Black Narcissus

Title: Black Narcissus Writer: Rumer Godden Publishing House: Virago Press (UK) Date of Publication: February 1st 2013 (first published 1939) Ratings: 5 stars ‘’Look at the eagles,’ he said. In the gulf eagles were flying, circling round one small spot in the air. Higher and higher they flew, but still they could not reach the…

Serpents in Eden : Countryside Crimes

Title: Serpents in Eden Writer: Various, edited by Martin Edwards Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: March 1st 2016  Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was a day of cloud, and the very air over the moors was grey, and the long waves of heather were dark as the black earth, the distant woodland…

Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars

Title: Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars Writer: Miranda Emmerson Publishing House: 4th Estate GB Date of Publication:  August 2nd 2017 (first published February 28th 2017) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Everything can be given a price if someone chooses’, her mother said. ‘It doesn’t have to make sense to us, Anna. So little of the…

Weird Woods: Tales from the Haunted Forests of Britain

Title: Weird Woods: Tales from the Haunted Forests of Britain Writer: Various edited by John Miller Publishing House: British Library Publishing Date of Publication: August 27th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’These are the aspects of our experience of nature that cannot be offset; the history of a place cannot be traded off against the history…

The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers: And Other Gruesome Tales

Title: The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers: And Other Gruesome Tales Writer: Jen Campbell (illustrated by Adam de Souza) Publishing House: Thames & Hudson Date of Publication: November 23rd 2021 Rating: 5 stars “It just so happened that the gardener did know of a house with a thousand rooms. It sat on the top of…

The First Person and Other Stories

Title: The First Person and Other Stories Writer: Ali Smith Publishing House: Hamish Hamilton Ltd Date of Publication: January 2nd 2008 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Williams Carlos Williams says that the short story, which acts like the flare of a match struck in the dark, is the only real form for describing the briefness, the brokenness…

The Ghost Factory

Title: The Ghost Factory Writer: Jenny McCartney Publishing House: Fourth Estate Date of Publication: March 21st 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’We called our situation the Troubles, and the longer it had dragged on the more fitting that genteel euphemism became. The murdering was sporadic but fully expected, like some recurrent, rumbling agony in your unmentionables….

Western Isles Folk Tales

Title: Western Isles Folk Tales Writer: Ian Stephen Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: February 1st 2015 (first published October 15th 2014) Rating: 5 stars “Where the Northern Ocean, in vast whirls, Boils round the naked, melancholy isles Of farthest Thule; and the Atlantic surge Pours in among the stormy Hebrides.”                                 Charlotte Bronté…

Out There:Stories

Title: Out There: Stories Writer: Kate Folk Publishing House: Random House Date of Publication:  March 29th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’By night our bones dissolve into our blood like sugar in tea. We sleep in anti-gravity pods with slick outer shells and vinyl interiors, our limbs held by Velcro straps, our torsos bound by cuirasses…

Ceredigion Folk Tales

Title: Ceredigion Folk Tales Writer: Peter Stevenson Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: May 1st 2014 Rating: 5 stars ‘’These stories are of another world, an Otherworld so familiar to the folk of Ceredigion 100 years ago; exotic and enticing, dark and dangerous, curious and comical, a world of the marginalised and misunderstood,…

Water Shall Refuse Them

Title: Water Shall Refuse Them Writer: Lucie McKnight Hardy Publishing House: Dead Ink Date of Publication: July 4th 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’There’s a special time of day, when light is caught in limbo. Dusk: that time when the twilight dips to a level where light and dark start to merge, and everything takes on…

Panics

Title: Panics (original title: Viens Writer: Barbara Molinard (translated by Emma Ramadan) Publishing House: The Feminist Press Date of Publication:  August 9th 2022 (first published 1969) Rating: 5 stars ‘’EVERYTHING BARBARA MOLLINARD HAS WRITTEN HAS BEEN TORN TO SHREDS.  The texts that follow were also torn to shreds. They were put back together, torn up…

Τhe Shape of Darkness

Title:The Shape of Darkness Writer: Laura Purcell Publishing House: Raven Books Date of Publication: January 21st 2021 Rate: 5 stars ‘’Shadows flee across the cobbles and climb up walls. Agnes has spent her life studying them, but she has not appreciated their sheer number until tonight. She sees shadows thrown by a dancing flame, the…

Offshore

Title: Offshore Writer: Penelope Fitzgerald Publishing House: Fourth Estate Date of Publication: March 28th 2013 (first published 1979) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I can’t do the things that women can’t do,’ she said. ‘I can’t turn over The Times so that the pages lie flat, I can’t fold up a map in the right creases, I…

Ιnto the London Fog: Eerie Tales from the Weird City

Title: Into the London Fog: Eerie Tales from the Weird City Writer: Various, edited by Elizabeth Dearnley Publishing House: British Library Publishing Date of Publication: August 20th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Like London fog itself, the power of the weird tale lies in its potential to suddenly shift from benign to baleful as the light…

Dead Relatives

Τitle: Dead Relatives Writer: Lucie McKnight Hardy Publishing House: Dead Ink Date of Publication: October 21st 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The garden lies quiet, as if it’s sleeping. Nothing grows this late in November, and everything is sad and grey. The only thing of beauty is the lake that lies at the bottom of the…

The Schoolhouse

Title:The Schoolhouse Writer: Sophie Ward Publishing House: Corsair Date of Publication: May 5th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The university library was housed in an unimposing corner of North London, halfway up the Holloway Road. A small campus occupied the grounds of a former landfill site and seagulls still circled overhead, drawn by the scent of…

Drift

Title: Drift Writer: Caryl Lewis Publishing House:Random House UK Date of Publication: April 21st 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A ripple. A disturbance on the sea that didn’t settle. Something that couldn’t be let go, and the warmth of the sun would magnify it into wind. And the wind would worry it until the weaves and…

Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales

Title: Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales Writer: Edited by Angela Carter, illustrated by Corinna Sargood Publishing House: Virago Date of Publication:  January 1st 2005 (first published 1992) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Little lady, little lady’’, said the boys, ‘’little Alexandra, listen to the watch, tick tick tick: mother in the room all decked in gold.’’…