This collection contains twenty of the very best supernatural tales from the golden age of the ghost story. It includes classics by some of the most esteemed writers of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, among them Sheridan Le Fanu, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ambrose Bierce, Washington Irving and M.R. James. Also included are neglected masterpieces of terror by the likes of William Hope Hodgson, Mrs B.M. Croker, Louisa Baldwin and Amyas Northcote. The stories themselves range from the quaintly wistful to the genuinely disturbing and, hopefully, will delight and surprise aficionados of the ghost story and newcomers alike. Each tale comes complete with a brief biography of the author.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Assembling such anthologies presents various challenges, not least finding the best stories and getting the mixture right. In order to put the stories in some kind of context, I have added biographies of the authors, concentrating particularly upon any experiences they had of an eerie or ghostly kind…
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Persevere. If sales flag, don’t be discouraged – start thinking about your next book.
David Pickering is a prolific author of both fiction and non-fiction. He has had books published by leading publishers on both sides of the Atlantic, titles ranging from dictionaries of theatre, folklore, music and language to books about superstitions, witchcraft, pantomime, first names, pirates, Ancient Egypt and jokes. Recent titles include anthologies of classic ghost and horror stories, classic short stories, the novel ‘And Stones Shall Dance’ and numerous short stories, some of them collected as ‘Things Lost and Other Short Stories’.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
For many years now I have helped organise and present evenings of Victorian and Edwardian ghost stories in a creepy location around Christmas. Having read hundreds of great chillers in connection with these evenings, many of them neglected by modern readers, I wanted to bring them back into the moonlight so that many more people would enjoy them.