Minor Hauntings - Chilling Tales of Spectral Youth

British Library Tales of the Weird


Minor Hauntings - Chilling Tales of Spectral Youth, edited by Jen Baker / From the British Library's "Tales of the Weird" series / ISBN 9780712353199 / 317-page paperback


From living dolls to spirits wandering in search of solace or vengeance, the ghostly youth is one of the most enduring phenomena of supernatural fiction, its roots stretching back into the realms of folklore and superstition. In this spine-tingling new collection Jen Baker gathers a selection of the most chilling hauntings and encounters with ghostly children, expertly paired with notes and extracts from the folklore and legends which inspired them.

Reviving obscure stories from Victorian periodicals alongside nail- biting episodes from master storytellers such as Elizabeth Gaskell, M. R. James and Margery Lawrence, this is a collection by turns enchanting, moving and thoroughly frightening.

Jen Baker is a Teaching Fellow in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Literature at the University of Warwick and a Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath. Her research specialisms include monstrosity and childhood, death studies and folklore, with a focus on the spaces in which they intersect.

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