Polar Horrors - Strange Tales from the World's Ends

British Library Tales of the Weird

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Polar Horrors - Strange Tales from the World's Ends, edited by John Miller / From the British Library's "Tales of the Weird" series / ISBN 9780712354424 / 347-page paperback

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Fired up by the accounts of exploring parties in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, writers of the weird and supernatural began to construct a literary Arctic and Antarctic in which terrors lay undiscovered in the ice and gateways to bizarre hidden worlds were waiting. From James Hogg’s lurid North Pole narrative of life amongst polar bears in ‘The Surpassing Adventures of Allan Gordon’ to tales of mad science and ghostly visitations among the wind-blown expanse of the southern continent, this new collection showcases a wealth of neglected material and an overlooked niche of literature obsessed with the limits of human experience.

Pulp tales of alien forces emerging from the ice and a battle between hunter and invisible man-eating duck creature drift alongside modern horror from indigenous Arctic voices to show the extent and endurance of the lure of these sublime landscapes.

John Miller is Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of Sheffield. He is the editor of the Tales of the Weird anthologies Tales of the Tattooed: An Anthology of Ink (2019) and Weird Woods: Tales from the Haunted Forests of Britain (2020).

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