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Be prepared to enter a unique and unsettling world in this new collection of dark fantasies from the unparalleled imagination of Vernon Lee. These are tales of lonely souls possessed by recurring tragedies of the past, holy sanctuaries disrupted by unruly pagan forces and aspiring youths enthralled and consumed by the undying art of their ancestors.

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Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by British Library Publishing
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I reviewed this for Sublime Horror. Read the full review here: A Phantom Lover: and other Dark Tales by Vernon Lee review – a writer ahead of her time

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'A Phantom Lover' has been one of my favourite ghost stories for a long time, but somehow I'd never read anything else by Lee. This newly published collection seemed like a good opportunity to put that right. I'd started reading Hauntings before and found it hard to get into, but that didn't happen with Dark Tales – perhaps because editor Mi
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Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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4,5 stars. My review of the novella A Phantom Lover (1886): https://theblankgarden.com/2020/09/17... ...more
Jorn Hubo
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vernon Lee's ghost stories are not subversive or innovative as such, and yet they might be some of the best in the genre.

Lee's approach is close to that of Henry James and Edith Wharton in that her hauntings are as much psychological as they are supernatural. All of them are rather standard fare, though; we often follow the gradual breakdown of a character and the narrative never ends up far from where you might expect.

Nevertheless, Lee manages her characters and tension arcs deftly. The stakes
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Athina
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
A longwinded story with a mediocre ending.
Nothing dark to it, it's rather predictable.
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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.

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