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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The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales. My favorite was Miss de Mannering of Asham which is a lovely anti-Heyer. 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.

Very enjoyable, for the most part.

The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales by Chris Baldick

I’ve taught stories out of this best Gothic collection of tales since the first edition came out in Perhaps the same enthusiasm, though. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

I have to say that I had a lot of fun reading this! Thanks for stopping by! This was my first foray into short stories of my own free will. I was an English major in college, and while I read many short stories, those were all assigned collections, and I actually didn’t get to do too much reading for fun you can tell what years I chriz to school by the amount of books I got to read.

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A beautiful, engaging anthology of Gothic tales. View all 12 comments.


Moogavani Pillanangrovi Kesava Reddy. 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. In the introduction, Baldick explains what the gothic genre is.

The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales – Chris Baldick – Oxford University Press

I have to add that this genre isn’t my favorite but that doesn’t mean i don’t enjoy a screaming skeleton every full moon or so. I will be reading this again someday.

They are organized by date, from earliest to the present, making it easy to see how the genre has evolved over time. Alejandra Pizarnik’s The Bloody Countess also deserves oxfoed for a warning if nothing else: Anthologies are always a mixed bag, but there were very few here I didn’t enjoy.

Brimming with tales of terror, suspense, and the uncanny, with dark th and even gloomier monasteries, The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales offers the first such collection devoted to this spine-tingling genre. And as a literature of crhis, I can see that it can appeal to certain types of writers, as well.

Five stars for the amount of representation of female authors and for the interesting selection of gothic tales from all over.

The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales

I went in thinking it would be the other way around, but I liked that the older stories had more variety in their subject matter with a more even balance between story and atmosphere essential to the Gothic talewhile the last few read more like gore fests and at least three were about vampires two out of three ain’t bad, in regards to that one. But the body that lay in John Hurst’s arms, among the mouldering coffins of the Hursts of Hurstcote, was perfect and beautiful as when he first clasped her to his arms, a bride.


Other than the stories I’ve already made some comments on through my updates, I’d like to mention Olalla and Sardonicus as stand-outs. As with all collections, you’ll love a few, be okay with most, and dislike a few too. Yet they gotnic 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.

Description The Gothic tale has been with us talees over years, and this collection illustrates the continuing oxxford of this fictional tradition from the late 18th balldick to the present day.

It’s hard to pick favorites in such a great collection, but when pressed, I’d choose: Oxford University Press, originally published talss Second edition While the Gothic tale shares some characteristics with the ghost story and tales of horror and fantasy, the present volume triumphantly celebrates the boom features that define this powerful and unsettling literary form.

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Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. The stories selected were obviously selected with care and are all great examples.