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The Virago Book of Ghost Stories by Richard Dalby
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Jul 12, 12

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A sprawling cross section of ghost stories written by women across the last two centuries. This is an interesting editorial project, and would be useful for anyone tracing the through-lines of supernatural fiction over time. Because of the breadth, the quality tends to vary pretty widely--some of the early stories fall into genre patterns so predictable my 21st century mind could only imagine a melodramatic organ chord by the end. That said, there were enough highlights to make this a worthwhile collection to pick up.

Edith Wharton, Angela Carter, Charlotte Bronte, A.S. Byatt, and Antonia Fraser appear here alongside a number of women writers who have faded to relative obscurity (one of the reasons I picked this up to begin with is that I really admire Virago's mission to rediscover some of these lost gems). Will definitely seek out more from Margery Lawrence and Richmal Crompton.

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