I’ve recently been dungeoneering my way through a great set of Gothic short stories: The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales, edited by Charles Baldick. I was told by a friend that it was a great cross section of the Gothic from the 18th Century through contemporary. And it has not disappointed. The book is great!
It contains stories that are sure to bring back memories…and stories that we’ve all heard of, if not read, like:
- “The Fall of the House of Usher,” by Edgar Allan Poe,
- “The Friar’s Tale,” by anonymous and
- “Bloody Blanche,” by Marcel Schwob.
It has some great, and well known authors, like Poe and Robert Lewis Stevenson. But, more importantly, it has a few more obscure authors and stories. These are the ones that I have really enjoyed to date. Thus far (with what I’ve read), the stories are of a traditional vein and contain all the things that we love about The Gothic.
I’ll be telling you about some later.
Bye for now…