As I wrote the other day, I have given some organization to the remaining tellers of weird tales. In so doing, I have come up with six British women writers. These are in addition to four about whom I have already written. (Click on their names for links.) Here is an alphabetical list of all ten. The names in bold are of the authors about whom I will write in the next few days. I will take them in chronological order by birth.
- Marguerite Lynch Addis (1880-1948)
- Edith M. Almedingen (1898-1971)
- Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (1810-1865)
- Dorothea Gibbons (1902-1989)
- Violet M. Methley (1882-1953)
- G.G. Pendarves (1885-1938)
- Alicia Ramsey (1864-1933)
- Flavia Richardson (1897-1985)
- Mary W. Shelley (1797-1851)
- Lady Eleanor Smith (1902-1945)
I can't say that this list is complete, as there are dozens of tellers of weird tales about whom I know nothing. Most of these have either very common names and no fame as authors, or they used only their first and middle initials and, again, are otherwise unknown.
After I have finished this series, I plan to write about Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and her Gothic romance/proto-science fiction novel, Frankenstein. I have been reading this book and going to a book-club discussion of it. I also recently found an article of interest regarding the author and her book. All together, these things have helped me puzzle out a mystery concerning Mary Shelley and Frankenstein.
Text copyright 2016 Terence E. Hanley