All the stories contain the common elements of the gothic tale: a warped sense these thirty-seven selections compiled by Chris Baldick provide a unique look. All these stories and more contain the common elements of the gothic tale: a warped these thirty-seven selections compiled by Chris Baldick provide a unique. Chris Baldick, Editor Oxford University Press, USA $35 (p) ISBN dread, decay, disintegration, death–each of these trademarks of the well-made Gothic tale.

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Multo Ghost Ghosts of story, myth, or anywhere else…. The most interesting anthologies, like the best compilations, tell a story of their own, piecing together a jigsaw of distinct works. The same breathless run-on sentences, the same complete disregard for narrative logic so that the story can make its way through the same obligatory checklist.

The Monkey was terrible. I checked it out to read only one tale that I was unfamiliar with, and I didn’t like it. Of course, some stories were WAY better than others, but it was interesting to see the evolution of the short gothic tale and to see examples all the way from the 18th century through the 20th. The narrator heeds none of the locals’ warnings, and has many close calls.

This book presents a comprehensive collection of Gothis tales from the beginnings of the genre e. This is telling you more about me than you probably want to bxldick, but what those early examples reminded me of the most is bad erotica. Diasporic Modernisms Allison Schachter. Book ratings by Goodreads.

D’Souza and Susheela Punitha. Beginning with the rudimentary fragments and bootlegs of the 18th Century, more literary curios than stories in their own right, the collection begins to build momentum before arriving at Poe, surely the godfather of all things Gothic. When Sir B finds his lost wife, he doesn’t “shout” but “ejaculates” verbally.

In the introduction, Baldick explains what the gothic genre is. Beatrice was the innocent — but were there any good guys? A few things you might not expect.


Jan 22, Toby rated it really liked it. I will be reading this again someday. Included also are a few odd tales that probably don’t fit well within a fairly defined Gothic category, but here they are anyway.

The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales

I’m really not sure this belonged in the anthology anyway. It’s a time-capsule of some of the greatest stories of the genre ozford it’s beginnings into the late 20th century.

As with all collections, you’ll love a few, be okay with most, and dislike a few too. These are all examples of classic gothic stories, but I suppose I am not really a fan of gothic tales! The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales. I’ll never forget picking this up expecting a treat, and instead — barring only the Fragments which is a literary form that fascinates me beyond its application to the gothic all I got was pages of sadism and brutality and horror and especially Angela Barrett’s retelling of the Countess Bathory story which is the most unpleasant experience I’ve ever had reading a book, bar none.

The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales : Chris Baldick :

According to Baldick, the theme of gothic fiction is the tbe of the past; the decaying mansion or other claustrophobic physical space that serves as the setting for the story symbolizes the inability of the protagonist to escape that past.

The little ghost story at the beginning is extraneous, but cute. While the Gothic tale shares some characteristics with the ghost story and tales of horror and fantasy, the present volume celebrates the distinctive features that define this powerful and unsettling literary form.

I did not read one of them, as it was not so much a story as a list of the tortures Countess Bathory inflicted on young women. This anthology brings together the work of writers such as Le Fanu, Hawthorne, Hardy, Faulkner, and Borges with their earliest literary forebears, and emphasizes the central role of women writers from Anna Laetitia Aikin to Isabel Allende.


He is the author of In Frankenstein’s Shadow: This collection of short stories is an excellent overview of the gothic genre, from its inception in the late Eighteenth Century to the modern era. The Outsider – H. Clytie – Eudora Welty No trivia or quizzes yet.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Sinister old house, repressed The stories are presented in chronological order, and best read that way. The Parricide Punished – Anonymous 6. Moogavani Pillanangrovi Kesava Reddy. In Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” a woman’s death satisfies a neighborhood’s curiosity with a bizarre discovery.

So although there were some gems and this is definitely 4 stars for anyone who likes genuinely gothic stories, it doesn’t make my 3-star cut which is defined as “it was worth my time to read”. Nov 01, Angella rated it liked it Recommends it for: There are many great authors, yet not exactly the best stories from them.

Anyone interested in the Gothic genre should start, yes, with the classic novels. That was decidedly odd – even for a gothic tale! Who was the bad guy here? Description The Gothic tale has been with us for over years, and this collection illustrates the continuing strength of this fictional tradition from the late 18th century to the present day.

In Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” a woman’s death satisfies a neighborhood’s curiosity with a bizarre discovery. I got literally sick when reading “The Bloody Countess” by Alejandra Pizarnik — the story of a beautiful aristocrat who tortured and killed young girls and used their blood in the hope of preserving her youth — the gory details, the vivid descriptions of various ways of torture made for quite a disgusting story.

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