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The Darkness of a Christmas Eve: Ghost Stories Supernatural Mysteries & Gothic Horrors - cover

The Darkness of a Christmas Eve: Ghost Stories Supernatural Mysteries & Gothic Horrors

Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, George MacDonald, Saki Saki, Robert Louis Stevenson, Grant Allen, John Kendrick Bangs, Bithia Mary Croker, Florence Marryat, J.M. Barrie, E.F. Benson, Jerome K. Jerome, M.R. James, Algernon Blackwood, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sabine Baring-Gould, Frank R. Stockton, Fergus Hume, James Bowker, Thomas Hardy, Catherine Crowe, Katherine Rickford, William Douglas O'Connor, Leonard Kip, Catherine L. Pirkis, Lucie E. Jackson, Louisa M. Alcott, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Publisher: Musaicum Books

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'The Darkness of a Christmas Eve: Ghost Stories, Supernatural Mysteries & Gothic Horrors' assembles a chilling tableau of tales from the masters of the macabre and the architects of the gothic tradition. This anthology explores the spectral shadows cast by the festive lights of Christmas, contrasting the warmth of the season with the cold touch of the supernatural. The collection showcases a variety of literary styles, from the terse, haunting prose of short story to the densely packed emotion of longer, psychological narratives. Standout pieces weave complex themes of existential dread, moral ambiguity, and human frailty into their storylines, setting them against the backdrop of seemingly cheerful seasonal festivities. The contributing authors - a veritable who's who from the 19th to early 20th centuries - bring a rich diversity of backgrounds and literary philosophies to the collection. Figures such as Dickens and Stevenson find company with lesser-known but equally compelling voices like Katherine Rickford and Lucie E. Jackson, all unified by a fascination with the darker aspects of human nature and supernatural intervention. Their combined works not only align with, but also contribute uniquely to, the gothic and ghostly genres, cleverly utilizing the paradox of the Christmas setting to enhance the eerie and the uncanny. For aficionados of the classic literary arts, 'The Darkness of a Christmas Eve' offers a unique convergence of storytelling prowess and thematic depth. This anthology is not merely an assemblage of ghost stories; it is a multi-faceted exploration of the psychological landscapes that define the human condition, revealed through the lens of the supernatural. Readers seeking intellectual stimulation, as well as a thrilling textual experience, will find this collection a rewarding expedition into the diverse narrative interpretations of Christmas, spirit, and shadow.
Available since: 05/07/2021.
Print length: 1017 pages.

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