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Tales of Mystery & the Macabre #2020

Tales of Mystery the Macabre In the great mirror opposite I saw myself and right behind another wicked fearful self so like me my soul seemed to quiver within me as though not knowing to which similitude of body it belonged E

  • Title: Tales of Mystery & the Macabre
  • Author: Elizabeth Gaskell David Stuart Davies
  • ISBN: 9781840220957
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tales of Mystery & the Macabre By Elizabeth Gaskell David Stuart Davies, In the great mirror opposite I saw myself, and right behind, another wicked fearful self, so like me my soul seemed to quiver within me, as though not knowing to which similitude of body it belonged Elizabeth Gaskell is better known today for her pioneering social novels such as Mary Barton 1848 but she also wrote some fascinating tales of the supernatural and the macIn the great mirror opposite I saw myself, and right behind, another wicked fearful self, so like me my soul seemed to quiver within me, as though not knowing to which similitude of body it belonged Elizabeth Gaskell is better known today for her pioneering social novels such as Mary Barton 1848 but she also wrote some fascinating tales of the supernatural and the macabre, which are collected here in this volume The real charm of this dark anthology is its variety Unlike so many writers of this kind of material, Gaskell allows the story to fit the style rather than the other way around and as result there is a charming freshness to each tale This remarkable author uses different voices, tones and topics to engage her readers and as you turn from one story to the next you cannot be quite sure what to expect.

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    1. I admire Gaskell s Mary Barton, a perceptive and compassionate account of the life of Manchester textile workers in the 1840 s, and I was looking forward to this I was disappointed In this substantial 120,000 word collection, there is not one first rate tale, and the connection of most of these pieces with the mysterious and macabre is tangential at best, if not downright deceptive For example, The Ghost in the Garden Room has not a single ghost in it however, a character in the frame story info [...]

    2. Really 3.5 Maybe even 3.75 3.85 This is, as with all short story collections, a mixed bag Most are enjoyable but the last four starting with The Ghost in the Garden Room really dragged for me Overall, however, this is an enjoyable anthology of creepy stories Many reviewers seem put out that there aren t a lot of ghosts in these stories They re right there aren t However, the volume is titled Tales of Mystery and the Macabre, and to that end the stories contained are extremely effective atmospher [...]

    3. I seriously cannot finish this book.Boring, torture, boring, torture, boring, torture, boring, torture, boring, torture

    4. Although in general the stories are interesting, and retain a little of suspence, especially Poor Clare and Lois, the Witch , the building up of the stories takes too long and it loses some of its way Too many times the climax of the story is just plain boring or uneventful, particularly in The Grey Lady Overall an agreeable book, but do not foresee rereading it ever.

    5. I expected since I based the fact that Elizabeth Gaskell is my favourite gothic writer on my love for her short story, The Old Nurse s Story which I studied it back at university in short story class Two or three years later as I read Gaskell s gothic short stories, The Old Nurse s Story remains my favourite Most featured short stories don t have a clear moral message with the exception of this one.Gaskell is a great classical writer but I don t think I could read this book again any time soon. [...]

    6. This book is so fun From the cover, it looks like I m reading some horridly nasty murderous modern sci fi thriller shiny dripping blood and all this book came from a wonderful Victorian author Who knew Elizabeth Gaskell, one of my favorite Victorians, wrote ghost stories As a point of interest, many of them were commissioned by Dickens for his magazine Perfect for a fun October read Some stories fun, some dark than I had expected Not dark as in supernatural icky, but as in how despicable man ca [...]

    7. Maybe it s just that we live in a world where there s at least one serial killer on TV at any given point, fictional or otherwise, but the mystery and macabre in this book isn t at all mysterious or macabre It seems that the scariest thing in Elizabeth Gaskell s world was a highwayman There were several of those featured in the short stories Or perhaps I just don t particularly like short stories of any kind This collection hasn t exactly changed my mind about them I read Wives and Daughters and [...]

    8. Already read The Old Nurse s Story 3The Squire s Story The Poor Clare Lois the Witch The Doom of the Griffiths 2The Ghost in the Garden Room The Grey Woman Curious, if True Disappearances

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