Thursday, 14 January 2021

The Third Ghost Book - Lady Cynthia Asquith

 


A classic collection from 1955, this is very much about comfortable, middle class ghosts.  The writers reek of middle-classness, their prose overdone and their imagination limited.  Lady Cynthia herself is by far the worst.  There are, however, some gems amid the dross - a story by Robert Aickman I hadn't come across before ("Ringing the Changes"), Marghanita Laski's solitary classic ("The Tower"), and one by a writer unknown to me ("The House in the Glen" by John Connell).  Otherwise, I'm afraid to say, not worth the bother.

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