The Outcast Spirit: And Other Stories ePUB ✓

  • Paperback
  • 176 pages
  • The Outcast Spirit: And Other Stories
  • Emilia Francis Strong Dilke
  • English
  • 08 May 2016
  • 9781943813131

6 thoughts on “The Outcast Spirit: And Other Stories

  1. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    A million thanks yet again Anna The plain and simple fact is that I just loved this book; then again I'm strangely attracted to uniue and previously unknown to me anyway tales written by Victorian women writers The back cover blurb of this book says that there is nothing uite like the short stories of Lady Dilke in the annals of English literature and although I can't rightly say that I'm familiar with the entire annals of English literature I can say that the stories inside this short book are delightfully different from anything I've ever read This is one of the most strange and very best story collections I've ever experienced heightened by the sort of dreamlike uality hovering around each and every tale Don't let the fact that it's only a short 150 pages fool you this book is filled with some of the most complex tales I've ever encounteredThese stories in this book are highly allegorical and most are downright disturbing when you stop to consider what you've just read Some you'd swear were written during medieval times and most all of them are filled with some sort of supernatural elements at play which differ from story to story I will say that the author's somewhat archaic language is not always easy to get through and that if you think you can breeze through this book's short 150 pages in an hour or two and get the most out of it you'd probably be wrong It is as I like to say a thinking person's book one where I felt compelled to stop and consider what I'd just read after each story And while I'm neither a true book reviewer nor even talented enough to come up with any sort of meaningful overall analysis of this collection my casual reader self knows exuisite work when I find it and this is definitely itI think the best way I can describe this book as a whole is to say that there's an ethereal uality at work here that sort of blankets the reader in a hazy atmosphere of unreality; the reward is in discerning the actual reality that is hidden beneath the surface I don't often use the word beautiful to describe a book but it actually fits in this case Very highly recommended I live to find books like this one here at my reading journal

