Jun 12 - The Woman in Black - Susan Hill
First Class Horrors But Echoes of Writers Past?
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First class ghost story or a brilliantly written pastiche of a classic genre? - I can't make up my mind.
One thing is for sure, this is a really entertaining & enjoyable read. It's short and well-written. They are well-known ghost story ingredients - an isolated house, a spooky rocking chair & endless weather updates. But, blended together they really work.
The tale follows a young London lawyer as he seeks to put the affairs of a now empty home in order. Set against a background of marshland and rural superstition, he needs to unpick the mysteries of Eel Marsh House.
This a cracking ghost story of the old school. My advice is read it by candlelight, with an open fire & on a stormy night. The scares will work as well now as they always have.
Then, get onto Amazon the next day & track down more of the same - this time goe to the great ladies of old ghost stories such as Uncanny Stories (Wordworth Mystery & Supernatural) (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural) & The Bishop of Hell and Other Stories (Wordsworth Mystery & Supernatural) (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural).