The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories

Title: The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories Vol.1 Writer: Edited by Tara Moore Publishing House: Valancourt Books Rating: 4 stars ‘’Imagine a midwinter night, an early sunset, a long drafty evening spent by candlelight. The season of Christmas coincides with the shortest days of the year and, for middle-class Victorians, a chance for…

Classic Ghost Stories

Title: Classic Ghost Stories Writer: Various Publishing House: Vintage Classics Date of Publication: October 12th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’If the picture within was bright and cheerful, the prospect was dreary enough without. The fairy forest of snow-wreathed trees, the white valleys and undulating banks of snow had vanished, and the rain dropped slowly and…

To Be Read at Dusk

Title: To Be Read at Dusk Writer: Charles Dickens Publishing House: Penguin Little Black Classics Date of Publication: March 3rd 2016 (first published 1852) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Τhe monstrous thought came into my mind as I perused the fixed eyes and the saturnine face, that this was a spirit, not a man.’’ Charles Dickens. The…

American Midnight

Title: American Midnight: Tales of the Dark Writer: Various, selected and introduced by Laird Hunt Publishing House: Pushkin Press Date of Publication: August 25th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’We have been put in the mood for ghosts, that evening.’’                                   The Eyes, Edith Wharton As this year’s summer approaches with remarkable hesitation, a different time for ghost stories begins. Ghost stories…

The Book Collector

Title: The Book Collector Writer: Alice Thompson Publishing House: Salt Publishing Date of Publication:November 5th 2015 Rating:5 stars ”Once I have owned a book I am longing for the next one. Collecting is a creative act. One of perpetual longing and desire. One is never fully fulfilled. Collections live in dread of satisfaction. There is that brief,…

Christmas Ghost Stories

Title: Christmas Ghost Stories Writer: Various Publishing House:The Folio Society Date of Publication: 2005 ”This ae nighte, this ae nighte, Every nighte and alle, Fire and fleet and candle-lighte, And Christe receive thy saule.” Lyke Wake Drige Lament Christmas is arguably the jolliest time of the year. Lights everywhere, bright ornaments, laughing children singing beautiful carols. Ages-old traditions…

Halloween Reads

Oh, it’s THAT time of the year again! Carved pumpkins staring at us with their mischievous smiles shining in the dark, orange-gold and red leaves and lights, children dressed as ghosts and witches, super exciting decorations providing excuses for us lovers of the Gothic aesthetics to fill our house with skulls and brooms and coffins….

The Turn of the Screw

Title: The Turn of the Screw Writer: Henry James Publishing House: Penguin Popular Classics Date of Publication: 1994  (first published October 1898) Rating: 5 stars “I seemed to float not into clearness, but into a darker obscure, and within a minute there had come to me out of my very pity the appalling alarm of his perhaps being innocent. It…

The Exorcist

Title: The Exorcist Writer: William Peter Blatty Publishing House: HarperTorch Date of Publication: February 1st 1994 (first published June 1971) Rating: 5 stars Obligatory classic poster -best in the History of cinema- photo is coming: The trip may be disturbing…Ye have been warned… Strange as it may seem, the first time I watched the film version of ”The Exorcist” was three years…

The Haunted Dolls’ House

Title: The Haunted Dolls’ House Writer: M.R.James Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication: 2008 (first published March 1923) Rating: 5 stars My first ‘’meeting’’ with M.R.James was through the marvelous Classic Ghost Stories series narrated by the living legend that answers to the name Robert Powell. The strange thing is that for some unknown reason I hadn’t actually read…

Chinese Ghost Stories

Title: Chinese Ghost Stories: Curious Tales of the Supernatural Writer: Lafcadio Hearn Publishing House: Tuttle Publishing Date of Publication:  September 10th 2011 (first published 1887) Rating:  4 stars “You will ask me who she was-beautiful Xue Tao…Gor thousands of years and even longer, the trees have been whispering over her stony bed. And the syllables of her name reach…

The Silent Companions

Title: The Silent Companions Writer: Laura Purcell Publishing House: Raven Books Date of Publication: October 5th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I am not dead.’’ Goodness me! How can I write a coherent (and non-spoilery) review on a book that has stayed with me, haunting me (no pun intended) ever since I started reading? A novel that has definitely made it…

The Ghosts (The Amazing Mr Blunden)

Title: The Ghosts (The Amazing Mr Blunden) Writer: Antonia Barber Publishing House: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Date of Publication: January 1st 1969 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Perhaps the strangest thing about the old gentleman was his upright walking, unbothered by the freezing raindrops.’’ Every summer, I revisit favourite books of my childhood. Most of them are children’s mysteries or…

Bird Box

Title: Bird Box Writer: Josh Malerman Publishing House: Ecco Date of Publication: March 1st 2014 Rating: 5 stars ”There are things out there that will hurt you.” Even though thrillers aren’t among my favourite reads, this one had all the right ingredients. A mix of Dystopian Fiction with a healthy dose of Paranormal and two extremely interesting main characters. It was creepy…

The Angry Ghost and Other Stories

Title:The Angry Ghost and Other Stories Writer: Peter Spokes Publishing House: Troubadour Publishing Date of Publication: February 28th 2018 Rating:2 stars ‘’Well, here we are again’’…, I started, ‘’…to share tales of the macabre, stories of ghostly happenings and narratives of things dark and beyond the grave.’’ This is a beautiful quote included in the first story of…

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

Title: The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories Writer: Angela Carter Publication House: Vintage Books Date of Publication: 1979 Rating: 5 stars “My father lost me to The Beast at cards.” A recent discussion with Konstantin-one of my best friends in Goodreads- prompted me to read this collection a little sooner than I had planned. And it was an utterly fascinating…

Dead Ends: Stories from the Gothic South

Title:Dead Ends: Stories from the Gothic South Writer: Edite by J.T. Ellison Publishing House:  Two Tales Press Date of Publication: September 28th 2017 Rating: 4 stars “It had been during the Autumn Awakening, a yearly festival when the town sets out candles and candy corn, filling the air with the scents of burning leaves and pumpkin-spiced everything. A…

Burnt Offerings

Title: Burnt Offerings Writer: Robert Marasco Publishing House: Valancourt Books Date of Publication: March 17th 2015 (first published 1973) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Drive by the house you’re interested in at night, I say. Watch the windows. See if anybody’s watching for you there. And then drive home with the dome light on, and check that back seat as often…

Fir

Title: Fir Writer: Sharon Gosling Publishing House: Stripes Publishing Date of Publication: February 9th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Once you’ve been out here for a while, you can see them. You can see them all. We have been out here for a long, long while.’’ The fir tree is a symbol in a distinctive array of cultures. In Celtic Mythology,…

The Winter People

 Title: The Winter People   Writer: Jennifer McMahon   Publishing House: Anchor  Date of Publication: February 11th 2014  Rating: 3 stars “Sometimes they’re angry. They hate being stuck.” This was one of my most anticipated scheduled reads for the year. It felt appropriate for the beginning of the winter, since November calls for stories with supernatural twists. The title and…