  2. Karl Karl says:

    This hardcover book is one of 60 copies printed and is not signed or numbered

  3. Brendan Connell Brendan Connell says:

    A strange masterpiece of dark fiction

  4. Seregil of Rhiminee Seregil of Rhiminee says:

    Originally published at RisingshadowLady Dilke's The Outcast Spirit and Other Stories is one of the most significant and most interesting short story collections of the recent years It's an especially intriguing collection to readers who love literary stories and beautifully written stories with supernatural elementsIt's great that Snuggly Books has published The Outcast Spirit and Other Stories because it's the first comprehensive collection of the author's short stories It contains all the stories from The Shrine of Death and Other Stories 1886 and The Shrine of Love and Other Stories 1891 save two stories and two additional stories which were published by Lord Dilke after her wife's deathAs Brian Stableford mentions in his introduction there's nothing else uite like these stories in the annals of English literature Although I'm not an expert on the whole of English literature I fully agree with this statement because the author's stories are clearly different from other stories They're fascinatingly dark morbid and otherworldly stories when compared to other Victorian Era storiesI have to mention that Lady Dilke was an almost totally unknown author to me prior to reading this collection I had heard of her and knew that she had written stories but I hadn't had an opportunity to read any of them I'm glad I could read this collection because it turned out to be excellent and fascinatingly exotic due to the strange nature of the storiesThis collection contains the following stories The Shrine of Death The Silver Cage The Physician's Wife A Vision of Learning The Black Veil The Secret The Serpent's Head The Voyage The Shrine of Love The Outcast Spirit Heart's Desire The Hangman's Daughter The Triumph of the Cross The Stainless Soul The Mirror of the Soul The Last HourI can honestly say that I don't recall reading anything uite like these stories ever before Although I've read plenty of literary fiction fantasy fiction and literary strange fiction I have to admit that these stories have striking originality and peculiar fascination that separates them from other Victorian Era stories They have a few elements in common with other stories but otherwise they're wonderfully original bittersweet and strongly GothicIn these stories elements of death sorrow love loss heroism and chivalry blend with beautiful prose in a lush way They also contain many medieval and supernatural elements They can be classified as dark fairy tales and allegorical fables with ethereal atmosphere because many of them have a fable like feel to themWhen I read these stories I noticed that there was something Poe esue about certain stories because they were strongly Gothic stories and featured dark happenings Some of the stories were slightly reminiscent of the bittersweet and touching atmosphere in HP Lovecraft's 'The uest of Iranon'Here's information and my thoughts about the storiesThe Shrine of Death A story about a girl who desires to know the secrets of life Her obsession grows worse when a witch tells her that she must marry Death in order to know the secrets of life A beautifully written story about obsession and deathThe Silver Cage In this story a devil becomes filled with longing to possess the soul of a woman when he hears her soul sing The woman's soul is hung up on the boughs of an acacia tree in a silver cage A beautifully written fairy tale kind of a storyThe Physician's Wife A story about a girl who becomes the wife of an aged physician who lives in an ancient castle in the Mountains of the Moors An atmospheric and intriguing story with an excellent endingA Vision of Learning A story about a boy who in his dreams has a vision of Learning The boy travels north in search of her I loved the way the author wrote longingly about the boy's yearning to find Learning and meet herThe Black Veil This a story about a woman who slays her evil husband and buys herself a veil of mourning which weighs heavily upon her An excellent story with a satisfyingly dark endingThe Secret A boy is obsessed with learning where the river comes from and where it goes He seeks the Snow maiden in order to find out the secret A wonderfully written melancholy fairy tale for adultsThe Serpent's Head A story about two women a girl and her mother who live alone in a castle by the Northern Sea A strong story in which the author touches upon such themes as loneliness isolation madness love and deathThe Voyage In this story a man who loves a woman and has said to her that no human power can part his soul from hers goes on a voyage A well written and atmospheric tale with a good endingThe Shrine of Love A beautifully written story about a girl who upon waking up notices that Spring has passed that way while she was asleep When she goes out into the garden she finds footprints there and knows that they have been made by the feet of Love She feels sorrow for not seeing Love and seeks the counsel of a wise woman I loved this story and found it fascinatingThe Outcast Spirit A memorable story about a girl who has been born of desire between the son of a great man and a beggar maid The author's vision of the girl's life is stunningly effective I was immediately impressed by itwhen I began to read this story This story has a satisfyingly dark endingHeart's Desire In this story a watcher in an ancient city notices that the Lords of the House of Whiteness are returning to the city An interesting and well written storyThe Hangman's Daughter The events in this stunningly written story take place in ancient France where the kingdom is divided against itself and heavy trouble can be found throughout the land This is an intriguingly complex story about the downfall of a man who is knight This is without a doubt the strongest and most memorable story in this collectionThe Triumph of the Cross An excellent and complex historical story involving the Saracens and the Christians I consider this story to be one of the best and strongest stories in this collectionThe Stainless Soul This is a story about a good and fair girl with a stainless soul A beautifully written story with a religious undertoneThe Mirror of the Soul In this story a woman has a secret chamber in which she looks at her face in the mirror The mirror was given to her by her mother who was a great enchantress This is a fascinating story that will impress readersThe Last Hour A story about a woman who comes to the gate of the grave and waits there for the Angel of Death A beautiful and well written storyHere are a few additional thoughts about some of the stories'The Shrine of Death' impressed me with its stunning story I found myself fascinated by the girl's obsession with the secrets of life and how her obsession grew worse as she found an old church The author wrote excellently about the girl's life and how she met her fate in the church because the story is infused with Gothic imagery and macabre beauty'The Physician's Wife' is an interesting exploration of how a young girl's life changes from happy to bitter when she is married to an aging physician who takes her to his remote castle The author writes strikingly about what kind of a fate befalls the woman and what happens between her and the disciple of his husband'The Secret' is a beautifully written story about a boy's interest and obsession in finding out the secret of where the rives comes from and where it goes This story is a splendid and approriately melancholy fairy tale for adults It has uiet power that will charm its readers'The Shrine of Love' is one of the most beautiful short stories I've read recently The author's way writing about the girl who seeks to look upon the face of Love is fascinatingly vivid because she writes well about the girl's detemination and her life There's a strangely solemn and wistful undertone to this story that I found intriguing'The Outcast Spirit' is one of the best stories in this collection because it's a memorable account of a what happens to a girl who has been born of desire between the son of a great man and a beggar maid The author paints a strong picture of what life is like for the girl because of her parentage Her parentage and what happened to her parents seems to have doomed her whole life'The Hangman's Daughter' is another excellent story I found myself enjoying the author's storytelling and her way of describing what happened in ancient France and how life in the kingdom was anything but peaceful The author's vivid imagery brings this story to life'The Last Hour' is a beautifully written story about a woman who waits for the Angel of Death to come to her She longs for rest which only the Angel of Death can give her I liked the ending of this story because it has solemn beautyI love the author's archaic prose and complex writing style because it strongly emphasises the fable like atmosphere This kind of prose is not often seen in speculative fiction except in old tales some of which are difficult or nearly impossible to find so this collection is a somewhat exotic reading experience and will please those who love archaic prose Reading this kind of prose may take a bit of effort on the reader's part but once you get used to it you'll find it deeply compellingThese stories can either be read in one sitting or they can be read separately over a period of days I recommend reading them separately because that way you'll be able to think about their contents and you'll get the most out of them Although at first glance they may appear to be entertaining stories they have plenty of depth and layers If you like to think about what you've just read you'll find these stories entertainingThe introduction by Brian Stableford is excellent because it contains useful information about Lady Dilke and her life during the Victorian Era By reading it you'll gain insight into the storiesI like the cover image because it fits this collection perfectly The cover shows Adam en Eva 1638 by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn Rijksmuseum AmsterdamI highly recommend Lady Dilke's The Outcast Spirit and Other Stories to uality oriented speculative fiction readers and readers who enjoy reading Victorian Era stories because this kind of fiction is beautiful complex and a bit difficult to find nowadays Because the stories in this collection are filled with powerful imagery strong Gothicness archaic prose beauty melancholia and supernatural elements it's a memorable and rewarding reading experienceHighly recommended

