Review of ‘The Tryst’ by Michael Dibden (1989)

"'One of my patients thinks somebody’s trying to kill him,” Aileen Macklin says to her husband over breakfast. A psychiatrist with a fading marriage, Aileen is haunted by the glue-sniffing lad who comes to her in a panic, begging to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital for protection. Gary Dunn clearly needs help: ravaged by … Continue reading Review of ‘The Tryst’ by Michael Dibden (1989)

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

Re-reading ‘A Phantom Lover’ (or ‘Oke of Okehurst’ by Vernon Lee

    This is actually the third time I've read this, which has to be a compliment to the author. A fellow writer mentioned it not long ago, and the whole concept of a woman being infatuated with a ghost, and that made me eager to re-read it. I first read it in my early … Continue reading Re-reading ‘A Phantom Lover’ (or ‘Oke of Okehurst’ by Vernon Lee

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

Page Turners for the Run Up to Christmas: Review of ‘Dark Moon Fell’ by Mari Biella

  I finished this on Halloween – highly appropriately, as I don’t think it will be writing a spoiler to say that this is a real ghost story – and there is more than one ghost. But, as ever, Mari Biella’s style is subtle. No crowd of phantoms jumping out of cupboards here – and … Continue reading Page Turners for the Run Up to Christmas: Review of ‘Dark Moon Fell’ by Mari Biella

Halloween Post: ‘The Death of Lord Tyrone’ from Lord Halifax’s Ghost Book

It is nice to tell a spooky tale on Hallowe’en, and it is all the  more enjoyable to relate one which hints at an afterlife. One that contains a love story is the more intriguing. This is one of the stories from Lord Halifax’s collection of supposedly true anecdotes, and took place in the eighteenth … Continue reading Halloween Post: ‘The Death of Lord Tyrone’ from Lord Halifax’s Ghost Book

A Ghost Story for Halloween: ‘The Ghosts of Versailles’

As it is near All Hallow’s Eve, and thoughtful bloggers are producing ghost stories all about, it is up to me to come up with something. I meant to produce another ghost story or ‘tale of terror’ but the prosaic demands of getting my novel centred about the Peterloo Massacre out have put paid to … Continue reading A Ghost Story for Halloween: ‘The Ghosts of Versailles’

‘Rhiannon’s Tomcats’: A free short story by Lucinda Elliot for Halloween

  I wrote the following short story  (approximately 2,500 words)  a long time ago, about ten years at least, for a short story writing course.  I believe it was the only one the tutor praised and told me was worthy of publication: he and I did not share the same sense of humour, that's for … Continue reading ‘Rhiannon’s Tomcats’: A free short story by Lucinda Elliot for Halloween