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Just the night for ghost stories...,
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This review is from: Aylmer Vance: Ghost-Seer (Wordsworth Mystery & Supernatural) (Paperback)
A collection of tales by Claude and Alice Askew featuring Edwardian ghost hunter Aylmer Vance.
I enjoyed this book, gaslight and ghouls are always a good match, and the stories are very readable. Vance is an amiable (if a touch Holmesian) character, more charming than Hope Hodgeson's 'Carnacki' but lacking the mystery of Blackwood's 'Dr John Silence'.
Unlike gothic writers such as Lovecraft or Blackwood, these are more 'traditional' ghost stories (with the odd vampire thrown in). The tales vary from grim tragedy, 'The Invader' to blatant romance, 'Lady Greensleeves'.
This is a slim volume (127 pages), and it seems to finish before the characters of Vance and his friend Dexter get the chance to develop. In addition, it would have been useful to have had an introduction, to give some background about the authors.
However, you can't pick about the price, and Vance is a worthy addition for any fans of gothic fiction.