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Go-Go-Go! gA collection of six Victorianhost stories This is from a publishing house called Victorian Secrets which publishes books from and about the nineteenth century some of which might otherwise be difficult to find This collection certainly fits into the othic category with rambling old houses recalcitrant furniture and apparitions It isn t always a house that is haunted in one it is a farm The hauntings are often linked to past injustices Charlotte Riddell was a prolific Victorian writer producing over fifty novels and a number of short
stories Five of her novels are also host stories She wrote for Five of her novels are also host stories She wrote for popular market and was the first pensioner of the Society of Authors The Victorian readership was very interested in supernatural tales Riddell liked to write haunted house tales usually houses that were cheap with local reputations rented or purchased by the narrator who then discovers why said
HOUSE WAS CHEAP MANY OF THE GHOSTS ARE FEMALE was cheap Many of the hosts are female but not always women who have been wronged In her introduction to the collection Emma Liggins points out that the two Married Women s Property Acts had recently been enacted and there was increasing debates about the rights of women Ghost stories can ive the author licence to push the
"boundaries of fiction "of fiction exploring female sexuality property ownership and the strangeness of others Riddell shows the influence of the Bronte s particularly Jane Eyre in the last storyAlthough these are host stories there is little horror the Offenders and Detainees ghosts often point and try to correct past wrongs rather than shriek and howl There are often economic issues at stake and Riddell points to the futility of both miserliness and overspending Financial volatility and risk are at the centre of a number of the tales For many Victorian readers uncertain finances were as scary as thehosts and Riddell weaves the two together Riddell can turn her hand to description as well I looked at it over a low laurel hedge qasas-ul-quran growing inside an open paling about four feet high Beyond the hedge there was a strip of turfreen as emeralds smooth as a bowling reen then came a sunk fence the most picturesue sort of protection the ingenuity of man ever devised beyond that a close cut lawn which sloped down to the sunk fence from a house with projecting ables in the front the recessed portion of the building having three windows on the first floor Both Dead-End Road Mysteries gables were covered with creepers the lawn wasirt in by a semicircular sweep of forest trees the afternoon sun streamed over the Hear the Wolves grass and tinted the swaying foliage with. A collection of shorthost stories by Victorian writer Charlotte Riddell Includes Walnut Tree House The Open Door Nut Bus. Truly frightening Valors Measure going on and true love solves all the problems EhOld Mrs Jones is aood but slightly flawed piece which offers us the travails of a family that moves into a house where a husband and wife
disappeared localgossip has it that he murderedhas it that he murdered her buried her in the basement and absconded And sure enough BFI Film Classics gossip has it that he murdered her buried her in the basement and absconded And sure enough of the family and staff report running into the smallray haired titular Tni Tata Dunia Baru Sistem Pertahanan ghost in the hallways But it takes a sleepwalking relative to solve the mystery in full While the story is clunky and unevenly assembled it has an interesting focus on how localossip and people s natural inclination to tell stories muddy the truth of a matter while also roughly hitting at the truthThen there s The Old House In Vauxhall Walk A young man thrown out of his family home after an argument with his father finds overnight lodging in the rooms an acuaintance is vacating because they re haunted natch His sleep is disturbed by a dream vision of an elderly female miser This all may sound familiar and it is but I enjoyed reading this nonetheless The plot may move as expected there are some further mysteries to be solved but three ualities enhanced the tale for me One is the focus on poverty and wealthclassstation as a Read in the transcription from mysteryandimaginationwordpresscomStories of the weird see title with little horror these stories are in the mode of mysteries needing to be solved before the past can be left behind except for Old Mrs Jones which may or may not have been solved Almost all the stories concern old housesOne thing that sets the stories apart from others are the characters Riddell makes even minor characters memorable in some way and the main characters aren t all stout hearted young men seeking adventure The narrator of The Open Door is so obnoxious he was fired and is uite often frightened in the old manor house the وصف الاستعباد في مملكة فاس - مذكرات أسير سويدي على عهد السلطان مولاي عبد الله ghost hunter in The Old House in Vauxhall Walk is juvenile needy and a little whiny The collection of characters in Old Mrs Jones is memorable Mrs Tippens trying to keep her boarding houseoing in the face of a bewildering haunting crafty ood tempered Michael the medical students who look on everyone with a scientific eye the people of the neighborhood who provide commentary In several stories there s an undercurrent of humor that keeps them interestingAnd I learned some interesting things here how an early farm operated Nut Bush Farm how an old house was set up paved stableyard brew house etc in Old Mrs JonesMore for mystery fans than horror fans but an entertaining read 375. And murder behind the facade of splendid houses these stories will appeal to the modern aficionado of supernatural fictio. ,her buried her in the basement and abscondedburied her in the basement and absconded sure enough
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A thousand tender lights Hawthorn bushes pink and white mingled with their taller and rander brothers The chestnuts here were in flower the copper beech made a delightful contrast of colour and a birch rose delicate and Voice of Conscience graceful close beside Pure Victoriana if you like that sort of thing as are thehosts and the plots But you can also see the changing role of women reflected in the tales as well Not scary Most of the stories are like mysteries where a house is haunted and someone investigates the reason for the haunting One story is a deal with the devil morality tale They all tend to sound the same after a while The only decent story is Nut Bush Farm the rest are mediocre Not worth your time I discovered this book last month when I was doing some research for a blog post about womenhorror writers from the 19th century for womenwriters from the 19th century for Women Horror month I loved these stories They re in the vein of psychological horror so no PROBE MY ASS (A Reluctant Doctor/Patient Anal Sex erotica story) gore and blood anduts here but they definitely have a lovely eerie atmosphere to them Most are haunted house stories though not all If you re looking for something that s a little readable thanPoe but has that same weird feeling this is a reat book to start withbut has that same weird feeling this is a reat book to start with interesting collection of supernatural tales Riddell s strength is in characterization Otherwise the seem a bit conventionalThe main character in The Open Door ualifies for my Chronological Bibliography of Early Detectives which is available at Caught up on my Charlotte Riddell in an effort to find a suitable story for PSEUDOPOD I d already read 3 of the offerings here so I read the other three But here s reviews for allHalf of the offerings were only okay stories I had previously read Nut Bush Farm and found it lacking so I did not reread it The Open Door has a long involved set up where we are introduced to our main character a well intentioned and likeable if a bit unfocused young man who doesn t take to the office work he has fallen into who offers to solve the problem of a haunting a door that will not stay closed in a property of his employer s but he asks for a larger reward if he succeeds and so is sacked He contacts the Boss directly and again makes the offer and so sets out to camp in the country hall in which sure enough there is a door that will not stay closed no matter how it is latched But it s all a Scooby Doo thing in the end with possibly a brief Marvins Room glimpse of a realhost Eh Walnut Street House meanwhile does feature a real Roberto to the Dark Tower Came ghost that of a child but is a sentimentalhost story and so there s nothing. H Farm Sandy the Tinker and Old Mrs Jones With their monstrous women and uncanny children their tales of dissolution reed.