26 October 2021
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Melissa Edmundson, editor of Women’s Weird and Women’s Weird 2, has curated this selection of the best of Elinor Mordaunt’s supernatural short fiction. The stories blend the technologies and social attitudes of modernity with the classic supernatural tropes of the ghost, the haunted house, possession, conjuration from the dead and witchcraft. Each story is an original and compelling contribution to supernatural fiction, making this selection a marvellous new showcase for women’s writing in the genre.
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Elinor Mordaunt was the pen name of Evelyn May Clowes (1872-1942), a prolific and popular novelist and short story writer, working in Australia and Britain in the first thirty-five years of the twentieth century.
- ‘The Villa’, in which a Croatian mansion does things to its owners.
- ‘The Vortex’, in which a playwright is possessed, not in a good way.
- ‘Luz’, in which getting lost in London is made deadly by fog.
- ‘The Landlady’, in which a London house is haunted, benignly.
- ‘The Country-side’, in which witchcraft is not something to laugh at
- ‘Hodge’ (previously published in Women’s Weird) in which two adolescents bring a prehistoric man into their own time, and home.