Following the success of Weird Women: Volume 1, acclaimed anthologists Lisa Morton and Leslie S. Klinger return with another offering of overlooked masterworks from early female horror writers, including George Eliot, Zora Neale Hurston, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Edith Wharton.
Following the success of their acclaimed Weird Women, star anthologists Lisa Morton and Leslie S. Klinger return with another offering of overlooked masterworks from early female horror writers.
This volume once again gathers some of the most famous voices of literature—George Eliot, Zora Neale Hurston, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Edith Wharton—along with chilling tales by writers who were among the bestselling and most critically-praised authors of the early supernatural story, including Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Vernon Lee, Florence Marryat, and Margaret Oliphant.
There are, of course, ghost stories here, but also tales of vampirism, mesmerism, witches, haunted India, demonic entities, and journeys into the afterlife. Introduced and annotated for modern readers, Morton and Klinger have curated more stories sure to provide another "feast of entertaining (and scary) reads" (Library Journal).
"Morton and Klinger refute the popular misconception that the early horror genre had few female writers—in reality, as they show, women writers were forerunners of the genre, often supporting their families through their work and gaining fame. The two editors bring these authors back into the spotlight here. These tales were written by women with streaks of independence and their rebellion shines through the subtext. Feminist and horror-genre readers will jump on this compelling and spooky collection."
– Booklist (starred)
"Horrors and mysteries abound here, with well-known writers like Charlotte Perkins Gilman. If the difficulties of enforced domestic life take their toll, it might be worth reading the supernatural dread and unexplained occurrences women imagined from an earlier time of homebound life."
– Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
"It is an absolute must-own for those interested in the women who helped shape the horror genre. Weird Women ultimately works because of the stories and authors Klinger and Morton chose. The focusing is on tales that are not only well-written but are also genuinely creepy."
“Presents a brilliant and wide-ranging selection of stories. All of them challenge literary scholars and popular readers alike in new and exciting ways to see connections across the genre of the supernatural story."