George Fraser, a lonely, timid fellow, lives in a dream world of gangsters, gunfights and beautiful women. He begins to imagine himself as the toughest gangster of them all to bolster up his feeling of inferiority. But George boasts once too often - and to the wrong person. From that moment on, harmless George is caught up in a deadly net of intrigue, and finds himself committing the deadliest act of all ... 'An intelligent and harshly revealing piece of work with not a little serious penetration and power' The Times
A darkly luminous new anthology collecting the most terrifying horror stories by renowned female authors, presenting anew these forgotten classics to the modern reader. Readers are well aware that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein: few know how many other tales of terror she created. In addition to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote some surprisingly effective horror stories. The year after Little Women appeared, Louisa May Alcott published one of the first mummy tales. These ladies weren’t alone. From the earliest days of Gothic and horror fiction, women were exploring the frontiers of fear, dreaming dark dreams that will still keep you up at night. More Deadly than the Male includes unexpected horror tales by Louisa May Alcott and Harriet Beecher Stowe, and forgotten writers like Mary Cholmondely and Charlotte Riddell, whose work deserves a modern audience. Readers will be drawn in by the familiar names and intrigued by their rare stories. In The Beckside Boggle, Alice Rea brings a common piece of English folklore to hair-raising life, while Helene Blavatsky, best known as the founder of the spiritualist Theosophical Society, paints a picture of A Witch’s Den as vivid as any vision conjured up by the great pulp writers. Edith Wharton’s great novel The Age of Innocence won her the Pulitzer prize, yet her horror stories are known only to a comparative few. Readers will discover lost and forgotten women who wrote horror every bit as effectively as their male contemporaries. They will learn about their lives and careers, the challenges they faced as women working in a male-dominated field, the way they overcame those challenges, and the way they approached the genre—which was often subtler, more psychological, and more disturbing.
British secret agent Susan Collis is shot whilst on a mission in Croatia, and retires to Scotland under an assumed identity of Ann Cameron to manage a sporting estate owned by a successful London businessman, Anthony Barron. Ann falls in love with Anthony and the pair marry, but her happy settled life in the Highlands and London is disrupted when she and her former colleague, Rose Armstrong, discover evidence of corruption in Ann’s old department in the MOD. And when the life of Susan’s former partner and close friend, Jess, is put in danger, Susan decides to return to work to uncover the truth about the numerous threats, both foreign and domestic, which imperil not only their lives, but also the security of the nation. Their investigation identifies a criminal in the MOD and a double agent within MI6 whose threats are removed.
At least one of them is mad, they're all bad, and most of them are dangerous to know. They're a first 11 with a difference – 11 Australian women criminals whose names and reputations are synonymous with lawless, dangerous and often violent behaviour. Sadistic killers and a corpse mutilator; an armed robber and a matriarch; drug dealers and escape artists – all dressed in skirts and high heels. Their exploits have become the stuff of legend over recent decades, often overshadowing the crimes of their less colourful male counterparts. A couple of them are irredeemably evil, others more misguided than malevolent. A number of them turned to crime because they loved the wrong men; others because they couldn't abide the boredom of a conventional, nine-to-five existence. They include a tragic figure who murdered all four of her children, a meat worker who turned her home into an abattoir, and a quiet librarian who pulled off Australia's only aircraft-assisted prison break-out.Brought together for the first time between the covers of one book are unforgettable figures like The Lesbian Vampire Killer, The Boot Bitch, The Matriarch, and The Angel of Death...
THEY'LL LOVE YOU TO DEATH! James Bond's bad girls. Wicked queens of ancient myth.Bisexual vampire women. Teenage temptresses. Deadly dinosaur dames in fancifulfur bikinis. Golden princesses of porn. And many, many more. They were the wicked women of the 1960s and 1970s. Whilethere have always been femme fatales in films, no one had ever believedanything like this pop-culture revolution could be possible, as overnight the'new freedom of the screen' came into being. Censorship was out. Nudity was in. The golden age of the wicked woman lasted for two fulldecades. During that time, B-movies and exploitation flicks, as well asHollywood A-movies and international cinema, played host to a remarkable arrayof deliciously deadly females who had two things in common: They were all drop dead gorgeous and they promised devotedfans “the desired death.” Rich with rare photos, filled with previously unknowndetails from the private lives of the very real women who incarnated thesefantasy femmes, here is the ultimate encyclopedia of their on- and off-screenadventures. DOUGLAS BRODE is a novelist, graphic novelist, screenwriter,playwright, and multi-award-winning journalist. He created and taught the FilmClassics program at Syracuse University until his retirement in 2013.
She was going to kill. There was nothing she could do to stop it. The more she thought of her own cruel upbringing, the more she failed to shame herself about committing murder. She could not control her hunger.... Part of the TRUE CRIME series, this book gives insight into the dark minds of some of the world's most sinister women.
The phenomenon of the female serial killer has been increasingly capturing the public's attention. This book tells the stories of these women, from childhood to their obsession to kill. From the court case to the psychiatrist's reports, it explores the caverns of the female serial killer's mind.
The intriguing phenomenon of the female crime writer is explored in an account of the Grandes Dames of the traditional detective novel, D.L. Sayers, Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh, with a chapter on Josephine Tey and consideration of many others. These women, who were of strikingly similar backgrounds, all lead lives which were similarly peaceful, conventional, conformist and 'respectable. But something gave them such violent imaginations and made them excel in what might seem a most unlikely field.