‘Hurst of Hurstcote’ by E. Nesbit (1893). Collected in The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales, edited by Chris Baldick, Oxford University Press, 1992-3, approx. 10 pgs (p. 286-296). John Hurst is an odd young man; interested in the occult and with a haughty attitude, he doesn’t have many friends. His classmate, Bernard, however, finds Hurst… Continue reading Otherworldly October: ‘Hurst of Hurstcote’ by E. Nesbit
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell Raven Books, Bloomsbury, 2017, 364 pgs. In St. Joseph’s Hospital there is a female patient incarcerated. They fear she may have killed a number of people. She refuses to speak. Her skin is scarred. A new doctor encourages her to put pen to paper and tell her side of a… Continue reading Recent Reads: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
Following on from Sci-Fi September 2018, it’s Otherworldly October! Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, or whether you’re taking part in the other monthly challenge of Inktober this year (hello, me too!), it’s hard to deny that October is the perfect time of year to indulge in some of history’s spookiest stories, no matter what you’re planning this… Continue reading Welcome to Otherworldly October 2018!
Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers (Corvus, 2012, 511 pgs) When Christina Rossetti was a young woman, she inherited her father’s coveted – and cursed – pocket statuette. It bore within it the vampiric spirit of her long-dead uncle, author John Polidori, who, when summoned, begins to threaten the lives of those closest to… Continue reading Recent Reads: Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers
Crimson & Bone by Marina Fiorato (Hodder & Staughton UK, 2017, 314 pgs) London, 1853. Annie Stride stands on Waterloo Bridge ready to end her life. Destitute, trapped in prostitution, pregnant with child, and mourning the loss of her dearest friend, she plans to end her suffering when she is suddenly rescued by a mysterious young… Continue reading Recent Reads: Crimson & Bone by Marina Fiorato
The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle Van Arsdale (Simon & Schuster, 2017, 352 pgs) It was Alys alone who bore witness to the Soul Eaters when they entered her village one night and took the lives of all the adults present. Removed with the surviving children to a neighbouring isolated Puritanical town, where witchcraft is… Continue reading Recent Reads: The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle Van Arsdale