win prizes
Search our site
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner Read the opening extract of the brand new Susie Steiner book before its publication on 05/04/2018

Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell, Laura Kranzler, Laura Kranzler


Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell, Laura Kranzler, Laura Kranzler

Elizabeth Gaskell's chilling Gothic tales blend the real and the supernatural to eerie, compelling effect. 'Disappearances', inspired by local legends of mysterious vanishings, mixes gossip and fact; 'Lois the Witch', a novella based on an account of the Salem witch hunts, shows how sexual desire and jealousy lead to hysteria; while in 'The Old Nurse's Story' a mysterious child roams the freezing Northumberland moors. Whether darkly surreal, such as 'The Poor Clare', where an evil doppelganger is formed by a woman's bitter curse, or mischievous like 'Curious, if True', a playful reworking of fairy tales, all the stories in this volume form a stark contrast to the social realism of Gaskell's novels, revealing a darker and more unsettling style of writing.

About the Author

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65) wrote her first novel, MARY BARTON, in 1848 as a distraction from her sorrow at the death of her only son in infancy. It won the attention of Dickens and was followed by 5 other full-length novels as well as numerous short stories and novellas. Laura Kranzler has written on Mary Shelley and Virginia Woolf and has published a novel.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

14th August 2000


Elizabeth Gaskell, Laura Kranzler, Laura Kranzler

More books by Elizabeth Gaskell, Laura Kranzler, Laura Kranzler
Author 'Like for Like'


Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd


416 pages


Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Short stories



Lovereading is like booking a holiday, you don't know what it will be like and it is a whole new experience.

Sue Burton

I 'Lovereading' because it lets me see what new books are around with a detailed synopsis and readers' reviews.

Judith Sharp

I love Lovereading because of its ability to connect people that love books & unite them in a friendly, stimulating & interesting community.

Megan Olwen William

What can I say, the clue is in the title Lovereading - and awesome books.

Sarah Davis

Their sending me my first book to review 18 months ago re-awakened my fondness for reading, since then I have purchased some real gems.

Barry Griffiths

The best new books on the market, reviewed honestly, to give your readers the best choices.

Julie Cook

It's a lively, independent website with reviews, recommendations and more - with a huge range of books available to buy in all formats.

Alison Layland

Lovereading is pitched at just the right level for all the various types of people who enjoy reading in its many forms.

Pam Woodburn