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Dispatch: 23 January 2017
Book of Irish Weirdness: A Treasury of/øAnonymous/Paper/0806999365/S053-A1
This collection of 35 chilling stories from the emerald isle features imaginative writing by such Irish masters as Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Joseph Sheridan LeFanu and W. B. Yeats. Leprechauns, banshees, ghosts, giants, demons, and other time honoured subjects of Irish folktales take on a cryptic cast. A murderous magistrate transformed into a giant rat terrorizes a young student in Yeats's story, "The Judge's House". In Gerald Griffin's "The Brown Man", an innocent lass gets eaten by a wicked man who tricks her into marriage. And a wailing banshee haunts an Irish surgeon, portending terrible tragedy in "Hartford O'Donnell's Warning" by Charlotte Riddell. Other stories range from the creepy - like "The Blood-Drawing Ghost" by Jeremiah Curtin about a blood-thirsty ghoul risen up from the grave - the fanciful - like "Daniel Crowley and the Ghosts", in which spirits of the dead return from beyond to carouse with the man who made their coffins - to the curious - like D.R. McAnally Jr.'s "Satan as Sculptor", about the supernatural events behind a bizarre rock formation along the Clare coast. From Dublin to Cork to Donegal, these classic tales - most dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries - bring to life (or sometimes back from the dead) the landscapes, the lore, and fantastic creativity of the Irish.