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Ghosts of Geneva: Mary Shelley and The Animatron [Kindle Edition]

Kate Hoyland (Author)

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It was the most famous gathering in English literary history. In May, 1816, Lord Byron and Percy Shelley rented neighbouring house on the shores of Lake Geneva.

One rainy day, Byron came up with an idea - and one that was to change the course of literature. “We will each write a ghost story,” he declared.

His companions – the dazzling poet Shelley and his 18-year old mistress Mary, the handsome, neurotic doctor Polidori, and Byron himself – on the run from England after an incestuous affair – all took up the challenge.

Over the course of that wet summer by the shores of Lake Geneva, the novel Frankenstein – conceived by Mary Shelley after a nightmare – was born; while Byron began one of the first Vampire stories ever written.

But what happened to the original tales the brilliant companions told one other during the gloomy Swiss evenings? In the Ghosts of Geneva Kate Hoyland reconstructs them, and the fascinating events – and interwoven lives – of that extraordinary summer.

In the first of the "Ghosts of Geneva" stories, The Animatron, the young Mary Shelley is desperate for a grim tale to impress her talented friends. Haunted by the recent death of her baby daughter, she begins the story of Isidore MacFarlane: a man obsessed by the desire to cure the sick, who - by meddling with nature - is overcome by the darkness in his own soul.

Ghosts of Geneva is the first in a brilliant series of novellas certain to appeal to fans of classic English literature, devotees of Victorian historical fiction, and followers of historical novelists such as Sarah Waters.

Kate Hoyland is the author of the gripping novel, The Icarus Diaries. For many years she was a producer for the BBC World Service, specialising in Asian and International news. She now lives in London with her young son.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher.




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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 181 KB
  • Print Length: 35 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (2 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008H26ZVG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #895 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Period Recreation 16 July 2012
By Kate Barber
Kate Hoyland takes you right into the 19th Century with this gothic ebook. In a recreation of one of the most important literary meetings of the age, Hoyland writes a haunting and atmospheric tale, one that will stay with you a long time after you've finished the book. The author has clearly researched the genre and period throughly, but she wears her research lightly on her sleeve.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive to a fine literary legacy. 6 July 2012
By Charlie
To write in the style of such distinguished literary icons is quite an ask but Kate Hoyland is hugely sensitive to the legacy she follows. Skilfully mirroring the original early nineteenth century style of Mary Shelley nee Godwin, Hoyland builds an grim and unnerving atmosphere in the writers' house at Lake Geneva, perfectly setting the scene for the spine-chilling paranormal activity which follows. The naivety of the voice in Mary Godwin adds depth and a dash of warmth to the episode.


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5.0 out of 5 stars An eerie tale, beautifully written... 5 July 2012
By Natalie
On a rainy day four highly-gifted writers agree to devise horror stories for each other's entertainment. Tormented by personal tragedy and the dreams it induces, a young and self-effacing Mary Godwin (later to be Mary Shelley) dabbles with the idea and creates a truly creepy tale which eventually goes on to influence her infamous Frankenstein. Without wishing to give anything away, her creation is really worth discovering and the way Hoyland switched between Godwin's account of the weekend and her story-telling portrays a humble and raw talent. A great read, especially on a rainy day...