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Penned at a time when the literature of the fantastic was at its peak, this chilling collection of eerie tales fuses the fantastic with the decadent, creating new artistic forms redolent with satanic imagery, morbid atmospheres, and obsessive notions of decay. Soaked in the intoxicating warmth and aromas of Italian pastoral idylls, these stories are also pervaded by eerie ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Peter Owen Publishers (first published September 1st 1987)
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Juli
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This collection of Gothic short stories was magnificent. Vernon Lee aka Violet Page is a wonderful and eerie writer. She has a knack for setting the scene. Her imagery is spot on. My favorite stories were 'A wedding Chest' and The Legend of Madame Krasinkas'. The former was heart-racing. The snippets of diary entries made for the perfect medium to tell the tale. My heart quickened as the story unfolded. I needed to know what was happening next. I loved the darkness of the events. I loved that th ...more
Steve Dewey
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A lot of fun. Very gothic and baroque, with dense descriptions, the stories feel both of their time and out of time. Her love of Italy and art shine through all the stories - she was also known for her writing about aesthetics and her travels through Europe, especially Italy, and it is her knowledge in these areas that provides the density, the colour, the richness.

Possibly the best of the stories for me were "A Wedding Chest" and "Amour Dure". The final story, "The Virgin of the Seven Daggers",
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Mel
I started reading some of these tales for Bibliogoth back in the summer, the four that were part of that collection were some of the best ghost tales I've read. Very atmospheric, well written and with very interesting women. It felt odd to be reading such great stories in the heat of summer so decided I'd wait till it got cold to finish the book. Unfortantely by the time I got around to finishing it I didn't care for the rest of the tales as much. This may have been partly because they didn't ha ...more
Cynthia Egbert
Not at all what I was hoping for, I only finished half of the tales. They were too drawn out and some had far too many characters for the length of the story/novella. I just did not appreciate these and they were not what I was longing for in a new Halloween read.
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Violet Paget, known by her pen name Vernon Lee, is remembered today primarily for her supernatural fiction and her work on aesthetics. An early follower of Walter Pater, she wrote over a dozen volumes of essays on art, music, and travel, poetry and contributed to The Yellow Book. An engaged feminist, she always dressed à la garçonne, and was a member of the Union of democratic control[1].

Her liter
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