  5. Andrew Fairweather Andrew Fairweather says:

    Damn I must be stupid or something but I am not enjoying these “weird stories” Lady Dilke is my second attempt after Leonora Carrington at finding something comparably weird and twisted as Gautier’s short stories but I just can’t sink into this Some of the stories at the beginning are pretty interesting explorations of the relationship of knowledge to death—I felt I had found my writer Unfortunately as the book goes on the stories get and obscure and meandering the Outcast Spirit the title story is an exception which is uite good and I just didn’t have the patience reuired to pick apart the significance which I’m sure is buried here somewhereI don’t really know what makes good “weird” fairy tale like fiction Angela Carter’s first collection of stories was incredible but ‘The Bloody Chamber’ didn’t do it for me Carrington was a disappointment despite the curious imagery and Dilke became and confused in my mind as the stories progressed Yet Gautier was a hit for mePerhaps the real problem is I don’t know what I’m looking for Here I am comparing writers who had different projects I’m sure and sometimes wrote in different centuries Hopefully I can refine what I’m looking for a little in the futureDilke is for somebody just not me

  6. Paul Paul says:

    These stories are uite something Dark fables written in a prose that reads like a modern spelling of some Old English prose romance rich in symbolism and filled with beautiful haunting imagery They are akin to eerie dreams translated into prose ones that sometimes steer into pure nightmare territory Very first story already serves as excellent example of this as it is eerie and dreamlike from the very begging and gradually transforms into truly chilling nightmare uite a few of these stories achieve that this gradually growing feeling of dread and of inevitable tragedy and they achieve it such a manner that their peak points are all the potent for it Not all of Lady Dilke's fictions are like that not always will things end on this dark and tragic note for the men and women that haunt them but they are always permeated by ethereal eeriness Darker ones are dark indeed though the relentless bleak tragedy of The Serpent's Head or The Outcast Spirit can be almost exhausting in its own way Even the positive ones are best enjoyed slowly one at a timeMost of them are short affairs these small morsels of dark beauty But longer stories are also the most striking most potent ones

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The Outcast Spirit: And Other Stories[Epub] ➜ The Outcast Spirit: And Other Stories Author Emilia Francis Strong Dilke – There is nothing else uite like the short stories published in 1886 1891 of Lady Dilke in the annals of English literature and even readers who have little sympathy with their stylistic affectations a There is nothing Spirit: And MOBI ñ else uite like the short stories published in of Lady Dilke in the annals of English literature and even readers who have little sympathy with their stylistic affectations allegorical pretensions and harrowing conclusions are likely to admit that they have a peculiar fascination Those who find some resonance in their psychological ambience might easily think them touched with genius The simple fact that they are so unusual is a great asset in itself from the viewpoint of lovers of exotica but they are not peculiar merely for the sake of cultivating unconventionality The Outcast PDF or Seen as an assembly in fact their visionary element acuires an extra dimension of coherency and also manifests a marked evolution from the slightly tentative experimental ventures of the stories in The Shrine of Death to the triptych of masterpieces constituted by The Hangman's Daughter The Triumph of the Cross and The Mirror of the Soul which are truly remarkable works considered individually but gain even from being placed in the broad frame provided by this the first comprehensive collection of the author's fiction.

About the Author: Emilia Francis Strong Dilke

Emilia Francis Lady Spirit: And MOBI ñ Dilke née Strong was an English author art historian feminist and trade unionist.