Couching at the Door

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Pickle Partners Publishing, 21 okt. 2016 - 199 pagina's
In this collection of dark, supernatural tales the esteemed author D. K. Broster gave full reign to her vivid imagination. Sometimes—as in “The Window” or “The Pestering,” or “All Soul’s Day”—these are what we might call ‘explainable’ ghost stories: apparitions or hauntings whose origin is to be found in some violent or unjust action in the past. Other stories, “Couching at the Door” and “From the Abyss,” have little or no explanation, even in supernatural terms. Add to these an elegant reworking of the Persephone myth, “The Taste of Pomegranates,” the downright bloodthirsty “Clairvoyance,” and the psychological studies, “The Promised Land” and “The Pavement” which so well merit the heading ‘Madness and Obsession’, and you have a collection to disturb and unsettle the strongest nerves.

Literary historian Jack Adrian describes Couching at the Door as “a pure masterwork, one of the most satisfying weird collections of the century”.

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Couching at the Door is an anthology of nine of D. K. Broster’s supernatural tales. The title story, first up in this collection, is not indicative of the author’s usual straightforward style. Here ... Volledige review lezen

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Only one duffer in this book for my money, and even then it's less of a duffer and more of a slightly hackneyed attempt at the haunted house story others have done better in the past (plus it has the ... Volledige review lezen

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Contents
FROM THE ABYSS 21
CLAIRVOYANCE 36
THE PAVEMENT 49
THE WINDOW 60
JUGGERNAUT 73
THE PROMISED LAND 87
THE PESTERING 104
THE TASTE OF POMEGRANATES 132

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Dorothy Kathleen Broster (2 September 1877 - 7 February 1950), usually known as D. K. Broster, was a British novelist and short-story writer. Educated at Cheltenham Ladies’ College and St Hilda’s College, Oxford (where she was one of the first students), she served as a Red Cross nurse during World War I with a voluntary Franco-American hospital. Broster’s first two novels, Chantemerle: A Romance of the Vendean War (1911) and The Vision Splendid (1913) were co-written with Gertrude Winifred Taylor. Following the war she returned to Oxford where she worked as a secretary to the Regius Professor of History and senior civil servants, and a number of further novels followed, including her best-seller about Scottish history, the Flight of the Heron (1925).

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