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Essential Gothic, SF & Dark Fantasy
The mad March Hare, agitated White Rabbit and fierce Red Queen are beloved throughout the world and have long taken their place amongst the very greatest characters of the literary landscape. In this edition some of the original illustrations by Sir John Tenniel are featured to celebrate this popular and literary success.
Lewis Carroll followed the success of Alice in Wonderland with a story based around the movements of a chess board. Humpty Dumpty, the Jabberwock and Tweedledum and Tweedledee are just some of the inventive and original creatures that populate this later dreamworld, accompanied by a number of Sir John Tenniel’s original illustrations.
A powerful masterpiece from the gothic pen of Mary Shelley. Victor Frankenstein is a man of science obsessed with the idea of creating life. Eventually he creates a giant, human-like being out of a patchwork of corpses but his decision to abandon the monster leads to devastating consequences as it becomes determined to wreak its vengeance.
He swings through the trees, kills beasts with his bare hands and dwells under the sky…just who is this wild man? Edgar Rice Burroughs’ impassioned tale of the noble savage begins with a boy, orphaned and alone in the wilds of Africa, who is taken into the care of the apes and raised as their own.
The mysterious recluse Mr Griffin wanders into town, keeping his whole body hidden and shutting himself away with his scientific equipment. So begins another incredible tour de force by the master of science fiction H.G. Wells. When the village is besieged by strange thefts by an uncatchable thief, the clues might lie with the odd-acting stranger.
Oscar Wilde’s nightmarish tale gorges on pleasure and sin, corruption and vanity, as the handsome Dorian Gray's Faustian deal threatens his very soul. He will go to any lengths to keep his fleeting beauty and youth, but his painted portrait reveals the truth of his dark and twisted nature.
Arthur Lawford is meandering through a graveyard in a melancholy mood, brooding on his current illness, until he falls asleep against the tomb of suicide victim Nicholas Sabathier. Lawford hurries home only to be dealt a chilling shock: it is a stranger’s face that peers back at him from the mirror! A psychologically thrilling tale of the occult.
An English inventor has created an incredible machine which has the ability to hurtle through time. With no idea what to expect, the time traveller sets out on an epic adventure into the unknown. A classic in the Gothic Fiction series, with a new biography and Glossary of Victorian and Literary terms
A generations-old family curse and a demonic creature are the focus of this fantastic, supernatural mystery. An unknown monster lurking in the misty pine forests has plagued the Hammands for as long as they can remember, and when Oliver is savagely attacked, his sister acts in desperation to save him from madness or death.
Cylinders land on earth and the invaders, from Mars, vapourize the people of Earth. Houses and cities are soon destroyed in a spiral of violence, creating civil panic and mass evacuations before a foul black smoke is released by the aggressive alien force. H.G. Wells' classic tale of invasion is a great adventure story by a master storyteller.