The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories




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The first-ever collection of Victorian Christmas ghost stories, culled from rare 19th-century periodicals

During the Victorian era, it became traditional for publishers of newspapers and magazines to print ghost stories during the Christmas season for chilling winter reading by the fireside or candlelight. Now for the first time thirteen of these tales are collected here, including a wide range of stories from a diverse group of authors, some well-known, others anonymous or forgotten. Readers whose only previous experience with Victorian Christmas ghost stories has been Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" will be surprised and delighted at the astonishing variety of ghostly tales in this volume.

"In the sickly light I saw it lying on the bed, with its grim head on the pillow. A man? Or a corpse arisen from its unhallowed grave, and awaiting the demon that animated it?" - John Berwick Harwood, "Horror: A True Tale"

"Suddenly I aroused with a start and as ghostly a thrill of horror as ever I remember to have felt in my life. Something--what, I knew not--seemed near, something nameless, but unutterably awful." - Ada Buisson, "The Ghost's Summons"

"There was no longer any question what she was, or any thought of her being a living being. Upon a face which wore the fixed features of a corpse were imprinted the traces of the vilest and most hideous passions which had animated her while she lived." - Walter Scott, "The Tapestried Chamber"

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2016 Editions Valancourt Books

Anglaise Langue anglaise | 292 pages | Sortie : 29 novembre 2016 | ISBN : 9781943910564

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  • The Changeling's Library Le 30 Janvier 2021 à 20:44
    Moi qui suis une fan d'histoire de fantômes d'époque, j'ai était ravi par ma lecture. Ce recueils de nouvelles est lugubres à souhait et devrait combler les fan de l'époque victorienne. Petit plus intéressant, avant chaque nouvelle, le contexte dans lequel elles ont chacune étaient écrites est expliqué, nous en apprenant un peu plus sur les peurs des gens de l'époque, ce qui est très sympathique.

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