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The Bell in the Fog and Other Stories

Gertrude Atherton

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Collection of short stories written by Gertrude Atherton

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ace turned towards a projecting rock over which his arm had fallen, upholding the body. The hand that had held the branch hung limply over the rock, its white reflection visible in the black water. Weigall plunged into the shallow pool, lifted Gifford in his arms and returned to the bank. He laid the body down and threw off his coat that he might be the freer to practise the methods of resuscitation. He was glad of the moment's respite. The valiant life in the man might have been exhausted in that last struggle. He had not dared to look at his face, to put his ear to the heart. The hesitation lasted but a moment. There was no time to lose.

He turned to his prostrate friend. As he did so, something strange and disagreeable smote his senses. For a half-moment he did not appreciate its nature. Then his teeth clacked together, his feet, his outstretched arms pointed towards the woods. But he sprang to the side of the man and bent down and peered into his face. There . . . Read More

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Of this collection, I read "The Striding Place," a very short, near perfectly crafted picture of horror. Quick, detailed, and quite unsettling, Atherton's offering deserves a place amind the horror greats.

This book was well written, with good characterisation but I just didn't care for it as much as the last book of scary stories. Most of these stories didn't really belong in a "tales of horror" type anthology but were stories about the sad lives of sad Americans. (Which was a bit disappointing)....more

This story was also in the Classic Ghost Stories book. This story is another scary sweet story lol. I loved it.

Some of these stories were really good, namely "The Dead and the Countess", "The Greatest Good of the Greatest Number", and my favorite, "Death and the Woman". That is to say that I especially liked the stories that dealt with death, although not necessarily in a supernatural way (the only supern...more

Gertrude Atherton--a protegee of Bierce--is a very good writer, and the three supernatural stories included in this collection of ten--"Death and the Countess," The Striding Place" and"The Bell in the Fog"--are fine examples of the genre.

"Death and the Countess" tells an atmospheric tale of an o...more

Grim Themes! Some good mild chills appropriate for dark cold nights. But nothing that'll keep anyone awake. Atherton was a prodigious writer during the Gilded Age. Glad to have discovered her! Must give a nod to Patton Oswalt for advertising one of her short stories via subscription service, eve...more

Some intriguing stories, but very dated. I generally like Victorian/Edwardian era fiction, but Atherton's language and stories seem very moldy and stilted. While I did enjoy some of the collection (particularly "The Tragedy of a Snob," "Death and the Woman," and "Talbot of Ursula," I think the st...more

This impressive classic is drenched in mystery, but what makes it really compelling is its scenic prose capturing the beauty in the darkness. It's eerie, but in a more subtle way than expected.

This book is a collection of the author's short stories originally published in 1905. This current edition on the top, front cover has: "Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural", which on the whole is misleading, since most of these stories have no supernatural elements in them (apart from the fi...more

Okay I will admit now this was hard work - the style of the book though beautiful just didn't sit well with me and although there were only about 170 pages it felt like longer.

Reading the preface Gertrude Atherton was quite a character and a most formidable one at that- not only was she well read...more

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