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Evil Roots : Killer Tales of the Botanical Gothic

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Strangling vines and meat-hungry flora fill this unruly garden of strange stories, selected for their significance as the seeds of the villainous (or perhaps just misunderstood) `killer plant' in fiction, film and video games.
Step within to marvel at Charlotte Perkins Gilman's giant wistaria and H. G. Wells' hungry orchid; hear the calls of the ethereal women of the wood, and the frightful drone of the moaning lily; and do tread carefully around E. Nesbit's wandering creepers...
Every strain of vegetable threat (and one deadly fungus) can be found within this new collection, representing the very best tales from the undergrowth of Gothic fiction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 130 x 190 x 22.86mm | 249.48g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 0712352295
  • 9780712352291
  • 76,329

Table of contents

Introduction 7
Rappacini’s Daughter—Nathaniel Hawthorne 11
The American’s Tale—Arthur Conan Doyle 49
Carnivorine—Lucy H. Hooper 61
The Giant Wistaria—Charlotte Perkins Gilman 77
The Flowering of the Strange Orchid—H. G. Wells 89
The Guardian of Mystery Island—Edmond Nolcini 101
The Ash Tree—M. R. James 123
A Vine on a House—Ambrose Bierce 141
Professor Jonkin’s Cannibal Plant—Howard R. Garis 147
The Voice in the Night—William Hope Hodgson 161
The Pavillion—Edith Nesbitt 179
The Green Death—H. C. McNeile 199
The Women of the Wood—Abraham Merritt 237
The Moaning—Lily Emma Vane 273
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About D. Butcher

Daisy Butcher is a Doctoral Student working on the Open Graves, Open Minds Project at the University of Hertfordshire. Her study focuses on depictions of the feminine in gothic and weird fiction, including particular discussion of female mummies, vampires, and of course, the killer plant.
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