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An enigmatic countess with a wicked past, a terrible crime, a shadowy Venetian palazzo and a grisly apparition demanding vengeance - all the ingredients for a vintage Gothic horror tale.

An eminent doctor is visited by a desperate woman with a question: am I evil, or insane?

When the letters from Italian servant to his wife in London suddenly cease, she is convinced he has been murdered.

In the darkened bedroom of a mouldering palazzo by the Grand Canal, an English lord sickens and suddenly dies.

How are these little mysteries connected? Spend the night in Room 14 of Venice’s finest hotel, and find out the truth – if you dare…

INCLUDES THE GHOST STORY ‘THE DREAM WOMAN’

Reviews

Alchemy, premonitions, disappearances, madness, supernatural sightings and even a whiff of incest combine...a pleasingly nasty affair

The Times

An atmospheric and ghostly evocation of a wintry Venice in the 1800s

Guardian

Wilkie Collins is the finest practitioner of the novel of sensation... he took the elements gothic fiction relied upon - secret lives, lovers, villainy - and moved them into the suburbs... here the genre fused with the already established crime novel and took it in a new direction, more familiar and more frightening

Daily Telegraph

Wilkie Collins [drew] on the conventions of blood and thunder melodrama but subtly let the reader know he's having fun with the game

Guardian

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784871154

    November 15, 2015

    Vintage Classics

    272 pages

    RRP $20.00

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  • EBook

    9780141900070

    October 27, 2008

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

    240 pages

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