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A Night on the Moor & Other Tales of Dread

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Robert Murray Gilchrist (1868-1917) is perhaps best known for his interest in topography, and for his stories set in Derbyshire's Peak District. But he was also a master of mystery and horror, as this richly varied collection shows. If you are looking for a conventional horror story, in which the supernatural element is paramount, try 'The Crimson Weaver', 'Dame Inowslad', ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 10th 2006 by Wordsworth Editions
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Randolph
Above average collection of Victorian era spook stories that for once isn't a pastiche of James or Le Fanu. The stories, especially the later ones, tend towards the Decadent and the supernatural does not always appear.

The one fault is a tendency towards romance sameness so best taken in smaller doses. Still, worth seeking out.
Teresa Edgerton
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
A NIGHT ON THE MOOR AND OTHER TALES OF DREAD, by R. Murray Gilchrist

One might call them love stories, except that the emotions of the characters — so frequently fierce and unhealthy — provide much of the horror. Often Gilchrist dwells on the psychology of his characters more than on the actual events, which can take place with devastating suddenness once they begin. Here we find love as a type of emotional enslavement, love that brings pain, jealousy that destroys, and a common theme that runs t
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Graham
Aug 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
It's not often I find a book unreadable, but this anthology of Victorian/Edwardian-era ghost stories is exactly that. I bought it on good faith as part of Wordsworth's excellent 'Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural', which has previously offered a fantastic collection of long-forgotten works.

From the outset it quickly becomes apparent that there's no 'horror' here. Instead, these are whimsical romances and tragedies, often uninvolving fine, upstanding bachelors falling foul of wicked women,
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Jim
Sep 20, 2008 rated it did not like it
This would be a welcome book if it did not duplicate the exact contents of Ash-Tree Press's collection of Gilchrist's work, and it is extremely unlikely that this could have been a coincidence since 1) some of these stories had to be located by poring over rare periodicals from which they had not hitherto been reprinted, and b) the contents page follows the exact order of the Ash-Tree Press edition, including an appendix containing the exact excerpt from Gilchrist's work in dialect.

Matthew
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gilchrist's stories are a unique fusion of Decadent aestheticism with the classic late Victorian/Edwardian supernatural short story.

The majority of this Wordsworth edition is culled from Gilchrist's first short story collection "The Stone Dragon and Other Tragic Romances" from 1894. Admittedly, similar themes and ideas are repeated. But I found myself still interested and enjoying each of Gilchrist's new 'takes' on femmes fatales or doomed love affairs. "The Lover's Ordeal" is a very cool and h
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Beluosus
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Ghost stories bought in Whitby. It is in the Wordsworth series that is cheap and easy to find, but we’d never seen this volume in London. Mel read it at bedtime and told me I absolutely needed to read it as it was wonderful and exactly the sort of thing I like. Mel was, of course, correct. Gilchrist is one of the best authors I discovered this year (2007).

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from Witch In-Grain:

"Of late Michal had been much engrossed in the reading of the black-letter books that Philosopher Bale brought from Fra
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Mel
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I found this lovely collection of short stories in a cheap wordsworth edition while we were at Whitby. I have to say it was probably the best collection of short stories I've read since Dunsany. While a collection of ghost and supernatural tales I wouldn't really call them horror stories, though they did have some horrific elements. There was lots of romance and tragedy. They reminded me a little of adult fairy tales except that they were written in the Late Victorian/Edwardian era. But I would ...more
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I took this book with me to Dartmoor when I went there a few years ago and read it in my hotel at bedtime
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Robert Murray Gilchrist was born in Sheffield, England in 1867. He never married and throughout his life lived mostly in remote places, including the North Derbyshire village of Holmesfield and a remote part of the Peak District.

He began his writing career in 1890 with a novel, Passion the Plaything, and would go on to publish a total of 22 novels, six story collections, four regional interest bo
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