Tryst – Elswyth Thane

tryst-albA novel about a young woman who, as tenant of an English country house, becomes fixated on a room she’s not supposed to enter, and the man whose room it used to be. 1939. Continue reading

The Uninvited – Dorothy Macardle

The Uninvited ALBA gothic novel about a grown brother and sister who move into their dream house on the cliffs of Devonshire, in spite of warnings that the house is haunted by its previous occupants. 1941. Continue reading

Fortune is a Woman – Winston Graham

Fortune is a Woman ALB

A novel about a claims adjuster who falls for a married woman who may or may not be involved in an insurance fraud. 1953. Continue reading

The Brontes Went to Woolworths – Rachel Ferguson

The Brontes Went To Woolworths ALB

A short novel about a family of girls who, though beyond the usual age for make-believe, happily live in a world populated by their collective imaginings. 1931. Continue reading

The Web of Days – Edna Lee

The Web of Days ALB

A gothic historical novel about a Yankee governess who goes to work on a decaying plantation during the early Reconstruction period. 1947. Continue reading

Nonsense Novels – Stephen Leacock

Nonsense Novels ALB

A collection of humorous short stories that parody popular genres like the sleuth story, medieval tale of chivalry, tragic Russian romance, and paranormal mystery. 1911. Continue reading

Wish Her Safe at Home – Stephen Benatar

First published in 1984; reissued by the NYRB in 2010

A novel about a middle-aged woman who inherits a house and is thrilled by the prospect of a new life, but somehow lets her enthusiasm carry her a bit too far. 1984. Continue reading