Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Australian Ghost Stories ed by James Doig

I've just obtained a copy of Australian Ghost Stories, published by Wordsworth for around £3.00. Crazy price!

Here are 17 short stories by the likes of Louis Becke, Guy Boothby, Mary Fortune, Beatrice Grimshaw and Roderic Quinn. James Doig also provides an introduction which wonders if Australia can be a home to Gothic fiction. The introduction gives a brief history of the Gothic novel (story) before concentrating on Australian writers, those included in this slim volume. Needless to say, they are mainly 19th century writers with a few stories appearing in the early 20th century. I haven't had a chance to read the book, yet -- but it looks as if it will be a most enjoyable read.

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