From the Abyss

DK Broster


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Handheld Classics
9 August 2022
ISBN: 9781912766567

From the publisher

D K Broster was one of the great British historical novelists of the twentieth century, but her Weird fiction has long been forgotten. She wrote some of the most impressive supernatural short stories to be published between the wars. Melissa Edmundson, editor of Women’s WeirdWomen’s Weird 2, Elinor Mordaunt’s The Villa and The Vortex and Helen Simpson’s The Outcast and The Rite, all published by Handheld, has curated a selection of Broster’s best and most terrifying work.

From the Abyss contains eleven stories:

  • ‘All Souls Day’ (1907), in which a deadly enemy saves his soul.
  • ‘Fils D’Émigré’ (1913), in which a small boy sees across water and time.
  • ‘The Window’ (1929), in which a deserted chateau takes revenge on anyone who opens one particular window.
  • ‘Clairvoyance’ (1932), in which a katana wreaks its revenge.
  • ‘The Promised Land’ (1932), in which the worm turns deadly.
  • ‘The Pestering’ (1932), in whch an ancient curse traps its maker.
  • ‘Couching at the Door’ (1933), in which a spurned mistress becomes a familiar.
  • ‘Juggernaut’ (1935), in which a bathchair goes over the cliff.
  • ‘The Pavement’ (1938), in which the protectress of a Roman mosaic cannot bear to let it go.
  • ‘From the Abyss’ (1940), in which the survivor of a car crash develops a doppelganger.
  • ‘The Taste of Pomegranates’ (1945, previously unpublished version), in which the present-day enters the Palaeolithic.