Rudyard Kipling wrote, “For the female of the species is more deadly than the male,” in his 1911 poem. It was not warriors or kings that need be feared, he suggested, but the women who worked in mischievous ways. Here editor Graeme Davis brings together ghostly horror stories penned by women from the long 19th century.
“November comes / And November goes, / With the last red berries / And the first white snows. / With night coming early, / And dawn coming late, / And ice in the bucket / And frost by the gate.” ~Elizabeth Coatsworth
It’s still 90 degrees here, with no end in sight, so it’s a bit hard to imagine days of sweaters and firesides are in the near future. There’s no way I could share my entire TBR list for fall, but one has to start somewhere…
The stories in the collection range from police procedurals to inheritance scandals to locked-room puzzles.
It’s what we obsessive readers do — make ever-longer lists of books we want to read. Looking ahead at the publishing calendar next year, here are some titles that have piqued my interest.
No wind, no bird. The river flames like brass. / On either side, smitten as with a spell / Of silence, brood the fields. In the deep grass, / Edging the dusty roads, lie as they fell / Handfuls of shriveled leaves from tree and bush. ~ “August” by Lizette Woodworth Reese
The unlikely team of Adolphus “Nine Nails” McGray and Ian Frey are on the case again. It’s not perfect, but it’s a strong second outing for the new novelist.