“Marsyas in Flanders” by Vernon Lee

“Vernon Lee” was the pseudonym of Violet Paget (1856-1935), a prolific author who was also a feminist and a pacifist. Paget’s supernatural fiction has been compared to that of M. R. James by Montague Summers, while scholar and critic Everett Bleiler noted that her stories “are really in a category by themselves…they deserve more than the passing attention that they have attracted.”

“Marsyas in Flanders” was written in 1900, and has been anthologized many times since. As you can see from the PDF below, we had already done a first pass on annotating this story, which means we fully intended to use it…right up until the final decisions. Although we ended up (regretfully!) not using it in Weird Women, we are still happy to share it with readers here.