Hertford O’Donnell’s Warning – Charlotte Riddell (1867)

"Haunting and the appearance of specters or ghosts is one way [...] we are notified that what's been concealed, is very much alive and present, interfering precisely with those always incomplete forms of containment and repression ceaselessly directed towards us." (Avery Gordon xvi) Many a year ago, before chloroform was thought of, there lived an …

A Strange Christmas Card Game – Charlotte Riddell (1868)

"The dark days of Christmas are closely surrounded with weird beliefs which the long nights provide ample time in which to discuss the mysteries of the unknown, about the fireside." The Schools' Collection, Volume 0854, Page 032. by Dúchas © National Folklore Collection, UCD is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0. When, through the death of …

Charlotte Riddell – Further Reading and Resources

Biography Born in County Antrim in 1832, Charlotte Elizabeth Lawson Cowan moved to London with her mother after her father’s death. Much of her early work was published under pseudonyms F. G. Trafford, Rainey Hawthorne or R.V. M. Sparling and after marriage to Joseph Hadley Riddell in 1857, she used her married title – Mrs. J.H. Riddell. …