Review of ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’ A Free Ghost Story by Mari Biella

This is actually an image from the winter of 1962,but Mari Biella's ghost story gave me the sme sort of feeling.   Merry Christmas (as merry as you can, anyway!, in the circumstances of the resurgence of this wretched virus) to all readers. I posted on Twitter, offering to read and review a new indie … Continue reading Review of ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’ A Free Ghost Story by Mari Biella

Ten Classic Ghost Stories

While writing some ghost stories myself, I have been re-reading some of the ones I came across years ago by way of inspiration. I found most of these in collections on my parents’ bookshelves. I’ve no doubt that some of them came as part of job lots from auctions, which my mother used to fill … Continue reading Ten Classic Ghost Stories

A Tale of Terror for Christmas: The Terrible Vision in the Attic at Number 50 Berkeley Square

Berkeley Square is prestigious address, which from the 1930's until recent years was the premises of the antiquarian booksellers 'Maggs Brothers'. Back in the Victorain era, however, it had the reputation as the most sinister house in London. The story stared when a jilted elderly man who lived there became increasingly deranged. Reputedly, he did … Continue reading A Tale of Terror for Christmas: The Terrible Vision in the Attic at Number 50 Berkeley Square

‘The Old Nurse’s Story’ by Elizabeth Gaskell: An Excellent Classic Ghost Story for Christmas

A ghost story is always particularly enjoyable at Christmas.Last Christmas, I recommended ‘The Crown Derby Plate’ by Marjorie Bowen, a comically grotesque ghost story.A few weeks ago, I recommended a modern one – Mari Biella’s modern ghost story, the stirring  ‘Dark Moon Fell’ as excellent reading in the run up for Christmas.Here is one of … Continue reading ‘The Old Nurse’s Story’ by Elizabeth Gaskell: An Excellent Classic Ghost Story for Christmas