More Deadly than the Male
Masterpieces from the Queens of Horror
On Sale: February 5, 2019
Hardcover / e-Book
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A darkly luminous new anthology collecting the most
terrifying horror stories by renowned female authors,
presenting anew these forgotten classics to the modern
Readers are well aware that Mary Shelley wrote
Frankenstein: few know how many other tales of terror
she created. In addition to Uncle Tom’s Cabin,
Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote some surprisingly effective
horror stories. The year after Little Women
appeared, Louisa May Alcott published one of the first mummy
tales. These ladies weren’t alone. From the earliest days of
Gothic and horror fiction, women were exploring the
frontiers of fear, dreaming dark dreams that will still keep
you up at night.
More Deadly than the Male includes unexpected
horror tales by Louisa May Alcott and Harriet Beecher Stowe,
and forgotten writers like Mary Cholmondely and Charlotte
Riddell, whose work deserves a modern audience. Readers will
be drawn in by the familiar names and intrigued by their
In The Beckside Boggle, Alice Rea brings a common
piece of English folklore to hair-raising life, while Helene
Blavatsky, best known as the founder of the spiritualist
Theosophical Society, conjures up a solid and satisfying
ghost story in The Cave of the Echoes. Edith
Wharton’s great novel The Age of Innocence won her
the Pulitzer prize, yet her horror stories are known only to
a comparative few.
Readers will discover lost and forgotten women who wrote
horror every bit as effectively as their male
contemporaries. They will learn about their lives and
careers, the challenges they faced as women working in a
male-dominated field, the way they overcame those
challenges, and the way they approached the genre—which was
often subtler, more psychological, and more disturbing.
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