THE COLD EMBRACE AND OTHER UNCOLLECTED GHOST STORIES. Introduction by Richard Dalby. Mary Elizabeth Braddon.

THE COLD EMBRACE AND OTHER UNCOLLECTED GHOST STORIES. Introduction by Richard Dalby.

Ashcroft, British Columbia: Ash-Tree Press, 2000. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Limited to 500 copies. Collects eighteen stories with "introduction" by Richard Dalby and "Miss Braddon at Home," an article by Mary Angela Dickens first published in WINDSOR MAGAZINE, September 1897. "Whereas the supernatural and weird tales of Charlotte Riddell, Rhoda Broughton, and Margaret Oliphant were published individually in thematic collections during the late Victorian (and Edwardian) era, this never happened with Mary E. Braddon and Amelia B. Edwards, two of the finest ghost story writers of the nineteenth century, whose supernatural work was sprinkled throughout various rare books and magazines, which today are virtually impossible to obtain. This gap is now filled by the present volume, together with its recent companion THE PHANTOM COACH by Amelia Edwards. Thanks to their appearance in THE SUPERNATURAL OMNIBUS (edited by Montague Summers in 1931), Mary Braddon's first two ghost stories, 'The Cold Embrace' and 'Eveline's Visitant,' have regularly been reprinted in later anthologies, and remain her best known contributions to the genre. Only four other supernatural tales by Braddon have been revived in the past two decades, a deficiency now remedied here . The stories in the present volume are arranged in strict chronological order from 1860 to 1896 . In addition to all of Braddon's traditional ghost stories, I have added three of her best borderline fantasies . but I have omitted some of the less satisfactory 'dream' stories ." - Dalby. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. (18522). Item #18522

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