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Posted on 15 Sep 2013 17:03:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Sep 2013 17:05:28 BDT
Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes, outstanding English Horror writer, edited the Fontana ghost story series (volumes 9 to 20) as well writing many fine short stories and novels.
Also some of the M.R.James ghost stories made for Christmas TV by the BBC such as "Room 13" & "A View From A Hill".

Posted on 29 Oct 2012 19:02:40 GMT
J. Turner says:
@will - agreed on the tv version of woman in black - fab! Haven't seen the remake so cannot comment. Also, have the book of harvest home, brilliant, but haven't seen the tv miniseries. Love 'ghost story'... Just ordered the beeb's 'ghost stories for christmas' boxed set, out in November. And also dvd of 'the innocents' with deborah kerr for halloween...

Posted on 27 Oct 2012 06:56:17 BDT
For a ripper scare I commend 'Ghost Story', starring Fred ASTAIRE and Alice KRIGE.

One of the best bits of the film is when the ghost / animated corpse { KRIGE } is standing naked at a window { a delightful rear view } and then turns to walk back into the room { a delightful front view }.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2012 15:24:48 BDT
Angela regan says:
Her fearful symmetry my Audrey wiffeneger is a good story. Not gory but interesting.

Posted on 14 Aug 2012 20:54:30 BDT
J. McAuley says:
The Haunting is a spooky movie classic. Get the original in B+W though, not the awful Catherine Zeta Jones re-make.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2012 06:48:05 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Aug 2012 07:16:40 BDT
Andy B says:
Try reading the novels of Jonathan AycliffeWhispers in the Dark or The Amityville Horror. Very spooky. Enjoy

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Aug 2012 09:27:28 BDT
ROGER says:
Thank you D.M. Wakely for the information regarding Harvest Home. I feel pretty sure this is the one.

I do have a problem, I,m new to computers and I have no idea how to get on to Youtube or to copy the film to disc.
1) Can you tell me how to do it?

2) Can you do it for me? I will of course pay you for doing it and postage, etc.

Thank you,

Roger Holton

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Aug 2012 09:26:42 BDT
ROGER says:
Thank you D.M. Wakely for the information regarding Harvest Home. I feel pretty sure this is the one.

I do have a problem, I,m new to computers and I have no idea how to get on to Youtube or to copy the film to disc.
1) Can you tell me how to do it?

2) Can you do it for me? I will of course pay you for doing it and postage, etc.

Thank you,

Roger Holton

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Aug 2012 09:25:08 BDT
ROGER says:
Thank you D.M. Wakely for the information regarding Harvest Home. I feel pretty sure this is the one.

I do have a problem, I,m new to computers and I have no idea how to get on to Youtube or to copy the film to disc.
1) Can you tell me how to do it?

2) Can you do it for me? I will of course pay you for doing it and postage, etc.

Thank you,

Roger Holton

Posted on 13 Aug 2012 00:12:41 BDT
The Little Stranger By Sarah Waters is a fantastic modern ghost story set in the 1940s.

Posted on 5 Aug 2012 21:56:10 BDT
D M. Wakely says:
If you want classic ghost stories (Victorian and Edwardian era), then it's best to go for an anthology such as The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (Oxford Books of Prose & Verse).

Some other obvious suggestions are: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, The Beckoning Fair One by Oliver Onions and The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. (You can probably find the last two online.)

Less obvious suggestions would be the three collections called Kaiki: Uncanny Tales from Japan. These are three excellent anthologies of Japanese ghost stories, quite varied in style, length and content, some quite delicate and subtle and others seriously weird and creepy. I've read the first two and I preferred the second - I'm saving the third for my holiday reading in a couple of weeks time.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Aug 2012 21:26:00 BDT
Will says:
Pauline Moran in the film -The Women in Black - scariest story ever.
No special effects - all done with atmosphere.
Don't go for the remake though.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2012 20:07:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Aug 2012 21:26:11 BDT
D M. Wakely says:
(Reply to Roger Holton) Is it Harvest Home? - book and TV miniseries in the 1970s, stars Bette Davis. It was shown on British TV in the late 1970s, but I don't think any DVD has been released, not in the UK anyway.

But - someone has uploaded the whole thing on Youtube.

Posted on 3 Aug 2012 16:55:39 BDT
M.R. James, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. Some of the finest ghost stories ever written. You might want to check out the BBC Ghost Stories for Christmas, which dramatised a lot of those. Also in films, try Below, Session 9 and Reeker.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2012 18:18:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jul 2012 18:21:50 BDT
LEP says:
Wilkie Collins - Woman in White (a classic)

Go onto Amazon Search, Books above and type in ghost stories, click on adult. It gives you a list. Do the same thing for Films/TV and again you get a list.

Posted on 27 Jul 2012 11:20:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jul 2012 11:22:52 BDT
ROGER says:
Does anyone remember the horror film about a woman who hired farm hands and eventually made them blind? The only thing I can definately remember was her saying "Reap the corn, Jason". Please help if you can, details, where to buy, etc,

Thank you.

R. Holton

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2012 22:20:32 BDT
Anita says:
I'm sure you'll get plenty of recommendations from other people, but I bet no one will suggest this one :)

Viy [DVD]

Initial post: 23 Jul 2012 21:55:21 BDT
L. Alison says:
I love reading ghost stories/ghost books and am needing more! Does anyone know some really good scary books please.
Also wanting some films, am going to borrow paranormal entity (think that's what it's called!) Any other recommendations please?
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