14 September 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.
Stories in The Villa and The Vortex include:
- ‘The Villa’, in which a Croatian mansion does … things to its owners.
- ‘The Vortex’, in which a playwright is possessed, though 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 their home.
You may also be interested in these supernatural collections
Women’s Weird: the original anthology edited by Melissa Edmundson, but is it the best? Contains thirteen excellent supernatural stories encompassing the boundaries of Weird, and showing what women could write. Includes stories by Edith Wharton, May Sinclair, Margery Lawrence and E Nesbit.
Women’s Weird 2: our second anthology edited by Melissa Edmundson, this collection of short supernatural fiction from 1893 to 1937 covers new geograohical territory with fiction from Canada, Australia, India, the USA and New Zealand.
British Weird: edited by James Machin, this collection of short supernatural fiction from 1981 to 1937 displays an unsettling mastery of Weird preoccupations.