Tales from the Unexpected

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What’s a nice author like you doing in a collection like this?

Tales from the Unexpected provides a truly eerie reading experience, by collecting together uncanny and supernatural stories … by authors famous for writing very different genres. Fans of Cranford will find a gothic tale by Mrs Gaskell inside, whilst anyone who knows and loves the Mapp and Lucia novels might be surprised by E.F. Benson’s contribution to the ghost story tradition. We’ve found Jerome K. Jerome taking a break from the Three Men in a Boat to yarn about grudges from beyond the grave, whilst Edith Nesbit and Louisa May Alcott are vying with each other to tell tales of which Professor Bhaer would definitely disapprove.

Living Alone

Amazingly, given the Benson clan’s reach, Stella Benson is not a relation of Erewash Press favourite EF Benson (of Mapp and Lucia fame).

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In wartime London, bombs rain down on a churchyard whilst two witches duel in the sky. A charity committee is disrupted by a magical visitor. A mysterious woman offers to rent rooms in her boarding house only to people who never receive visitors or take taxis. Stella Benson’s fantastical novel Living Alone was published just after the First World War, but presents a startling vision of that era.

Scenes of women do-gooding in committees and hunkering down during air raids will be familiar to readers of mid-century women’s fiction, but those usually don’t also include Harold the sentient broomstick, a witch bringing Spring at her fingertips, or a dragon overseeing a fairy farm. www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N3BH0VX

The Princess and the Goblin and the Princess and Curdie

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Our first release, The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and Curdie is a compilation of two intriguing short novels by the Victorian writer George MacDonald. A huge influence on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton and later fantasy authors, these books combine fantastical storylines with suprisingly radical ideas for their time. The stories feature a young princess, an invading horde of goblins, a poetic miner and a white-haired, shape-shifting woman who might hold the key to the universe.

I saw the bright shadow coming out of the book and resting there, transforming all common things and yet itself unchanged.
C.S. Lewis on reading George MacDonald

For readers of Narnia…

…we have a pair of short fantasy novels, written by a Victorian theologian who was a powerful influence on Lewis’s fiction.  There is a witch with white hair, some angry goblins, a magic secret only the heroine can see, and animals that can very nearly talk.

 

George MacDonald’s The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and Curdie are bizarre, fantastical, and profound tales.  Our edition includes both novels, with a pair of essays exploring their approach to fantasy, their style and their theology, for a very reasonable price.