The Bishop of Hell and Other Stories
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The Bishop of Hell and Other Stories

by Marjorie Bowen
Release date: 1949
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: horrorgothic horror, short stories, mystery

Marjorie Bowen (1885-1952) spent the early part of her working life providing for a demanding and ungrateful family. We are lucky that she did so, since among the results were these short stories of rare quality. In their use of dreams, ancient anecdote, and ruined or dilapidated buildings ('Florence Flannery', 'The Fair Hair of Ambrosine') they are at times in the finest tradition of The Castle of Otranto and the Gothic revival which had chilled the blood of the British public a hundred and fifty years earlier. But her stories are more subtle in their construction, and often use simple materials ('The Crown Derby Plate', Elsie's Lonely Afternoon'), interweaving their terror and mystery with the commonplace of everyday life. Their mastery of detail, sureness of expression and acute reading of human nature give them a sinister force, which is realistic and unnerving, yet at the same time tinged with pity and compassion.

Contents:

Florence Flannery
Kecksies
The Avenging of Ann Leete
The Bishop of Hell
The Crown Derby Plate
The Fair Hair of Ambrosine
The Grey Chamber
The Housekeeper
Elsie's Lonely Afternoon
The Extraordinary Adventure of Mr. John Proudie
The Scoured Silk (variant of Crimes of Old London — The Scoured Silk)
Ann Mellor's Lover

(updated 2018-09-02)

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