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Arthur Conan Doyle was the greatest genre writer Britain has ever produced. Throughout a long writing career, he drew on his own medical background, his travels, and his increasing interest in spiritualism and the occult to produce a spectacular array of gothic tales. Many of Doyle's writings are recognized as the very greatest tales of terror. They range from hauntings in the polar wasteland to evil surgeons and malevolent jungle landscapes.

This collection brings together over thirty of Conan Doyle's best gothic tales. Darryl Jones's introduction discusses the contradictions in Conan Doyle's very public life - as a medical doctor who became obsessed with the spirit world, or a British imperialist drawn to support Irish Home Rule - and shows the ways in which these found articulation in that most anxious of all literary forms, the Gothic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781515931379
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Darryl Jones is Professor of English and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Trinity College Dublin, where he has taught since 1994. He has held Visiting Professorships at Dartmouth College, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, and Tongji University, Shanghai. He is the author or editor of over 10 books, including most recently the Oxford editions of the Collected Ghost Stories of M. R. James and Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson, as well as many articles on nineteenth-century and popular literature.

Date of Birth:

May 22, 1859

Date of Death:

July 7, 1930

Place of Birth:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Place of Death:

Crowborough, Sussex, England


Edinburgh University, B.M., 1881; M.D., 1885

Table of Contents

Note on the Text
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The American's Tale
The Captain of the 'PoleStar'
The Winning Shot
J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement
John Barrington Cowles
Uncle Jeremy's Household
The Ring of Thoth
The Surgeon of Gaster Fell
A Pastoral Horror
'De Profundis'
Lot No. 249
The Los Amigos Fiasco
The Case of Lady Sannox
The Lord of Chateau Noir
The Third Generation
The Striped Chest
The Fiend of the Cooperage
The Beetle-Hunter
The Sealed Room
The Brazilian Cat
The New Catacomb
The Retirement of Signor Lambert
The Brown Hand
Playing with Fire
The Leather Funnel
The Pot of Caviare
The Silver Mirror
The Terror of Blue John Gap
Through the Veil
How it Happened
The Horror of the Heights
The Bully of Brocas Court
The Nightmare Room
The Lift
Explanatory Notes

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