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Mrs J H Riddell

(Charlotte Elizabeth Riddell)
Ireland (1832 - 1906)

Charlotte Elizabeth Lawson Cowan was born in a small town near Belfast. When her father died, she and her mother were left with limited means. Unable to survive in such reduced circum-stances, they decided to move to London, where Charlotte might earn a living as a writer.

After her mother's death in 1857, Charlotte married Joseph Hadley Riddell, a civil engineer. When he died in 1880, leaving her with substantial debts, she increased the output of her pen to pay them off. Like many of her female writer contemporaries, Riddell-the author of more than 50 novels and stories-was the chief support for the household. She had no children.

Riddell was one of the first women to write fiction about London City life and the world of business. She also wrote children's stories, tales of her native Ireland, and supernatural tales. In 1868 she became part owner and editor of St. James's Magazine.

Genres: Horror
   The Haunted House at Latchford (1872)
     aka Fairy Water
   The Uninhabited House (1875)
   The Haunted River (1877) (with Charlotte Riddell)
   The Disappearance of Jeremiah Redworth (1878)
   The Nun's Curse (1888)
   Maxwell Drewitt (1979)
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Series contributed to
Anthologies containing stories by Mrs J H Riddell
Short stories
Banshee's Warning (1867)
A Strange Christmas Game (1868)
Forewarned, Forearmed (1874)
Hertford O'Donnell's Warning (1874)
Nut Bush Farm (1882)
The Old House in Vauxhall Walk (1882)
Old Mrs Jones (1882)
The Open Door (1882)
Sandy the Tinker (1882)
Walnut-Tree House (1882)
The Last of Squire Ennismore (1888)
A Terrible Vengeance (1889)
Why Dr Cray Left Southam (1889)
Conn Kilrea (1899)
Diarmid Chittock's Story (1899)

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