão longe de serem particularmente interessantes ou originais. As motivações e características das aparições e outras criaturas sobrenaturais que "assombram" as páginas deste livro são de tal modo "clichés" e previsíveis ao ponto de se misturarem umas com as outras na memória do leitor (ao consultar o índice da colecção tive dificuldad ...more
Riju Ganguly
Nov 11, 2011 Riju Ganguly rated it liked it
End-of 19th Century supernatural fiction in English literature in itself is rather enigmatic. As the imperial decay (although in a regal style) set in, society (and hence literature) tried as best as possible to acccomodate the radically different lifestyle into the coziness of the already-distant past. Hence we found glorification of scholastic initiatives in juxtaposition with darkness & macabre thoughts of past & present, best typified by the doyen of English Ghost Story: M.R. James, ...more
Brian Kenny
Apr 23, 2013 Brian Kenny rated it liked it
A book that brings about an understanding of the time, as regards to the themes of property and ownership, and how the landed gentry dealt with this. J.H. Riddell having witnessed her family lose their wealth t a young age, which obviously had a negative impact on her. The sentimentality that runs through her outlook of the past comes through these tales. The tales are well written, as regards to the style. Nevertheless, they are not scary at all, as a horror fan, used to the likes of Le Fanu, H ...more
May 05, 2013 Billi rated it liked it
I think this book was decent. Some of the stories were extremely intriguing while others were barely tolerable. I did find it interesting to read ghost stories from a different era and compare them to modern ghost stories.
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Charlotte Riddell aka Mrs J.H. Riddell was a one of the most popular and influential writers of the Victorian period. The author of 56 books, novels and short stories, she was also part owner and editor of the St. James's Magazine, one of the most prestigious literary magazines of the 1860s.

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