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Randalls Round [Paperback]

Eleanor Scott
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11 Mar 2013


Presented within are nine examples of the finest horror and supernatural literature ever written. Inspired by a series of dreams and nightmares, Helen Leys, writing under the pseudonym Eleanor Scott, crafted these stories of suspense and terror, atmosphere and dread, in 1929 – and never again wrote in this genre; Randalls Round has not been available in the UK since that year.

Chilling tales of suspense, antiquity and sacrifice; spine-tingling stories of possession, ancestry, and evil. This collection of deliciously crafted, ghoulish tales are some of the most sought-after by aficionados of the genre and include the superlative ‘Celui-la’, ‘At Simmel Acres Farm’ and ‘The Twelve Apostles’. Over 80 years have passed since their original publication and the passage of time has left their thrall undiminished; these historic, macabre tales unsettle the modern reader just as effectively as their predecessors.

"An excellent Collection and one that is very welcome back into print." - Black Static

5 Stars - "Delightful English ghost stories"

5 Stars - "undeservedly obscure"

4 Stars - "A good, solid collection of tales for the ghost story connoisseur."

4 Stars - "A tentacle, both slimy and hairy"


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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Oleander Press The; 2nd edition edition (11 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0900891955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0900891953
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A tentacle, both slimy and hairy... 7 Mar 2013
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"Randalls Round" is a collection of 9 ghost stories, first published in 1929. In the title tale an Oxford student decides to spend some time in a Cotswold village where he is fascinated by the eerie folk dance performed by its inhabitants. Oxfordshire and the university's students (male and female) appear in other stories and their period slang adds to the reader's enjoyment.

The spirit of M. R. James is ever-present, as Scott alludes to ancient rituals and cursed antiquaries (accompanied, of course, by incomplete Latin inscriptions and documents written in early modern English). Scott, however, adds plenty of herself and the stories are lively, witty, and utterly chilling. It is a shame that these are the only ghost stories Scott published; however Oleander Press are to be praised for resurrecting them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghostly 8 April 2014
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This book is a must for all lovers of the traditional ghost story. Pity Eleanor Scott did not write others Cannot rate the book high enough .Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful English ghost stories 18 April 2012
By Suzanne Merideth - Published on Amazon.com
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What a pleasure to discover this "long lost" collection of classic English ghost stories! And many thanks to Ash Tree Press, for digitizing many of their limited editions for the Kindle.

Randalls Round collects nine stories by Eleanor Scott (a pen name of H.M. Leys) first published in the early 20 th century. The stories have a similar feel to those of M.R. James, and also reminded me of the weird tales of E.F. Benson. The tales are chilling, not gory, and many end at the crisis in the action -- sometimes ambiguously. I especially enjoyed these mysterious gaps and slight hints -- Scott leaves plenty of room for your own imagination and avoids the sometimes stultifying tone of some ghost stories. Her use of ancient folklore for the background in many of the stories is done with a light but devastatingly effective touch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars undeservedly obscure 7 Nov 2012
By chrisam - Published on Amazon.com
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A great collection of spooky stories by Ms Scott. I had never heard of her, and apparently this is her only volume in the genre. Highly recommended for fans of M.R. James or E.F. Benson.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good, solid collection of tales for the ghost story connoisseur. 1 Aug 2012
By John Feaster - Published on Amazon.com
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A nice collection of stories you've probably never read, with some really excellent pieces like 'Randalls Round', 'The Twelve Apostles', and 'At Simnel Acres Farm' (though "The Room" seemed too much of it's period to be really frightening)...but her characters often seem clueless in the extreme. The American in "Twelve Apostles" (a story that owes a lot to "Count Magnus" and "The Treasure of Abbot Thomas") finds these giant slime-trails leading from the haunted room he's ordered unlocked, and he very casually assumes they belong to a possibly man-sized slug...and just ignores them. Then in the otherwise excellent "Celui-là" Maddox sees this tall, gaunt...thing clawing at the ground, letting out a hideous cry "...like the howl of a dog." before running off at incredible speed while leaving no visible footprints...and again he just mutters "Of course it's impossible to tell in this light." before blundering into events that almost result in his death.

Still, it's a good collection...and most of the stories were worth the price. Give it a shot, won't you?
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks the punch or staying power of other classics like M.R. James 29 Mar 2014
By Ken - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a more obscure collection of classic horror stories. It is a must read for fans of the genre but it lacks the punch or staying power of other classics like M.R. James, explaining its relative obscurity.

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