“Introduction” – Peter Bell
“The First Wife”
“The Dead Mother”
“The Sea’s Dead”
“The Dead Tryst”
“The Death Spancel”
“A Bride from the Dead”
“A Sentence of Death”
“The Dead Coach”
“The Body Snatching”
“The Spancel of Death”
“The Dream House”
“A Night in the Cathedral”
“The Little Ghost”
“The Little Ghost” (Poem)
“The Picture on the Wall”
“The Fields of My Childhood”
“Sweet Singer from Over the Sea”
“Ghost Story of a Novelist”
Katharine Tynan (1859-1931) was born in Dublin and raised at Whitehall, the family home in Clondalkin. Her literary salon there attracted notables such as W. B. Yeats, with whom she formed a lifelong friendship. Tynan became a prolific writer, authoring more than a hundred novels in addition to memoirs and numerous volumes of poetry. Her works deal with feminism, Catholicism, and nationalism—Yeats declared of her early collection Shamrocks (1887) that “in finding her nationality, she has also found herself”.
- More on Katharine Tynan can be found in various issues of The Green Book
“An important work of literary recovery . . . whatever her theme, Tynan’s lovely, musical sentences carry a hint of Irish mist and melancholy.” – Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
“Of remarkably high literary quality . . . a great collection recommended to any good fiction lover.” – Hellnotes
“[Tynan’s] fiction is of a high standard, crafted in relatively simple yet still lyrical prose . . . a very assured craftswoman of the supernatural tale.” – Supernatural Tales
“Lovers of late Victorian and Edwardian ghost fiction will assuredly adore the restrained literary quality of these tales, shining golden, dust-mote beams of waning sunlight across forgotten rooms of half-glimpsed tenants.” – The Pan Review
The Death Spancel and Others by Katharine Tynan; cover art by Brian Coldrick; cover design by Meggan Kehrli; introduction by Peter Bell; edited by Brian J. Showers; copyedited by Jim Rockhill; typeset by Ken Mackenzie; published by Swan River Press.
Hardback: Published on 19 November 2020; limited to 350 copies of which 100 were embossed and hand numbered; xxiv + 200 pages; lithographically printed; dust jacketed; illustrated boards; sewn binding; head- and tail-bands; issued with four postcards; ISBN: 978-1-78380-035-3.
Paperback: Published on 3 October 2021; no limitation; print on demand paperback; xxiv + 200 pages; ISBN: 978-1-78380-754-3.