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)

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

A Classic Ghost Story for Haloween: Squire Toby’s Will by Sheridan le Fanu

Of course, there is nothing like a ghost story or tale of terror for Halloween. Perhaps they are best enjoyed in an isolated old house by a crackling open fire, with the wind howling outside and the rain beating against the windows, but a really impressive one can be almost as atmospheric to read in … Continue reading A Classic Ghost Story for Haloween: Squire Toby’s Will by Sheridan le Fanu

Stonehenge as a Backdrop for Novels

Just before Whitsun I went to see Stonehenge, staying a couple of miles away in Amesbury.  Oddly, although I have always lived towards the west of the UK, I had never got round to visiting. It was wonderful weather when we went. I had not expected there to be much atmosphere, given that if you … Continue reading Stonehenge as a Backdrop for Novels

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

‘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

‘Wintergreen’ by Mari Biella; Interview with the protagonist, Cat Armistead

The idlyllic English village below, complete with old fashioned telephone box , is unfortunately the location of a current murder investigation. The dead body of a local businessman, estate agent and wealthy landlord, Hugo Montbray, was recently discovered a local woods. I've bene lucky enough to be able to interview somebody actually staying in the … Continue reading ‘Wintergreen’ by Mari Biella; Interview with the protagonist, Cat Armistead