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A Whisper in the Dark

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  171 ratings  ·  15 reviews
I yearned to go, and when I willed the way so on appeared; so careless of bonnetless head and cambric gown, I stretched my hands to him, saying boldly, "Play young Lochinvar, Guy; I am little and light; take me up before you and show me the sea.."He liked the daring feat, held out his hand, I stepped on his boot toe, sprang up, and away we went over the wide moor, where th ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1996)
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Valentin Mihov
I yearned to go, and when I willed the way so on appeared; so careless of bonnetless head and cambric gown, I stretched my hands to him, saying boldly, "Play young Lochinvar, Guy; I am little and light; take me up before you and show me the sea.".He liked the daring feat, held out his hand, I stepped on his boot toe, sprang up, and away we went over the wide moor, where the sun shone in a cloudless heaven, the lark soared singing from the green grass at our feet, and the September wind b
Feels exactly like we're peaking inside Jo's portfolio of "blood and thunder" stories...the ones she's always submitting to magazines. Love.
This was initially a hard book to get through as I did not enjoy the first story - A Modern Mephistopheles - at all. It was dark and confusing. Some other stories that I did enjoy however were "Ariel: A Legend of the Lighthouse" which had a Hunchback of Notre Dame flavor to it, slightly. And I also enjoyed the intriguing mystery in "V.V. or Plots and Counterplots". That one kept me guessing the whole time as to how the mystery will get unraveled. Most of the stories were dark and melodramatic, m ...more
Kathy Ahn
I had no idea Louisa May Alcott was so prolific and could write such dark little pieces. All I know of her is _Little Women_ of course, which I read an eternity ago and loved. The stories here are sometimes mystery, and almost always a touch gothic romance, but all full of well rendered characters and spellbinding plots. Alcott has the ability to express deep psychic turmoil with the smallest of gestures: a lowered glance, a motion of the hand ability, and this is a great & diverse collectio ...more
So different from her Little Women series of books that I love and yet not, as this collection of short gothic stories still retains her lyrical style. I found it so amusing that she, like Jo March, wrote stories that she wasn't so fond of so as to pay the bills (if only because of the way she treats the subject in Little Women, etc).
Jan 06, 2009 Christina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Louisa May Alcott's writing and anyone who likes sensational stories.
Recommended to Christina by: I found this book on a shelf at a second hand store.
So far, I'm really enjoying this! The first story in this book is called A Modern Mephistopheles. Louisa May Alcott does an amazing job of making people hate the main character, Jasper Helwyze, but also feel sorry for him. In her descriptions, she paints wondrous pictures in my head. The characters really come to life. The end of this story made me cry. Although it had a depressing ending, I really liked the story.
The next short story in this book is called Marion Earle. (or, Only An Actress!.)
Hether Belusky
V.V. and A Whisper in the Dark were my favorite short stories.
It's not difficult to discern the hallmarks of Alcott's style when reading these stories--these tales are Louisa May through and through. Her favorite phraseology appears over and over, along with a few dozen of her favorite heroines: impossibly lovely young things, blessed with grace, virtue, and charity, all proving the extent of their angelic moral nature under the most trying of circumstances. It's hard for me not to laugh out loud sometimes, but I read the stories anyway because I have a te ...more
I was introduced to this by my cousin who has passed down many of the books that I end up loving. I did not know about this other side of Louisa May Alcott and I love it! I liked Little Women but other than that the other books seemed to be a retelling of the same sappy, unrealistic story. This book however had a deeper, probing meaning to it. Even though it's true that her heroines were too dramatic and too beautiful, I enjoyed it because it was another side of Alcott.
LM Alcott's most famous for writing Little Women, but what she really wanted to writer were gothic thrillers. This volume has some of her best, but even those are not very good. For the serious Alcott lover only, or the one who delights in cheese. Or the one who needs to know that sometimes what you love to do is what you're worst at, and that it cuts the same way for other people, too.
This is a collection of many of Allcott's more dark stories. I was surprised by the detail and complexity. This is definitly a book I read a story at a time along with other books mixed in so that I had a break. While some of the stories were disturbing, I found that I enjoyed her writing style and complexity much more. This is definitly something to read during the month of October.
1) A Modern Mephistopholes
2) Marion Earle; or, Only an Actress!
3) La Jeune; or, Actress and Woman
4) A Pair of Eyes; or, Modern Magic
5) The Abbot's Ghost; or, Maurice Treherne's Temptation
6) Perilous Play
7) Love and Self-Love
8) Ariel: A Legend of the Lighthouse
9) A Whisper in the Dark
10) V.V.; or, Plots and Counterplots
11) Enigmas
12) A Laugh and a Look
Lucky Bug
I always had a hard time reading Little Women but found all her dark short stories in this collection to be a fun read so long as they aren't taken seriously. This book is definitely in my "just for fun" category.
A Whisper in the Dark is not the usual Alcott. There are touches of the gothic in this novel and it holds your attention until the final happy ending.
Nov 06, 2013 Alison added it
Note: This was more than just this story, but an anthology of Alcott's gothic short stories.
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As A. M. Barnard:
Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power (1866)
The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (1867)
A Long Fatal Love Chase (1866 – first published 1995)
First published anonymously:
A Modern Mephistopheles (1877)

Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher/ t
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