Curious If True Author:Elizabeth Gaskell Virago Modern Classics 403 — Curious, If True: Strange Tales by Mrs. Gaskell — Selected and introduced by Jenny Uglow — MRS GASKELL — In these short stories, never previously published together; Mrs Gaskell (1810-1865) unleashes her fascination with the macabre and uncanny. — Terror stalks 'The Old Nurse's Story', as a little girl is menaced by myste... more »rious organ music and the spectral manifestation of ancestral hatred. There's a wicked bandit's savage pursuit of his wife and some curious cross-dressing in 'The Grey Lady', while the hysteria of Salem's witch trials dooms innocent Lois. 'The Poor Clare' is haunted by a mother's curse and the peculiar horror of a supernatural double. And, in the title story, a benign and playful magic works its spell in the heart of a nocturnal wood. These short fictions provide outlets for a strange and powerful imagination.
Stories Included: The Old Nurse's Story, The Poor Clare, Lois the Witch, The Grey Woman, Curious if True