Women's Weird: Strange Stories by Women, 1890-1940 (Paperback)

Women's Weird: Strange Stories by Women, 1890-1940 By Melissa Edmundson (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Melissa Edmundson (Introduction by)
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Early Weird fiction embraces the supernatural, horror, science fiction, fantasy and the Gothic, and was explored with enthusiasm by many women writers in the United Kingdom and in the USA. Melissa Edmundson has brought together a compelling collection of the best Weird short stories by women from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to thrill new readers and delight these authors' fans.

Women's Weird contains thirteen stories by Louisa Baldwin, D K Broster, Mary Butts, Mary Cholmondeley, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Margaret Irwin, Margery Lawrence, Elinor Mordaunt, Edith Nesbit, Eleanor Scott, May Sinclair, Francis Stevens and Edith Wharton.

Highlights include:

  • Edith Nesbit's horror story 'The Shadow', about the dangers of telling a ghost story after the excitement of a ball.
  • Edith Wharton tells an alarming story of Breton dogs and a jealous husband, in 'Kerfol'.
  • May Sinclair's 'Where Their Fire Is Not Quenched' is about a love that will never, ever die.
  • Mary Butts, modernist poet and novelist, wrote 'With and Without Buttons', a story of some very haunted gloves.
  • D K Broster, best known for her historical novels, tells an unholy story of a mistress's feathery revenge, 'Couching At The Door'.
  • Rarities include Margery Lawrence's 'The haunted saucepan', and Francis Stevens's Lovecraftian tale of tentacles in an alternate dimension, 'Unseen - Unfeared'.

The cover image is from the April 1919 issue of Vogue, a fashion portrait of 'Dolores' by Adolf de Meyer.

About the Author

Melissa Edmundson researches and publishes on nineteenth and early twentieth-century British women writers, with a particular interest in women's supernatural fiction. She is the editor of a 2011 critical edition of Alice Perrin's East of Suez (1901), and author of Women's Ghost Literature in Nineteenth-Century Britain (University of Wales Press, 2013) and Women's Colonial Gothic Writing, 1850-1930: Haunted Empire (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). She edited Avenging Angels: Ghost Stories by Victorian Women Writers (Victorian Secrets, 2018).

Product Details
ISBN: 9781912766246
ISBN-10: 1912766248
Publisher: Handheld Press
Publication Date: January 17th, 2022
Pages: 321
Language: English