Ghosts in the Cloisters’ is a collection of short stories set in Oxford, which taps into the city’s rich history and folklore, in particular its ghost stories and urban myths. Although all of these tales share the setting of Oxford, this is not the traditional city of dreaming spires but a more gothic and otherworldly Oxford, whose inhabitants exist in a world touched by the supernatural and the unexplained. The people who are caught up in these stories come from every station and background: an initially light-hearted ghost tour of the city takes a sinister turn at an abandoned church; a schoolboy in the suburb of Blackbird Leys undergoes a terrifying transformation; one of the most venerable colleges in Oxford is visited by a celebrated figure from its past, many years after her death, and four students encounter a malign entity late one night while manning a telephone helpline.
What all of the characters in ‘Ghosts in the Cloisters’ share is a connection with Oxford and an experience which may be out of the ordinary, disturbing, frightening or ultimately life-changing. These are haunting tales to suit every theme and mood, full of delicious spooky thrills, spine-tingling moments; and even many darkly humorous elements; ultimately they all share the ability to unsettle the nerves and linger in the memory. Above all this is a collection which is intended to evoke the elusive spirit of Oxford – a place which is ancient, unique and has a tendency to leave a lasting impression on anyone that visits it.