Next Tales of the Weird anthology due 20/01/2022
by Ellis Reed
According to tweets from British Library Publishing, Shadows on the Wall: Dark Tales by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman will be on sale from next week through various outlets, including Waterstones, Blackwell Books, independent bookshops, and the publisher’s own e-store.
The volume will collect the best of the author’s stories, ‘including two stories which have long evaded her anthologists.’ The publisher’s summary follows:
The disquieting tales of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman explore a world of contrast, where the supernatural erupts out of authentically drawn portraits of New England life. This is a world of witchcraft, secrecy, domestic spaces turned uncanny and ancestral vengeances inflicted upon the unfortunates of the present. Collecting the best strange tales – including ‘The White Shawl’, which was unpublished during her lifetime – this volume casts a light on an underappreciated contributor to weird fiction and the shadowy corners of a dark imagination.
Our reviewers have been following this series with pleasure, and it’s great to see the brand in good health as we enter a new year. Mark your diaries!