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    NEW In Ghostly Company  Amyas Northcote This is probably the best book of ghost stories that could written by someone who has a love for the form a serviceable style and n

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    read & download ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB µ Amyas Northcote Amyas Northcote µ 3 review review In Ghostly Company Uninspired if competent collection of classic style ghost stories and haunts Mostly fun but forgettable with only Mr Oliver Carmichael rising above average Typical Yule Log yarnsIt appears that almost every middle class English speaking person between 1850 and 1940 must have tried to write a dozen Jamesian ghost stories

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    review In Ghostly Company Amyas Northcote µ 3 review NEW In Ghostly Company  Amyas Northcote Wordsworth reprints several classic story collections by great horror writers of the past  One such collection IN GHOSTLY COMPANY by Amyas Northcote was suggested to me by due to some previous purchases  It mentioned him as similar to MR James who is a favorite of mine  I received it for Christmas this year and read it straight through  The Introduction by David Stuart Davies that begins the book gives some background on No

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    Amyas Northcote µ 3 review NEW In Ghostly Company  Amyas Northcote Usually when I as a lover of short stories buy a new book mind it not borrow it I follow certain principles which are 1 The author should be known to me either through his works that I have read or whose works have been r

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    NEW In Ghostly Company  Amyas Northcote read & download ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB µ Amyas Northcote Brickett Bottom is one of my favorite ghost stories having read it before in some anthology and been haunted by it ever since

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    NEW In Ghostly Company  Amyas Northcote This collection of supernatural stories are different from the stock Victorian style An enjoyable read

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    read & download ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB µ Amyas Northcote Amyas Northcote µ 3 review review In Ghostly Company Truly an unjustly ignored writer of the weird tale it is a shame he did not have greater output Often compared to M R James Northcote has a style of his own James is in a class by himself and Northcote brings his own style to the genre Though conventional in a few places his style is smooth and moves at a respectable pace particularly for a period known for being wordy and at times ponderous Northcote's frig

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    read & download ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB µ Amyas Northcote Amyas Northcote µ 3 review NEW In Ghostly Company  Amyas Northcote In his introduction David Stuart Davies calls Northcote an amateur in the sense that he didn't write as an occupation He need not have bothered with the ualification Northcote writes like a twelve year old Lacking any susp

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    NEW In Ghostly Company  Amyas Northcote Amyas Northcote µ 3 review review In Ghostly Company This is a volume of competent and well written tales They are not classics of the ghost story genre and lack the dramatic power of the best examples from M R James and the like Brickett Bottom has been anthologised and is celebrated for its sorrowful tone and idyllic setting The best of the bunch is In the Woods which is original and atmosphericIt is a pity that Northcote only published this one modest collection Nonet

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    review In Ghostly Company NEW In Ghostly Company  Amyas Northcote Amyas Northcote µ 3 review A very good collection of ghost stories dealing with themes such as witchcraft The Late Mrs Fowke and Mr Oliver C

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Amyas Northcote µ 3 review In Ghostly Company review ↠ 3 A grey cloud formed on the summit of the altar diminishing thickening and turning into a Shape a shape of evil and fear The silent group by the fire once broke forth into wild gesticulations and cries Stella prostrated herself the Form on the altar grew clearer and with a cry of horror Mr Fowke turned away and rushed madly. Wordsworth reprints several classic story collections by great horror writers of the past One such collection IN GHOSTLY COMPANY by Amyas Northcote was suggested to me by due to some previous purchases It mentioned him as similar to MR James who is a favorite of mine I received it for Christmas this year and read it straight through The Introduction by David Stuart Davies that begins the book gives some background on Northcote Not an easy task I m sure due to the obscurity of this writer Born in 1864 his father was Sir Stafford Northcote lord of a manor and powerful politician I found it interesting Amyas attended Eton College the same time as MR James although it is unknown if the two ever met This collection of ghost stories was his only published work It came out in 1921 Unfortunately Amyas died just eighteen months after its publication making it difficult to promote and relegating him to obscurity He might have been forgotten altogether if Montague Summers hadn t included one of the stories Brickett Bottom in his influential SUPERNATURAL OMNIBUS 1931 It makes me wonder how many great writers have become lost to time because of similar circumstances While I wouldn t put Amyas Northcote on the same level as MR James I did enjoy these stories Brickett Bottom In the Woods The Steps and The Governess s Story were personal favorites of mine1 Brickett Bottom 1921 A vicar s daughter spies a house on her way home she hadn t noticed before Her nearsighted sister is unable to see it They plan to visit the following day but the nearsighted sister injures her foot and can t go When the other goes alone she fails to return2 Mr Kershaw and Mr Wilcox 1921 A business arrangement between two neighbors sours leading to dark conseuences in this tale of subtle supernatural underpinnings with a twist ending3 In the Woods 1921 A lonely 17 year old girl finds herself enthralled by the woods near her home She spends her spare time there and begins to view the trees as her only friends She yearns to learn their mysteries and begins to sense the area observing her As she slips further from normal life to become in tune with the woods she starts to feel that although the woods have great beauty it also hides powerful evil4 The Late Earl of D 1921 A solicitor witnesses a phantom reenactment of a violent crime 5 Mr Mortimer s Diary 1921 The diary of a man found dead under bizarre circumstances tells of his being haunted by a diabolical ghost6 The House in the Woods 1921 Two men are forced to spend the night in a secluded house in the woods 7 The Steps 1921 A young woman is haunted by the approaching footsteps of a man whose love she spurned 8 The Young Lady in Black 1921 An artist is approached by a young woman in black who implores him to paint her portrait but is unable to sit for him longer than a half hour He encounters her a few times afterwards each under strange circumstances9 The Downs 1921 A man traveling through downlands at night finds himself accompanied by a mysterious stranger10 The Late Mrs Fowke 1921 A man secretly follows his wife on one of her journeys out of town to find her partaking in occult activities11 The Picture 1921 A girl becomes enthralled by the portrait of a dead Count in a manor house12 The Governess s Story 1921 A governess keeps hearing someone running and opening a window from a room above her every night These unearthly footfalls are tied to a grim family secret13 Mr Oliver Carmichael 1921 A man enters a shop to buy a handkerchief and meets an unattractive female clerk When their eyes meet he is filled with an inexplicable dread From that point on he is haunted by her and begins to feel evil growing in his soul as it is tormented each night as he sleeps

