The Cold Embrace: Weird Stories by Women (Dover Horror Classics) (Paperback)
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This original anthology presents 19 short stories that cover nearly a century of speculative fiction by women authors. Selections range from Mary Shelley's Transformation (1830), a pendant to Frankenstein in its themes and motifs, to Where Their Fire Is Not Quenched (1922) by May Sinclair, a tale of time travel that follows its heroine to Hell and back.
Gripping narratives include Virginia Woolf's A Haunted House, in which a ghostly couple revisit their former home; A Wedding Chest by Vernon Lee, a story of romance and revenge that unfolds in Renaissance Italy; and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper, recounting a woman's psychic possession by the previous occupant of her attic bedroom. Additional tales include E. Nesbit's From the Dead, The Eyes by Edith Wharton, Elizabeth Gaskell's Curious If True, and many others. Editor S. T. Joshi offers an extensive Introduction as well as notes on each of the authors.
About the Author
S. T. Joshi is a literary critic, novelist, and a leading figure in the study of H. P. Lovecraft and other authors of weird and fantastic fiction, including Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, and M. R. James. He has compiled, edited, and written more than 200 books and is the general editor of Dover's Horror Classics series.
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