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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Mar 07, Ricardo rated it it was amazing. Not complaining about vampires though, it was just a bit of an overload.

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But anyone interested with only time for short stories start here. It’s sometimes hard to define what a gothic tale is, but reading this book will give you an understanding of the genre. As with any kind of anthology, part of the value lies in getting a taste of a variety of authors and writing styles, and in stimulating readers to follow up on new discoveries.

This is an old but trusted favourite of mine. Editor Chris Baldick makes a persuasive case for celebrating the gothic tale in its own right, much like the ghost story is enjoyed.

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In Frankenstein’s Shadow Chris Baldick. Worth a read if you are a fan of that genre or simply interested in knowing more about it. Looking for beautiful books? I think Oates here is conflating the gothic, horror, black comedy, and social commentary genres. Mayor and Angela Carter featuring in this anthology.

The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. 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.


A Fragment” written Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Writers Among the Ruins Chris Baldick. Hilarious for a classic gothic tale! When Sir B finds his lost wife, he doesn’t “shout” but “ejaculates” verbally.

The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales by Chris Baldick

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Open Preview See a Problem? In Hawthorne’s “Rappacini’s Daughter,” a young girl is raised on the very essence of poison. Gothic fiction is generally identified with Horace Walpole’s Castle of Otranto and the works of Ann Radcliffe, and with heroes and heroines menaced by feudal villains amid crumbling ruins. The narrator heeds none of the locals’ warnings, and has many close calls.

Modern Gothic is distinguished by its imaginative variety of voice, from the chilling depiction of a disordered mind to the sinister suggestion of vampirism.

The Nineteenth Century 7. A Vine on a House – Ambrose Bierce Tragic, strange, dark and grim, the stories are varied in length and structure, and will give you hours of sinister entertainment. This is a wonderful anthology,not a single dud story in the lot. Three stars for the weight and heft of the book and for some of the duds that I just couldn’t get through.

Barbara of the House of Grebe – Thomas Hardy These were my favorites: This may seem a bit rigid for some readers a recent exhibition at The British Library on The Gothic Imagination gave a more fluid interpretation of the genre but his argument for the comprising elements of Gothic fiction is increasingly convincing as the collection goes on, including some surprise choices that fit in nicely alongside the classics.


Gothic fiction is generally identified with Horace Walpole’s “Castle of Otranto” and the works of Ann Radcliffe, and with heroes and heroines menaced by feudal villains amid crumbling ruins. While the repertoire of claustrophobic settings, gloomy themes, and threatening atmosphere established the Gothic genre, later writers from Poe onwards achieved a greater sophistication, and a shift in emphasis from cruelty to decadence.

As with all collections, you’ll love a few, be okay with most, and dislike a few too. This is a very good collection of Gothic stories; there are bloody ghosts, evil characters, vampires and haunted houses, religious themes, kidnappings, strange plants, and horrifying acts of cruelty.

Nice selection, good introduction. The editor defines gothic in his introduction as a mood and setting in a dreary and confined place that is decaying, and the excess of description most gothic authors seem to spend setting that mood drives me to distraction.

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Yet they also reveal the progression of the genre from stories of feudal villains amid crumbling ruins to a greater level of sophistication in which writers brought the gothic tale out of its medieval setting, and placed it in the contemporary world. His introduction sets out the criteria for what makes a The most interesting anthologies, like the best compilations, tell a story of their own, piecing together a jigsaw of distinct works. The Friar’s Tale – Anonymous 4. Diasporic Modernisms Allison Schachter.

There was no way I could have passed by this book and not pick it up, and after picking it up, not wanting to read it. Anthologies are always a mixed bag, but there were very few here I didn’t enjoy.