E. F. Benson has long been one of my favorite ghost story/weird fiction writers. His expansive index of spooky tales are as diverse as they are inventive. Although he’s not been entirely forgotten these days, I do feel he’s under-appreciated and deserves to be considered among the all time greats alongside Campbell, Blackwood, and Lovecraft. […]Read More 10 MORE E. F. BENSON EERIE TALES
Sparrowhawk (2010) is a novella by Paul Finch set during the Christmas season of 1843 England. It follows John Sparrowhawk, a veteran who served with the British Empire during the Afghan War. Despite his military heroics, Sparrowhawk’s life spiraled into turmoil afterwards. His wife died while he was away, and his subsequent gambling landed him […]Read More SPARROWHAWK: A VICTORIAN GHOST STORY BY PAUL FINCH REVIEW
This past week I was honored to have legendary podcaster and literary historian Jim Moon perform a reading of my short story “Christmas Wine” on his Great Library of Dreams podcast. I’ve long been a fan Jim’s podcasts, so it was extra-cool to hear him read a story of mine. As for the story itself, […]Read More FREE READING OF “CHRISTMAS WINE” SHORT STORY
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
The Halloween tradition continues! What follows is Horror Delve’s Eighth Annual Suggested Reading List for Halloween. Not all of these stories (listed by their publication date) take place on Halloween, but each evokes the proper feel for the season. Happy Reading and Happy Halloween! The List: 1. “Apparition” or “A Ghost” by Guy de Maupassant […]Read More HALLOWEEN SUGGESTED READING LIST VIII (2020)
I’ve often before mentioned my love for the Terror Tale series of horror anthologies edited by Paul Finch. I’ve already posted reviews of three other volumes here – each focusing on a different part of the U.K. – Terror Tales of the Seaside ( https://horrordelve.com/2018/05/07/terror-tales-of-the-seaside-review/ ), Terror Tales of the Lake District ( https://horrordelve.com/2019/04/08/terror-tales-of-the-lake-district-anthology-review/ ), […]Read More Terror Tales of Cornwall Review
FEBRUARY FANTASY MONTH I’ve toyed with the notion of writing a fantasy short story from time-to-time but as yet haven’t produced one. I’m curious what readers of this site would like to see my protagonist pitted against. I’m sidelining Dragons for this poll as they are already so well-represented in countless other tales. Below is […]Read More FANTASY CREATURE POLL
Born in England in 1872, Elliott O’Donnell lived quite the extraordinary life, possessing probably the most interesting bio of anyone featured here at Horror Delve. Among other things, he served in the British army during WWI, sailed on SS Elbe, was a schoolmaster, actor, a police officer in America during the Chicago Railway Strike of […]Read More ELLIOTT O’DONNELL
The final votes have been tallied to decided which creature best represents the Halloween season, and it ended up being very close between Ghosts/Phantoms, Wicked Witches and Dracula. The tie between Ghosts and Witches was only just broken a couple days ago. Most of the candidates received at least one vote, and there was even […]Read More GHOSTS AND PHANTOMS RULE HALLOWEEN!
If you could pick one monster that best represents the Halloween season which would it be?Read More WHO’S THE ULTIMATE HALLOWEEN ICON?