Today’s short story recommendation is The Terror of Blue John Gap by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.I wanted to plug a Conan Doyle story because when you think of ghost story and horror writers Conan Doyle’s name isn’t necessarily one of the first to spring to mind. Due to the phenomenal (and richly deserved) success of his Sherlock Holmes series much of his other work is overlooked. I may write a small monograph on the subject 😉 .
I have chosen The Terror of Blue John Gap not because it is the scariest of Conan Doyle’s stories; there’s likely much scarier ones I could have chosen. No, I chose this one because he takes a slightly unusual step of setting it in a real place in Derbyshire. I am from Derbyshire myself, behold the link. So, I am plugging this one out of regional loyalty 😉
If you’ve never heard of Blue John it’s probably not surprising; it’s pretty rare. Wikipedia has an article on it here if you want to check it out, or you can just read the story.
Find out what nocturnal terror is lurking in the Blue John Gap.
This story is part of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Tales of Terror and Mystery