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Amyas Northcote µ 3 review In Ghostly Company review ↠ 3 Across the moor' Amyas Northcote's In Ghostly Company is a rare and splendid collection of strange and disturbing tales from the golden age of ghost stories His style is akin to that of the master of the genre MR James it is measured and insidiously suggestive producing unnerving chills rather than shocks and gasps Northc. Usually when I as a lover of short stories buy a new book mind it not borrow it I follow certain principles which are 1 The author should be known to me either through his works that I have read or whose works have been reviewed at prominent places by persons who are ualified to do so2 The stories should have some redeeming component that would compel me to go back to them again againUnfortunately similar to many other decisions that I make in my life decisions regarding purchase of books often go astray as well and I end up spending hard earned money on stuff that I would either not be able to read even once from cover to cover or which is often the case which once read cannot be enjoyed again at well now that the box of tricks has got opened and the author had not put anything in the stories that might compel me to go back to them However on some rarest of rare occasions I get to read some stories written by authors whose works I have never encountered anywhere and yet I instantly fall in love with them Love unlike fascination or thrill is a much precious commodity which we encounter in our lives very very rarely And loving some short stories mean that they have certain ualities that make them worthy of love a gentle homely tone unpretentious way of telling whatever they have to tell and yet be extremely effective in conveying their thoughts gentle touch of humour a tragic sense of loss poignancy when needed and a beauty that has to be felt rather than be seen When this love occurs while reading ghost stories written by an amateur who has died long ago and who has not produced any other stories apart from those included in this slim volume my heart gets broken It is this heartbreak that I encountered while reading Amyas Northcote s In Ghostly Company The stories in this slim volume are 1 Brickett Bottom 2 Mr Kershaw and Mr Wilcox 3 In the Woods 4 The Late Earl of D 5 Mr Mortimer s Diary 6 The House in the Wood 7 The Young Lady in Black 8 The Downs 9 The Late Mrs Fowke 10 The Picture 11 The Governess s Story 12 Mr Oliver Carmichael Apart from the 1st story ther is every possibility that you have never read anything written by this author ever It is also uite true that these gentle ghost stories evocative of the styles of Le Fanu MR James Henry James and at times the Benson brothers would not be hailed as the greatest and the most heart stoppingpounding depending upon your take works of the genre But I would love going back to them trying to find out the traces of numerous other stories heard or read since my childhood whose threads can be found as tantalizing glimpses in these stories and who can be revived putting my imagination into the active mode as these stories are wonderful matrix of ghost stories in general dealing with hauntings of all types and yet imbuing all of them with a gentle hue that seems light years away from the blood gore of the presentThis volume had once been published by the venerable Ash Tree Press but now that it has gone out of print for a long time I would whole heartedly recommend lovers of ghost stories to lap up the Wordsworth edition which is very very reasonably priced and surprise comes with a biographical sketch from the Editor in Chief that is informative and effective Highly recommended

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Amyas Northcote µ 3 review In Ghostly Company review ↠ 3 Ote's tales make the reader unsettled and uneasy This is partly due to the fact that the hauntings or strange occurrences take place in natural or mundane surroundings surroundings familiar to the reader but never before thought of as unusual or threatening Long out of print this book remains an enthralling and chilling re. In his introduction David Stuart Davies calls Northcote an amateur in the sense that he didn t write as an occupation He need not have bothered with the ualification Northcote writes like a twelve year old Lacking any suspense any imagination and any style the only virtue these stories possess is brevityThe collection begins with Brickett Bottom supposedly his best story This should be ample warning for what is to come There is not a glimmer of the exceptional about this story And things continue on the same low level If a story ever seems to rise above the predictable a moment s reflection will remind the reader he is simply borrowing from other better writers The Steps recalls Oliver Onions Rooum In The Woods draws on Machen another channels Henry James another MR James For someone writing in 1921 Northcote has singularly failed to learn from any of his predecessors Again and again he uses a clunky relatively lengthy preamble before rushing off what should be the bulk of the tale I mean why does Mr Mortimer s Diary only take up the last 4 pages of that story Why in The House in the Wood does he have one basically anonymous character recount in the first person another basically anonymous character s story This author doesn t understand the basics of storytelling Only Mr Oliver Carmichael the final tale has any real originality and even here he bludgeons his audience with a moralistic ending that throws away whatever menace his leaden writing hasn t already destroyed This dreary attempt at horror writing just highlights how good some of his contemporaries were but it brings no glory to Amyas Northcote There is a reason he has been forgotten Now if only I could forget this book Oh I think I have Now where was I

  • Paperback
  • 144
  • In Ghostly Company
  • Amyas Northcote
  • en
  • 13 March 2018
  • 9781840226430