Short Stories
More Deadly Than the Male

by Graeme Davis, ed.
Pegasus Books, February 2019, $26.95

More Deadly Than the Male, edited by Graeme Davis, is an exciting anthology, deserving of far more analyses than I’m giving it here because it sits at the periphery of this column’s purpose. The stories included are more horror than mystery. The 26 tales were written by women and originally published between 1830 and 1908. There are the expected tales, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Edith Wharton’s “The Duchess at Prayer,” and the wholly unexpected: “Morton Hall” by Elizabeth Gaskell and Vernon Lee’s “The Hidden Door.” Each story is introduced by the editor with biographical information about its author and contextual information about the tale. This is an anthology that is as brilliant as it is entertaining, and will appeal to anyone with a fondness for dark fiction.

Ben Boulden
Teri Duerr
Davis, ed.
February 2019
Pegasus Books