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After a period of decline, Gothic literature underwent a revival at the end of the 1800s. As the century turned, women writers such as Vernon Lee, Mary Coleridge, and Graham R. Thomson left an indelible mark on fantasy and horror literature. Like Medusa herself, their poetry and short stories embody the very essence of magic and monstrosity. But be warned, dear reader: whe ...more
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Published March 31st 2020 by Lanternfish Press
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Dan Trefethen
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a very enlightening book. Edited by Dr. Theodora Goss, who has a doctorate in studies of women's genre fiction of the 19th century, this book showcases short fiction and poetry that present views of women that are alternative to the mainstream depictions. Genre fiction could portray women in ways that were frowned upon by most of society, and which would not be accepted by the publishers of that day.

Dr. Goss has an excellent introduction where she enumerates the ways that genre fiction
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Monica Robinson
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Funny enough, I actually found out about this book via Instagram, one of the meccas for keeping up-to-date with current literature should you curate your feed well enough. The title was what first drew me; I'm immediately entranced by any mere mention of a theme from mythology being used to suit the writer's own needs. If you've read my poetry, you might be nodding along in agreement right now. I am nothing if not obsessed with my interests. If not already for the interesting title, the cover wa ...more
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Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The myth of Medusa has always held a strong fascination for me, the way in which the Gorgo's curse has been transformed and reclaimed throughout the years from a punishment of the gods to feminist empowerment and protection from the patriarchy. In a similar manner, Medusa's Daughters explores the dichotomy and nuances of "monstrous women" through a series of poetry and short stories written by female authors from the late 19th and early 20th century. If you read enough of these types of compendi ...more
Ronald Koltnow
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An anthology of macabre stories and poems by women writers from the turn of the last century, running from the humorous to the disturbing. Goss, a professor of literature and folklore, introduces writers with whom we may not be familiar — Charlotte Mew, Mary Wilkins Freeman. Sone big name authors contribute too — Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, and Kate Chopin. The poems all have a eerie, haunting quality. There are traces of feminism running through the stories and some vivid imagery. Tremendous ...more
Lauryn
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I originally learned of this press because they published an edition of Carmilla introduced by Carmen Maria Machado, but when I was on their website I saw this beauty and knew I had to have it. I’m only just starting to fully appreciate Victorian/Gothic writing and this collection of short stories and poems taught me a lot about my taste. My only wish is that I was in a literature class that could dissect and contextualize all of these texts!!
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Theodora Goss was born in Hungary and spent her childhood in various European countries before her family moved to the United States, where she completed a PhD in English literature. She is the World Fantasy and Locus Award-winning author of the short story and poetry collections In the Forest of Forgetting (2006), Songs for Ophelia (2014), and Snow White Learns Witchcraft (2019), as well as novel ...more

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