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Women's Weird: Strange Stories by Women, 1890-1940

(Women's Weird: Strange Stories by Women #1)

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Early Weird fiction embraces the supernatural, horror, science fiction, fantasy and the Gothic, and was explored with enthusiasm by many women writers in the United Kingdom and in the USA. Melissa Edmundson has brought together a compelling collection of the best Weird short stories by women from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to thrill new readers and ...more
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Published October 31st 2019 by Handheld Press
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Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing

When I first saw an advertisement for this book, I was intrigued by the title and its theme. I was sold when I saw the names of the writers: Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Edith Nesbit; Edith Wharton; May Sinclair—especially May Sinclair, as I was intrigued by The Three Sisters and have been meaning to read more by her.

The Sinclair story, "There Their Fire Is Not Quenched," is likely my favorite. I wondered at first what it was doing in this collection until halfway through when it turns into a fa
Julia O'Connell
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Weird fiction is a subgenre of horror that today is generally associated with H. P. Lovecraft and the other writers in his literary circle. But Howard and his bros weren’t the only ones cleverly blending fantasy with supernatural horror and getting published in seminal pulp magazines like Weird Tales. During the time period from the tail-end of the Victorian era to the beginning of World War II, women were extremely active in pushing the boundaries of the traditional Gothic tale or ghost story t ...more
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader

**Handheld Press was kind enough to send me a copy after I expressed interest and I’ve given my honest review in exchange for my copy**

13 superb stories written by women, from a time they always didn’t get recognition, put together in a delightful book.

The stories are all unique and yet all have the same spooky/creepy vibe and this book is absolutely perfect for this time of year, but, also, just a perfect read in general.

These authors were in league with
Jed Mayer
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thoughtfully edited, and beautifully presented, this compelling collection falls short of its considerable potential by including rather too many of what can only be called traditional ghost stories, sidestepping any meaningful definition of the weird, even as it brings a number of interesting and largely forgotten writers to light. This is an important anthology to have attempted right now, but despite the introduction's claims regarding the tendency to dismiss women's ghost stories as reductiv ...more
Helen Culyer
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An extremely strange and brilliantly weird collection of 13 short stories, covering a diverse selection of subjects ranging from prehistoric man to haunted saucepans! Favourite stories were "The Twelve Apostles" which had a bit of a Cthulu vibe going on and "Kerfol" which was hard to read for an animal lover, but turned out all right in the end because of the doggie revenge!

Great book. Well worth a read.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this collection. As any short story collection featuring different authors, some are better than others. But overall these are enjoyable, with some proper gems.
Karen Mace
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was book 17 of my 20 Books of Summer 2020.

A superbly put together collection of the weird and wonderful from long ago! Some of the stories made you completely forget how old they actually were and had such a charming way of chilling and freaking you out as you read through the 13 short stories.

As with many short story collections, some had more impact on me as a reader than others, but I really loved the mix of styles and different approaches to 'weird'! There's the unexplained, the ghost s
Amy Sturgis
What a masterful collection of weird stories by women, each very different from the others. Melissa Edmundson has certainly achieved her goal of enriching and expanding our understanding of the history of weird fiction. Highly recommended! I have already pre-ordered Women's Weird 2.

My longer review of this anthology is now available in my "Looking Back at Genre History" segment on the StarShipSofa podcast. You can listen here:
Nicolas Lontel
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Une fantastique lecture pour bien débuter l'année! Treize histoire de Weird Tale (la meilleur approximation du genre serait entre l'étrange et le fantastique) de femmes dont beaucoup je ne connaissais pas l'existence. Je n'ai pas été nécessairement interpellé par toutes, mais certaines, dont Kerfol (d'Edith Wharton) qui doit être ma préférée parmi toute, était vraiment très accrochantes.

J'ai été surpris aussi des qualités sociales et de la dénonciation de la condition des femmes dans certains. P
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