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Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories, Volume Three
Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories, Volume Three | Ellen Wood, Charlotte Riddell
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A new collection of twenty ghostly tales of Yuletide terror, collected from rare Victorian periodicalsSeeking to capitalize on the success of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol (1843), Victorian newspapers and magazines frequently featured ghost stories at Christmas time, and reading them by candlelight or the fireside became an annual tradition, a tradition Valancourt Books is pleased to continue with our series of Victorian Christmas ghost stories. This third volume contains twenty tales, most of them never before reprinted. They represent a mix of the diverse styles and themes common to Victorian ghost fiction and include works by once-popular authors like Ellen Wood and Charlotte Riddell as well as contributions from anonymous or wholly forgotten writers. This volume also features a new introduction by Prof. Simon Stern."Before me, with the sickly light from the lantern shining right down upon it, was--a cloven hoof! Then the awfulness of the compact I had made came to my mind with terrible force ..." - Frederick Manley, "The Ghost of the Cross-Roads""By the fireplace there was a large hideous pool of blood soaking into the carpet, and leaving ghastly stains around. I am not ashamed to confess that my brain reeled; the mysterious horror overcame me ..." - Lillie Harris, "19, Great Hanover Street""A fearful white face comes to me; a horrible mask, with features drawn as in agony--ghastly, pale, hideous! Death or approaching death, violent death, written in every line. Every feature distorted. Eyes starting from the head. Thin lips moving and working--lips that are cursing, although I hear no sound." - Hugh Conway, "A Dead Man's Face"
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I have yet to read any of Valancourt's Xmas anthologies, but I'm intrigued. From the pub. site: "Seeking to capitalize on the success of...A Christmas Carol (1843), Victorian newspapers & magazines frequently featured ghost stories at Christmas time." I love the idea of reading the latest spooky tale in the #warmth of home, with a tea or coffee close by. #GratefulHarvest @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Cathythoughts Sounds good ! And like a good Christmas present 👍🏻 7mo
vivastory @Cathythoughts I agree, but one that you'd maybe want to gift a little early🎁 7mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻Yes 7mo
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LeahBergen I love Valancourt books! And I read some sort of Christmas ghost stories every year. 👌 7mo
vivastory @LeahBergen Is there a particular Valancourt Xmas volume that you would recommend? 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🔥 👏🏻📚 7mo
LeahBergen I actually don‘t own any of the Valancourt Christmas volumes. My Christmas ghost stories are all in other books. 7mo
vivastory @LeahBergen I see. Did you see this new anthology? I ordered it yesterday 7mo
LeahBergen @vivastory ooo! That sounds amazing. I‘m off to check it out…. 7mo
Eggs Perfection ❣️ 7mo
NikkiM5 @AFrostCauseReads this looks cool 7mo
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