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Tales of Unease by Arthur Conan Doyle
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Mar 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, short-stories

I've been a fan of Conan Doyle after spending a great summer working my way through Sherlock Holmes, then later the Lost World story collection. I picked this up a while back and read the first short story which didn't really set me on fire so it got put down again. However, I took it with me while walking the Kepler Track last week and discovered an interesting collection of scary, unsettling and often violent tales. I'd read 'The Brazilian Cat' before but the rest were new to me.

They have an interesting mix of victorian style horror and suspense with an often quite modern view of violence and retribution. Spiritualism, Egyptian curses, monsters both real and human and a lot of revenge. I particularly liked The Horror of the Heights, The Terror of the Blue John Gap (somewhere I had recently gone myself on a trip back home) and the atmospheric The Captain of the Polestar.

Recommended for fans of Conan Doyle who want to try some of his other works, and for those short story enthusiasts.

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