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A Phantom Lover
A Phantom Lover

A Phantom Lover

And Other Dark Tales by Vernon Lee

Edited by Mike Ashley, By Vernon Lee

Tales of the Weird


288 Pages, 7.5 x 5.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: November 2020

ISBN 9780712353816

Rights: US, CA, SAM & MX

British Library Publishing (Nov 2020)

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A long overdue resurrection of an author of inimitable and unique dark tales

During her lifetime, Violet Paget, who wrote as Vernon Lee, was referred to as "the greatest of modern exponents of the supernatural in fiction," and yet today she remains on the periphery of the genre. This collection of her uniquely weird short stories and dark fantasies proves why she was once considered among the best of the genre, and why she deserves to return to those ranks today. From modernized folk tales such as "Marsyas in Flanders" and "The Legend of Madame Krasinska" to ingenious psychological hauntings such as the titular "A Phantom Lover" and "A Wicked Voice," Lee’s own voice is just as distinctive and captivating—her weird imaginings just as freshly unsettling—as in her fin desiècle heyday.


"Lee is as dangerous and uncanny as she is intelligent, which is saying a great deal." –– Henry James

Author Biography

Mike Ashley is an expert on popular fiction of the 19th and 20th centuries who has published more than 100 books on the subject.