Wimbourne Books presents the fifteenth in a series of rare or out-of-print ghost stories from Victorian authors. With an introduction by author Alastair Gunn, Volume 15 contains stories published in the second half of the Victorian age (1871 to 1900). Readers new to this genre will discover its pleasures; the Victorian quaintness, the sometimes shocking difference in social norms, the almost comical politeness and structured etiquette, the archaic and precise language, but mostly the Victorians’ skill at stoking our fears and trepidations, our insecurities and doubts. Even if you are already an aficionado of the ghostly tale there is much within these pages to interest you. Wait until the dark of the snowy night, lock the doors, shutter the windows, light the fire, sit with your back to the wall and bury yourself in the Victorian macabre. Try not to let the creaking floorboards, the distant howl of a dog, the chill breeze that caresses the candle, the shadows in the far recesses of your room, disturb your concentration.
Includes the stories; The Spectre Hand (1871)- James Grant; Fred Temple’s Warning (1873) - Ellen Wood; The Haunted House on Cambridge Common (1878) - Hezekiah Butterworth; Miss Morier's Visions (1879) - Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie; The Piper’s Ghost (1882) - Isabella Banks; Betty's Visions (1883) - Rhoda Broughton; A Dead Man's Face (1884) - Frederick John Fargus; The Brunswick Ghost (1887) - Sabine Baring-Gould; The Philosophy of Relative Existences (1892) - Frank Richard Stockton; Share and Share Alike (1892) - Robert Barr; The Studio (1892) - Robert Blatchford; Old Gervais (1893) - Mary Louisa Molesworth; The Double-bedded Room (1894) - John Douglas Campbell; St. Martin's Eve (1895) - Jeremiah Curtin; A “Mauvais Quart d’Heure” (1896) - Wilhelmina FitzClarence; The Voices of the Empty House (1896) - G. Villari; The Striding Place (1896) - Gertrude Atherton; The Shadows of the Dead (1897) - Louis Becke; Carleston Barker, First and Second (1898) - John Kendrick Bangs; The Creaking Board (1900) - Bithia Mary Croker.