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The Dread Of Night

Release date: 5 August 2023
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Ghosts, derangements and strange happenings abound in Victorian fiction. Even more so in stories ... Read More

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Ghosts, derangements and strange happenings abound in Victorian fiction. Even more so in stories from the Raj written by English writers, overwhelmed, often unnerved, by the vast and alien land they ruled but could not quite come to grips with. To them, India’s jungles, village squares and railway stations—even their own colonial bungalows—bristled with the longdead, the undead, the unexplained and the terrible.

Women writers of the Raj brought greater imagination and skill to the spooky tale than men. And among them, Bithia Mary Croker and Alice Perrin were easily the best. This collection brings together, for the first time ever, the spookiest short stories of these mistresses of the Raj supernatural.

The khidmatgar of a derelict mansion is curiously always at his master and mistress’ service, but only after dark. A dead woman comes calling for her devoted husband, the Collector of a colonial outpost. An unwelcoming khansamah in a secluded dak bungalow hides a sinister secret. An ayah bewilders her mistress when she sings lullabies to her imaginary charge. A missionary ‘halfcaste’ Eurasian discovers the powers of a native goddess. And a stately hill station home comes to be occupied by a family of four, happy for the surprisingly low rent they must pay, until they discover why.

Drawing upon local legends, colonial records and Indian folklore, these gripping, atmospheric tales will send shivers down your spine and yet leave you craving for more.


Product Details

Title: The Dread Of Night
Author: Bithia Mary Croker
Publisher: Speaking Tiger
SKU: BK0479557
EAN: 9789354475665
Number Of Pages: 288
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 5 August 2023

About Author

Bithia Mary Croker (1849-1920) was a wellknown Irish author of her time. She was a notable writer of ghost stories, many of which are set in India, where she spent 14 years of her life. She was a prolific writer and published 42 novels, including Pretty Miss Neville (1883), The Company’s Servant (1907), The Road to Mandalay (1917), and seven collections of short stories including To Let, etc. (1893), Village Tales and Jungle Tragedies, etc. (1895), and The Old Cantonment and Other Stories of India and Elsewhere (1905).

Alice Perrin (18671934) was a notable author of the late 19th and early 20th century, well known for her novels and short stories in the horror genre. Most of her works are based on her experiences in India, where she was born and spent many years of her life. She published seventeen novels and several short story collections, the most well known of which were East of Suez (1901), The Anglo Indians (1912), The Woman in the Bazaar (1914) and Star of India (1919).

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