E. G. Swain (1861 – 1938) was a chaplain at King’s College, Cambridge where he was friends with ghost story grandmaster M. R. James. Inspired by James, Swain wrote several ghost stories of his own. All of these tales centered around the vicar Reverend Roland Batchel and his encounters with the supernatural at the church […]Read More THE STONEGROUND GHOST TALES BY E. G. SWAIN
Over the years I’ve read a lot of short horror fiction by many authors, both modern and classic. Recently that got me to thinking about which ones I would consider my favorites overall. To that end, I put together the following top ten list. I initially considered making it a top twenty list but it […]Read More MY TOP TEN FAVORITE HORROR STORY WRITERS OF ALL-TIME
Night has fallen. The tree is trimmed and glimmering its vibrant lights. You’ve warmed yourself a healthy dose of mulled wine as you sit before the warmth of the crackling fireplace. The scene is set. Now, it’s time for the telling of some eerie, festive ghost stories once again. (Listed in publication order) The Stories: […]Read More CHRISTMAS READING LIST VIII (2020)
A few years back I took a look at six short horror stories by legendary French author Guy de Maupassant (1850 – 1892). That post is available by clicking this link: https://horrordelve.com/2014/06/05/guy-de-maupassant/ . Since it’s been awhile, I decided it was high time to return to more works by him. The Stories: 1. “The Hand” […]Read More MORE GUY DE MAUPASSANT MACABRE TALES
I recently read a post by fellow horror blogger Jay Rothermel ( https://jayrothermel.blogspot.com/search?q=Ralph+Adams+cram ) where he looked at a couple stories by Ralph Adams Cram, and it got me thinking about my own love of Cram’s stories. Several years back I posted about the stories Cram included in his collection Black Spirits and White back […]Read More BLACK SPIRITS AND WHITE BY RALPH ADAMS CRAM
My haul of books from this Christmas. Lots of great reading ahead! Hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas!Read More Merry Christmas 2014!
An antiquary is either an expert on, or collector of antiques, or both. The protagonists in GHOST STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARY by M.R. James generally hale from this studious bunch, who tend to come into contact with some hideous spectral entity as a result of their antiquarian quests. Montague Rhodes James was born on August […]Read More M.R. James: The Grandmaster of Horror
I purchased the Wordsworth collection, IN GHOSTLY COMPANY by Amyas Northcote, because Amazon suggested it to me based on my previous purchases, mentioning him as similar to M.R. James. The Introduced of the book by David Stuart Davies gives some background on Northcote. Not an easy task, I’m sure, due to the obscurity of the […]Read More IN GHOSTLY COMPANY BY AMYAS NORTHCOTE