Queens of the Abyss

Queens of the Abyss : Lost Stories from the Women of the Weird

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It is too often accepted that during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries it was the male writers who developed and pushed the boundaries of the weird tale, with women writers following in their wake - but this is far from the truth. This new anthology follows the instrumental contributions made by women writers to the weird tale, and revives the lost authors of the early pulp magazines along with the often overlooked work of more familiar authors.

See the darker side of The Secret Garden author Frances Hodgson Burnett and the sensitively-drawn nightmares of Marie Corelli and Violet Quirk. Hear the captivating voices of Weird Tales magazine contributors Sophie Wenzel Ellis, Greye La Spina and Margaret St Clair, and bow down to the sensational, surreal and challenging writers who broke down the barriers of the day. Featuring material never before republished, from the abyssal depths of the British Library vaults.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 190 x 25.4mm | 317.51g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0712353917
  • 9780712353915
  • 159,821

Table of contents

Introduction 7

A Revelation 11
Mary E. Braddon

The Sculptor’s Angel 39
Marie Corelli

From the Dead 61
Edith Nesbit

The Christmas in the Fog 81
Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Haunted Flat 105
Marie Belloc Lowndes

A Modern Circe 125
Alicia Ramsey

The Nature of the Evidence 141
May Sinclair

The Bishop of Hell 159
Marjorie Bowen

The Antimacassar 183
Greye La Spina

White Lady 203
Sophie Wenzel Ellis

The Laughing Thing 221
G. G. Pendarves

Candlelight 247
Lady Eleanor Smith

The Wonderful Tune 271
Jessie Douglas Kerruish

Island of the Hands 291
Margaret St Clair

The Unwanted 321
Mary Elizabeth Counselman

The Seventh Horse 341
Leonora Carrington

Story Sources 349
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About Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley is the author and editor of more than one hundred books and one of the foremost historians of popular fiction with a specialism for rooting out rare short stories. His Tales of the Weird anthologies include Glimpses of the Unknown: Lost Ghost Stories and Doorway to Dilemma: Bewildering Tales of Dark Fantasy.
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