Tormented by the nightmare of a family tragedy, Edward Parnell retreats into the ghost stories that entertained him as a boy. Embarking on a search for the authors, places and images from those stories, he travels across Britain, exploring the tales of a host of writers, including MR James, Algernon Blackwood, Lucy Boston and Graham Swift.
This is a fascinating and beautifully written book about a man exploring loss, memory, life and death, encountering tales of folklore, horror and fantasy and how and why they came to be written. Though it may not appeal quite so much to non-British readers, this book is nevertheless a captivating and thoroughly absorbing read that not only highlighted many of my own favourite authors but introduced me to several others.
A thoughtful, touching and enchanting book.
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