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Occult Detectives – John Silence

In the closing years of the nineteenth century, around 800 weekly periodicals were published in Britain—and  240 of them regularly featured detective fiction! But Algernon Blackwood’s  John Silence wasn’t just an investigator but a mystic and clairvoyant, an adept in … Continue reading

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Haunted House Movies

The Haunting is a 1963 American supernatural psychological horror film directed and produced by Robert Wise and adapted by Nelson Gidding from the novel The Haunting of Hill House (1959) by Shirley Jackson. It stars Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard … Continue reading

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Spooky Story Writers – H. R. Wakefield. W.W. Jacobs, E. F. Benson

W.W. Jacobs In 1879, Jacobs began work as a clerk in the civil service, in the Post Office Savings Bank, and by 1885 he had his first short story published. His road to success was relatively slow: Arnold Bennett writing … Continue reading

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Movies for October – Dark Humor

Beetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-horror film directed by Tim Burton, produced by The Geffen Company and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The plot revolves around a recently deceased young couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who become ghosts haunting their former home. … Continue reading

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Occult Detectives – Carnaki the Ghostfinder

Carnacki the Ghost-Finder is a collection of occult detective short stories by English writer William Hope Hodgson. It was first published in 1913 by the English publisher Eveleigh Nash. In 1947, a new edition of 3,050 copies was published by Mycroft & Moran and included three additional stories … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve II Ghost Stories

“A sad tale’s best for winter: I have one of sprites and goblins.”      William Shakespeare A Winter’s Tale Act 2 Scene 1   My Christmas must have it’s ghosts and in having this tradition I am in good company. … Continue reading

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Movies for October – Kaidanshu on Film

Kaidan are the traditional ghost and horror stories  of the Edo period in Japan. Kaidanshu were originally based on older Buddhist stories of a didactic, educational  nature, although the moral lessons soon gave way to the demand for strange and … Continue reading

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