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The Nightmare and Other Tales of Dark Fantasy

by Francis Stevens

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Francis Stevens (Gertrude Barrows Bennett) was the first american, female fantasy writer. She wrote a few novels and short stories between 1917 - 1923. A. Merritt and H. P. Lovecraft were both fans of her writing. Her main themes are lost worlds, psychic possession, a Poe homage, etc. A wild imagination. Highly recommended. ( )
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Slithering from these pages are never-before-collected tales of suspense and wonder by the woman who invented modern-day dark fantasy: A man goes quietly to bed aboard the doomed Lusitania and awakens on a magical South Pacific Island just as the passenger liner is torpedoed. In a future where women rule the world, a sentient island becomes murderously jealous of a shipwrecked couple. Dire consequences await a human swept into the dark, magical world of elves. A deadly labyrinth coils around the dark heart of a picturesque landscape garden. Within an Egyptian sarcophagus lies the horrifying price of infidelity. Swirling unseen around us are loathsome creatures giving form to our basest desires and fears. A beautiful, veiled medium may hold the key to preventing unspeakable evil from slipping through the borderlands between life and death. On a lost island a woman pipe player and her monstrous dancing partner bring death and terror to five adventurers.
 
The stories in this collection have played an integral role in the development of modern dark fantasy, greatly influencing such writers as H. P. Lovecraft and A. Merritt.

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