My Article for The Spooky Isles looks at the strange traditions associated with St. Mark’s Eve. It certainly gives Halloween a run for its money!
Read the article here: https://www.spookyisles.com/2017/10/st-marks-eve/
Mr Denby looked on me with an air of displeasure.
‘I requested to see you, Mr Hunter,’ said he, ‘because I have heard something of your reputation. I am given to understand that you have some insight into matters of this kind. When I heard you were staying in the area it seemed fortuitous, and I am much obliged to you for coming so promptly.’ He paused here and drew himself upright with an appearance of inflated pomposity. ‘That being said I must confess I am rather surprised that you should bring your wife. It hardly seems to me to be a suitable discussion for a lady’ He turned a quizzical gaze upon that good lady. Louisa smiled serenely and said nothing. Though, knowing her as I do, I read a good deal in those blue eyes.
‘I assure you, sir, said I ‘That if I bring my wife in on your case it is not out of sentiment nor for the sake of companionship. My reasons are practical. Her knowledge is at least equal to my own and in certain matters of insight, I do not mind owning, she is my superior.’ Mr Denby looked unconvinced, and I fancied I saw the briefest flash of scorn play across his features. Continue reading
At the haunted auctions of Thornhill and Swift, where artefacts of the ghostly and the macabre are bought and sold, we learn of the statue entitled: ‘The Girl with the Roses’.
Charlotte Salt has always dreamt of marrying for love but when she receives a proposal she realises that romance isn’t always the deciding factor in the Victorian marriage market.
Married to the eligible but secretive George Avery, she finds herself cut off from her family and friends when her husband takes her to live in his isolated Derbyshire home.
Trapped in a loveless marriage, she finds her thoughts turning towards her brother’s newly returned friend, the handsome Charles Jameson. In failing health and increasingly troubled by strange sights and sounds, she cannot help recalling Jameson’s mysterious warning: “be on your guard.” What danger did he foresee?
As dark forces surround her, she contemplates the fate of her predecessor. What happened to the first Mrs Avery?
In a summer of storms, can anyone save her from the shadows?
A Gothic horror novella from the author of A Spirited Evening and Other Stories and The Haunted Chamber and Other Stories.
An article for www.spookyisles.com on supernatural warnings.
It’s 1925 and a young woman must decide whether to marry a good man she doesn’t truly love or pursue her dreams; it’s down to Victoria and The Lost Library to help her decide.
“In this Victorian tale, the lovely Isabella has two suitors interested in winning her hand.
When she picks a favorite, to what lengths will the other go in order to win her over?”
“No matter where you are in the world, there is a story that everyone knows. In every town, every village, there is a house no one sets foot in; a spectre in the woods that parents warn their children of; a local landmark whose history is stained with death. Shadows at the Door brings the whispered, hand-me-down horrors of thirteen such places together, to entertain and unsettle. The anthology will immerse you in the eerie locales of Durham, Norfolk, Derbyshire, Rugby, the Scottish Highlands, Toronto, Pittsburgh, New York, Rural Yorkshire, Lake Superior, Canterbury and Melbourne, so you can be scared all around the globe.”
Where to Buy:
Short story hosted by Shadows at the Door
Article about Derbyshire’s folklore links with the Devil
Article on the dark history of the village of Stoney Middleton http://www.spookyisles.com