Early Weird fiction embraces the supernatural, horror, science fiction, fantasy and the Gothic, and was explored with enthusiasm by many women writers in the United Kingdom and in the USA.
Melissa Edmundson has brought together a compelling collection of the best Weird short stories by women from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to thrill new readers and delight these authors' fans. The thirteen authors include:Charlotte Perkins Gilman, author of `The Yellow Wallpaper', with her story of a haunted New England house, `The Giant Wistaria' (1891). Margaret Oliphant's delicate story of ghostly possession, `The Library Window' (1897). Edith Nesbit's `The Shadow' (1910) about the peril of telling a ghost story after a ball. Edith Wharton's alarming story of Breton dogs and a jealous husband, `Kerfol' (1916). May Sinclair's `Where Their Fire Is Not Quenched' (1927), a story of a love that will never die. Mary Butts' `With and Without Buttons' (1938), a story of very haunted gloves. D K Broster's unholy story of a mistress's feathery revenge, `Crouching At The Door' (1942).