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Gothic Short Stories (2002) [Anthology]
by William Harrison Ainsworth Anne Laetitia Barbauld E. F. Benson Ambrose Bierce S. Carleton Ralph Adams Cram Charles Dickens Nathan Drake Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Elizabeth Gaskell Charlotte Perkins Gilman Nathaniel Hawthorne M. R. James Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Charles Robert Maturin Richard Middleton Edgar Allan Poe Walter Scott Robert Louis Stevenson Unknown Author John Wilson Rating: Weighted - 7.9 / Average - 8.0 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Late in the 18th century authors began to write 'Gothic' stories as a way of putting literature back in touch with the irrational, the supernatural and the bizarre, which had been neglected in the 'Age of Reason.'

This superb new collection brings together stories from the earliest decades of Gothic writing with later 19th and early 20th century tales from the period in which Gothic diversified into the familiar forms of the ghost- and horror-story. Work by writers such as Poe, Dickens, Hawthorne, Gaskell and M.R. James appears alongside that of anonymous writers from the start of the period and many lesser-known authors from Britain and America. Some of these stories, like the haunting 'The Lame Priest' are 'lost masterpieces' and several have never been anthologised before. Together they cover the spectrum of Gothic story-telling - tales of madness and violence, of shape-shifters and spectres, that express some of their deepest fears of the human mind - insanity, sexuality, death and the often terrible power of the past to catch up with the present.

In a lively, authoritative introduction David Blair provides fresh insights and a detailed commentary on the stories' place in the complex traditions of Gothic writing in British and American literature.


  • General Introduction by Keith Carabine
  • Foreword by David Blair
  • Introduction by David Blair
  • Select Bibliography
  • Sir Bertrand: A Fragment by Anna Letitia Barbauld
  • Captive of the Banditti by Nathan Drake and Unknown Author
  • Extracts from Gosschen's Diary: No. 1 by John Wilson
  • The Parricide's Tale (extract from Melmoth the Wanderer) by Charles Robert Maturin
  • The Spectre Bride by William Harrison Ainsworth
  • The Tapestried Chamber by Sir Walter Scott
  • Berenice by Edgar Allan Poe
  • A Madman's Manuscript (extract from The Pickwick Papers) by Charles Dickens
  • Strange Event in the Life of Schalken the Painter by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Ethan Brand by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Old Nurse's Story by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The Body-Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • The Death of Halpin Frayser by Ambrose Bierce
  • Canon Alberic's Scrapbook by M.R. James
  • No. 252 Rue M. le Prince by Ralph Adams Cram
  • The Lame Priest by S. Carleton
  • Luella Miller by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • The Bird in the Garden by Richard Middleton
  • The Room in the Tower by E.F. Benson

Original title: Gothic Short Stories
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHorrorThe occult and Supernatural

The following works are contained within this one:
     Captive of the Banditti (1801) [Short Story]
      Authors: Unknown Author , Nathan Drake
     Extracts from Gosschen's Diary: No. 1 (1818) [Short Story]
      Author: John Wilson
     Spectre Bride, the (1822) [Short Story]
      Author: William Harrison Ainsworth
     Tapestried Chamber, the (1828) [Short Story]
      Author: Walter Scott
     Berenice (1835) [Short Story]
      Author: Edgar Allan Poe
     Strange Event in the Life of Schalken the Painter (1839) [Short Story]
      Author: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
     Ethan Brand (1850) [Short Story]
      Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
     Old Nurse's Story, the (1852) [Short Story]
      Author: Elizabeth Gaskell
     Body-Snatcher, the (1884) [Short Story]
      Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
     Death of Halpin Frayser, the (1891) [Short Story]
      Author: Ambrose Bierce
     Yellow Wallpaper, the (1892) [Short Story]
      Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
     Canon Alberic's Scrapbook (1895) [Short Story]
      Author: M. R. James
     No. 252 Rue M. le Prince (1895) [Short Story]
      Author: Ralph Adams Cram
     Lame Priest, the (1901) [Short Story]
      Author: S. Carleton
     Luella Miller (1902) [Short Story]
      Author: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
     Room in the Tower, the (1912) [Short Story]
      Author: E. F. Benson
This work contains excerpts from the following works :
     Melmoth the Wanderer (1820) [Novel]
      Author: Charles Robert Maturin
     Pickwick Papers, the (1837) [Novel]
      Author: Charles Dickens

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Gothic Short Stories (2002)
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Language: English

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