Patricia L. Skarda & Nora Crow Jaffe (eds.) - The Evil Image: Two Centuries of Gothic Short Fiction & Poetry (Meridian; New American Library, June 1981)
General Introduction Critical Studies Of The Gothic
Daniel Defoe - The Apparition Of Mrs. Veal Dr. John Aikin & Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbould - On the Pleasures To Be Derived From Objects Of Terror: with Sir Bertrand, A Fragment Dr. John William Polidori - The Vampire: A Tale George Gordon, Lord Byron - Fragment Of A Novel Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley - The Transformation Sir Walter Scott - Wandering Willie's Tale Washington Irving - The Spectre Bridegroom Washington Irving - The Traveller's Tale Edgar Allan Poe - The Fall Of The House Of Usher Nathaniel Hawthorne - Young Goodman Brown Charles Dickens - The Signal-Man Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu - Green Tea Louisa May Alcott - Perilous Play Henry James - The Ghostly Rental Robert Louis Stevenson - Markheim Stephen Crane - The Monster Montague Rhodes James - The Mezzotint A. E. Coppard - Arabesque: The Mouse William Faulkner - A Rose For Emily Eudora Welty - Clytie Flannery O' Connor - The River Stephen King - Suffer The Little Children
Anne Radcliffe - The Snow Fiend Anne Radcliffe - December's Eve, Abroad Anne Radcliffe - December's Eve, At Home Mary Alcock - A Receipt For Writing A Novel Matthew Gregory Lewis - Alonzo The Brave And Fair Imogene Matthew Gregory Lewis - Giles Jollup The Grave, And Brown Sally Green Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Christabel George Gordon, Lord Byron - Manfred: A Dramatic Poem John Keats - Isabella, or The Pot Of Basil Charlotte Bronte - Rochester's Song To Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte - Retrospection Emily Bronte - R. Alcona To J. Brenzaida Emily Bronte - No Coward Soul Is Mine Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Sister Helen Christina Georgina Rossetti - Goblin Market William Butler Yeats - The Stolen Child Thomas Hardy - The Darkling Thrush Thomas Hardy - A Wasting Illness Anne Sexton - Briar Rose [Sleeping Beauty]
Suggestions For Further Reading In The Gothic Tradition
Blurb: The dark side of the literary imagination shadows the pages of this fearfully fascinating anthology of over two centuries of Gothic fiction and poetry in England and America. Keyed to an eternal chord of terror deep in the human psyche, these forty selections extend from an eerie ghost story by Daniel Defoe in 1706 through the haunted castles and man-made monsters, vampires and devils, ghouls and goblins, murderers and other embodiments of evil that mark the course of Gothic literature right up to today.
Together they demonstrate the abiding lure of the uncanny for writers of every period and style, and the power it continues to exert upon the modern reader. If you have a hunger for horror, THE EVIL IMAGE is both a perfect volume for shivery sampling, and an inclusive survey of an important and influential tradition
interesting to compare this selection with David Blair's Gothic Short Stories as it features several of the same authors. other than a recent rematch with Rats, it's been some time since i read M. R. James and it's something of a surprise to find he features in both books (Gothic Short Stories dusts off Canon Alberic's Scrapbook) - he's far from the first name that springs to mind when i think 'Gothic'. As far as personal preference goes, it's The Monk influenced/ derivative stuff that does it for me - the Mysteries Of Udolpho school can be a bit too frightfully proper and besides, i'd rather not have my seemingly supernatural occurrences explained away - but there's little of either on offer in the fiction here. there's probably not so much here you don't already have, but where The Evil Image does the business is in the lengthy introductions to each item.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.