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The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales


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Part 1 Beginnings: "Sir Bertrand - A Fragment" (1773), Anna Laetitia Aiken; "The Poisoner of Montremos" (1791), Richard Cumberland; "The Friar's Tale" (1792), Anonymous; "Raymond - A Fragment (1799), "Juvenis"; "The Parricide Punished" (1799), Anonymous; "The Ruins of the Abbey of Fitz-Martin" (1801), Anonymous; "The Vindictive Monk, or The Fatal Ring" (1802), Isaac Crookenden. Part 2 The 19th century: "The Astrologer's Prediction or the Maniac's Fate" (1826), Anonymous ; "Andreas Vesalius the Anatomist" (1833), Petrus Borel; "Lady Eltringham or The Castle of Ratcliffe Cross" (1836), J. Wadham; "The Fall of the House of Usher" (1839), Edgar Allan Poe; "A Chapter in the History of the Tyrone Family" (1839), Sheridan Le Fanu; "Rappacini's Daughter" (1844), Nathaniel Hawthorne; "Selina Sedilia" (1865), Bret Harte; "Jean-Ah Poquelin" (1875), George Washington Cable; "Olalla" (1885), Robert Louis Stevenson; "Barbara of the House of Grebe" (1891), Thomas Hardy; "Bloody Blanche" (1892), Marcel Schwob; "The Yellow Wall-Paper" (1892), Charlotte Perkins Stetson; "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" (1892), Arthur Conan Doyle; "Hurst of Hurstcote" (1893), E. Nesbit. Part 3 The 20th century: "A Vine on the House" (1905), Ambrose Bierce; "Jordan's End" (1923), Ellen Glasgow; "The Outsider" (1926), H.P. Lovecraft; "A Rose for Emily" (1930), William Faulkner; "A Rendezvous in Averoigne" (1931), Clark Ashton Smith; "The Monkey" (1934), Isak Dinesen; "Miss De Mannering of Asham" (1935), F.M. Mayor; "The Vampire of Kaldenstein" (1938), Frederick Cowles; "Clytie" (1941), Eudora Welty; "Sardonicus" (1961), Ray Russell; "The Bloody Countess" (1968), Alejandra Pizarnik; "The Gospel According to Mark" (1970), Jorge Luis Borges; "The Lady of the House of Love" (1979), Angela Carter; "Secret Observations of the Goat-Girl" (1988), Joyce Carol Oates; "Blood Disease" (1988), Patrick McGrath; "If You Touched My Heart" (1991), Isabel Allende.

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Chris Baldick is a Lecturer in English at the University of Lancaster. He is the author of In Frankenstein's Shadow: Myth and Monstrosity in Nineteenth-Century Writing (1987).


The fog-enshrouded castle, the crumbling family manor; old secrets unveiled, curses cast, chains clanking, fear and trembling; dread, decay, disintegration, death--each of these trademarks of the well-made Gothic tale is vividly represented in this comprehensive anthology. Informatively introduced and chronologically arranged, the 37 stories showcase the Gothic tradition from its late-18th-century inception up to the present. Included are genre classics from such illustrious practitioners as Poe, Hawthorne, Lovecraft and McGrath, as well as gems from literary masters like Faulkner, Welty, Oates and Borges, all of whom dabble(d) to fine effect in the form. Among the highlights are ``The Parricide Punished,'' an anonymous entry from 1799 set in an enormous castle and narrated by a guest whose visit becomes a waking nightmare; Eden Glasgow's ``Jordan's End,'' in which a long history of family madness gives rise to a most untimely death; F. M. Mayor's ``Miss DeMannering of Asham,'' the story of two women on holiday who get more local color than they bargained for when they learn the shocking truth about DeMannering's dead infant; and especially Ray Russell's bizarre ``Sardonicus,'' whose title character gives the kind of villainous performance that evokes Vincent Price in his horror-movie heyday. (May)

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