THE VILLA DÉSIRÉE AND OTHER UNCANNY STORIES by May Sinclair, Jacket art by Jason Zerrillo. Ashcroft, BC, Canada; Ash-Tree Press; 2008. 1st edition hardcover.
xx + 232 pp
PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2008.
MAY SINCLAIR (1863–1946) began writing the first of her 'uncanny stories', 'The Intercessor', in 1910, and it was published a year later, laying the way for the seventeen pieces collected in this volume. The stories are taken from three collections: Uncanny Stories (1923), Tales Told by Simpson (1930), and The Intercessor (1931).
Here you will find tales of psychological terror, ghost stories in their more familiar form, and stories which reflect Sinclair's own deep thought processes. You will be chilled by the evil Louis Carson and the Villa Désirée; touched by the need of a child in 'The Intercessor'; alarmed that the events in 'Heaven' might be real; and relieved that the murdered victim of 'The Victim' actually didn't mind being murdered at all.
The Villa Désirée and Other Uncanny Stories collects all of May Sinclair's supernatural, strange, and weird tales in one volume for the first time, and is complemented by Rebeccah Kinnamon Neff's detailed introduction.
CONTENTS: Introduction by Rebeccah Kinnamon Neff; Where Their Fire Is Not Quenched; The Token; The Flaw in the Crystal; The Nature of the Evidence; If the Dead Knew; The Victim; The Finding of the Absolute; 'Khaki'; Portrait of My Uncle; The Pictures; The Pin-Prick; The Bambino; The Mahatma's Story; Jones's Karma; Heaven; The Intercessor; The Villa Désirée.
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