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

Review of Rhoda Broughton’s ‘The Game and the Candle’: A Romantic Novel With An Unhappy For Now Ending

These days, it is a firm convention of romantic novels that there must be a happy ending – otherwise, it confounds reader expectations. While some writers and readers hold out that a ‘happy for now’ is sufficient – ie, it is left up to the reader to decide whether the new found happiness between hero … Continue reading Review of Rhoda Broughton’s ‘The Game and the Candle’: A Romantic Novel With An Unhappy For Now Ending

Review of Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier: Vivid Atmoshere: A Shame About the Male Lead…

The atmosphere and the descriptions of the scenery were really good. The idea was original. It was well plotted overall. Generally, the characterisation is cleverly done. I also liked the heroine, who shows herself as generally brave and having integrity. I also liked the fact that the story was about ordinary people - well, they're … Continue reading Review of Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier: Vivid Atmoshere: A Shame About the Male Lead…

An Acronym for Remembering the Essential Points for Writing a Page Turner

< I made up an acronym while writing, to remind me of some essential points to remember when trying to write a page turner. FLASH. No; not as in a flasher. Actually, I suppose conjuring up an a mental image of one of those old school perverts would be as good a way to entertain … Continue reading An Acronym for Remembering the Essential Points for Writing a Page Turner

New Year’s Writing Resolution: Minimal Planning

It being New Year, and a time of resolutions – even during a dismal and lengthy pandemic – I am making several, and one in particular about writing. For those who have read my post a few weeks ago about ‘Planning for Pansters’ this will seem a bit of a repetition, because it is all … Continue reading New Year’s Writing Resolution: Minimal Planning

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

Interview of Harley Venn, Anti-Hero of ‘The Villainous Viscount’ by a Modern Interviewer…

https://www.amazon.com/Villainous-Viscount-Curse-Venns-ebook/dp/B01KXU8QUC Interviewer (trying hard not to stare at the anti-hero’s startling golden and athletic looks):  Lord Venn – that is the correct form of address for a viscount, I believe – it is a pleasure to meet you. Harley Venn (stooping to kiss her hand):  Charmed, Ma’am. You may call me anything you like, and … Continue reading Interview of Harley Venn, Anti-Hero of ‘The Villainous Viscount’ by a Modern Interviewer…

A Spoof Gothic Historical Romance Episode

Now for some comic relief. Who’s for a Gothic historical romance, full of anachronisms (which the re-cycled characters know too well). Scene: A castle in the wilds of Yorkshire, UK, on the moors.  Date – Regency [ A darkly handsome and brooding man appears  at the bolt studded door holding a modern electric torch. Although … Continue reading A Spoof Gothic Historical Romance Episode