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4.0 out of 5 stars Country houses with dark secrets, 13 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Hauntings and Horrors: The Collected Ghost Stories of E. F. Benson (54 classic Edwardian tales of horror and the occult) (Kindle Edition)
E F Benson came from a distinguished literary family; his father was an Archbishop of Canterbury, and an older brother provided the words to 'Land of Hope and Glory'. This kindle book brings together several collections of his ghost stories, most written to a familiar pattern - narrator visits friend(s) living near/in a haunted house where he encounters supernatural happenings. These range from the disquieting - heavy footsteps, with no one there - to phantom slugs that attack people and rooms full of glowing caterpillars. In other stories, victims return from beyond the grave to expose or punish their murderers. The mise en scene tends to be the same - a country house, often in idyllic surroundings, but containing a dark secret.

Benson's range is thus quite limited, and for that reason the reader is advised to sample not more than two or three stories at a time. The very last tales show more variety, with seances/telepathy/telekinesis taking the place of hauntings. All are told at a comfortable pace, summoning up a picture of an orderly, comfortable upper middle class society encountering inexplicable and disturbing supernatural happenings. Best known is 'The Room in the Tower', in which a young man's nightmares are turned into reality in a series of events centred on the picture of a deceased woman.

Another Amazon bargain, to be leisurely savoured on a dark evening.
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