Edith Nesbit’s Tales of Terror

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Hugh Paxton’s Blog welcomes the latest from Anibalan. E Nesbit. For some reason I had assumed the E stood for Edward or something masculine. The E is an Edith! And why not? She writes beautiful stuff ( or did before she died) and the Railway Children is one of the best films made for children and adults both. It’s really touching. If you are lost for ideas for a Christmas movie to bring the family together The Railway Children is a must. Laughs, tears, anxiety, bravery, friendship, happy ending. It’s a corker!

I never read the Railway Children, and I didn’t read her ghost stories. But I read her stories about dragons and they were corkers!

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Edith Nesbit’s Tales of Terror

by anilbalan

Edith Nesbit, best known as the author of The Railway Children, The Phoenix and the Carpet, The Treasure Seekers and many other children’s classics, was also the mistress of the ghost story and tales of terror. She was able to create genuinely chilling narratives in which the returning dead featured strongly. Her flesh-creeping yarns included love that transcended the grave, reanimated corpses, vampiric vines, vengeful ghosts and a whole host of other dark delights. However, Nesbit’s vintage spooky stories, tinged with horror, are all told in a bold, forthright manner that makes them seem fresh and unsettling even when read now. There was even something striking and otherworldly about Nesbit’s appearance, for she was described by those who saw her as having ‘a long full throat and dark luxuriant hair’. For some unfathomable reason, although Nesbit is still a well-known author today, her contribution to the ghost story genre is virtually unknown and unremarked upon, for the most part neglected by publishers and out of print for years. While there is no clear explanation for this, given the unquestionable quality of her supernatural fiction, one possibility is that Nesbit has simply been pigeon-holed conveniently as a children’s author. As a consequence, her writings in other areas have perhaps by default been disregarded – a fate that, in my opinion at least, is undeserved.

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anilbalan | December 9, 2012 at 2:00 am | Tags: Edith Nesbit, Man-Size in Marble, The Railway Children | Categories: Horror, Short Story, Supernatural fiction, Writer | URL: http://wp.me/p1Pozr-iE

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3 Responses to “Edith Nesbit’s Tales of Terror”

  1. Freaky Folk Tales Says:

    These are some of the finest ghost stories ever written in my humble opinion, from ‘Man size in marble’ to ‘John Charrington’s wedding’. Sumptuous tales of terror, perfect for this season!

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