Weird horror, but make it ladylike: D K Broster's From the Abyss

Weird horror, but make it ladylike: D K Broster's From the Abyss

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D K Broster was a great British historical novelist, but few remember now that she was also a master of horror. Discover From the Abyss.

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D K Broster was one of the great British historical novelists of the twentieth century, but her Weird and horror fiction - some of the most impressive supernatural short stories to be published between the wars - has long been forgotten. Melissa Edmundson, editor of Women’s Weird, Women’s Weird 2, Elinor Mordaunt’s The Villa and The Vortex and Helen de Guerry Simpson’s The Outcast and The Rite, all published by Handheld Press, has curated a selection of Broster’s best and most terrifying work. From the Abyss contains eleven powerful stories, including:

‘The Window’, in which a deserted chateau takes revenge on whoever opens one particular window.

‘The Pavement’, in which the protectress of a Roman mosaic cannot bear to let it go.

‘Clairvoyance’, in which the spirit of a vengeful Japanese swordmaster enters an adolescent girl.

‘From the Abyss’, in which the survivor of a car crash is split psychically in two.

‘The Pestering’, in which a cursed hidden treasure draws its victim across centuries to find it.

Melissa Edmundson will be talking to Kate Macdonald of Handheld about how she selected the stories, what the images and preoccupations that Broster's work reveal and how Broster wrote pure horror in a very ladylike guise.

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