Haunted Houses : Two Novels by Charlotte Riddell Hardback
Edited by Andrew Smith
Part of the Tales of the Weird series
From the once-popular yet unfairly neglected Victorian writer Charlotte Riddell comes a pair of novels which cleverly upholster the familiar furniture of the `haunted house' story. In `An Uninhabited House', the hauntings are seen through the perspective of the solicitors who hold the deed of the property.
Here we find a shrewd comedic skewering of this host of scriveners and clerks, and a realist approach to the consequences of a `haunted house' - how does one let such a property?
Slowly the safer world of commerce and law gives way as the encounter with the supernatural entity becomes more and more unavoidable... In `Fairy Water', Riddell again subverts the expectations of the reader, suggesting a complex moral character for her haunting spirit.
Her writing style is succinct and witty, rendering the story a spirited and approachable read despite its age.
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- Pages:354 pages
- Publisher:British Library Publishing
- Publication Date:30/08/2018