Ghost stories have been terrifying us for years - and the tradition of women and the macabre goes back many years. Women like Mary Shelley and Ann Radcliffe popularized stories of the weird and uncanny. By the end of the nineteenth century the ghost story had been re-defined and developed by women like Mary Braddon and Charlotte Riddell. Now a collection of stories by Victorian women, who liked to terrify their readers has been published. To discuss women writers and the supernatural Jenni is joined by Patricia Duncker, Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Manchester & Mike Ashley; editor of ‘The Darker Sex: Tales of the Supernatural and Macabre by Victorian Women Writers’.
The Darker Sex: Tales of the Supernatural and Macabre by Victorian Women Writers edited by Mike Ashley is published by Peter Owen, SBN 978 0 7206 1335 3