In the first decade of the twentieth century, Julian Hawthorne -- son of Nathaniel Hawthorne and not only a talented writer in his own right, but a writer who spent his entire life proving himself, over and over again -- in the first decade of the twentieth century, Julian Hawthorne collected his favorite weird stories from writers around the world and organized them, mostly geographically, for Scribners -- which published them in a series of "mystery" anthologies under the "Lock and Key Library" rubric. More rightly, the anthologies are Weird Fiction -- some of the stories are mystery; some would do well published as modern horror, or SF, or fantasy; all of them exquisite and of interest to modern genre readers. "Crimes Against Nature" was published as the Northern European Writers volume. It includes stories from Russian, Scandinavian, and Hungarian masters of the weird, including Alexander Sergeievitch Pushkin, Vera Jelihovsky, Feodor Mikhailovitch Dostoyevsky, Anton Chekhoff, Vsevolod Vladimirovitch Krestovski, Jorgen Wilhelm Bergsoe, Otto Larssen, Bernhard Severin Ingemann, Steen Steensen Blicher, Ferencz Molnar, Maurus Jokai, Etienne Barsony, and Arthur Elck.
(Jacketless library hardcover.)