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.
|Title:||The Dread Of Night|
|Author:||Bithia Mary Croker|
|Number Of Pages:||288|
|Country Of Origin:||India|
|Release date:||5 August 2023|
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).