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Bishop of Hell and Other Stories, the (1949) [Collection]
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Marjorie Bowen (1885-1952) spent the early part of her working life providing for a demanding and ungrateful family. We are lucky she did so, since among the results were these short stories of rare quality. In their use of dreams, ancient anecdote, and ruined or dilapidated buildings (Florence Flannery, The Fair Hair of Ambrosine) they are at times in the finest tradition of The Castle of Otranto and the Gothic revival which had chilled the blood of the British public a hundred and fifty years earlier.

But her stories are more subtle in their construction, and often use simple materials (The Crown Derby Plate, Elsie's Lonely Afternoon), interweaving their terror and mystery with the commonplace of everyday life. Their mastery of detail, sureness of expression and acute reading of human nature give them a sinister force, which is realistic and unnerving, yet at the same time tinged with pity and compassion.


  • Introduction
  • Personal Note
  • Biographical Note
  • The Fair Hair of Ambrosine
  • The Crown Derby Plate
  • The Housekeeper
  • Florence Flannery
  • Elsie's Lonely Afternoon
  • The Bishop of Hell
  • The Grey Chamber
  • The Extraordinary Adventure of Mr John Proudie
  • The Scoured Silk
  • The Avenging of Ann Leete
  • Kecksies
  • Ann Mellor's Lover

Original title: The Bishop of Hell and Other Stories
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHorrorGeneral

The following works are contained within this one:
     Crown Derby Plate, the (1933) [Short Story]
      Author: Marjorie Bowen

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Bishop of Hell and Other Stories, the (1949)
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Language: English

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Bishop of Hell and Other Stories, the (October 2006)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Ware, Herts, U.K.
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
ISBN: 1840225378
Dimensions: 4.9 x 7.6 x 0.5
Pages: 192

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Bishop of Hell and Other Stories, the (1949)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Bodley Head
Pages: 230

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