A Phantom Lover by Vernon Lee
Trade Paperback – British Library – Nov 2020 – 285 pages
During her lifetime, Violet Paget, who wrote as Vernon Lee, was referred to as “the greatest of modern exponents of the supernatural in fiction,” and yet today she remains on the periphery of the genre. This collection of her uniquely weird short stories and dark fantasies proves why she was once considered among the best of the genre, and why she deserves to return to those ranks today. From modernized folk tales such as “Marsyas in Flanders” and “The Legend of Madame Krasinska” to ingenious psychological hauntings such as the titular “A Phantom Lover” and “A Wicked Voice,” Lee’s own voice is just as distinctive and captivating & her weird imaginings just as freshly unsettling as in her fin de siècle heyday.