Damnable Tales - A Folk Horror Anthology

By Richard Wells

An illustrated collection of classic Folk Horror stories

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Man-Size in Marble

Hi there!

Fresh off the printing press once more, here’s my latest lino print for Damnable Tales. This time, it’s ‘Man-Size in Marble’ by Edith Nesbit, first published in the December issue of Home Chimes magazine, 1887. A newly married couple relocate to the country (always an unwise move where Folk Horror is concerned!), and fall foul of the local legend of the shapes “that walked in their marble”.

If you’ve seen the proposed contents page in the Unbound excerpt section, you’ll see this tale is a new addition. A few weeks back on Twitter, Unbound put out a call for people to suggest additional Damnable Tales. Two short stories by E. Nesbit cropped up: ‘From the Dead’ and ‘John Charrington’s Wedding’. While I enjoyed both tales, it was ‘Man-Size in Marble’ that leaped out to me while exploring her other work. I think I’ll keep the other new additions under my hat for the time being. Watch this space!

 

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