Published: 28/06/2014
ISBN: 9781783063918
Format: Paperback

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Ten Short Tales About Ghosts
by K. C. Parton

In a radical departure from his previous works, K. C. Parton has turned his prodigious imagination to the unsettling genre of the world that is sometimes glimpsed but never understood: the supernatural. This thrilling new collection of ghost stories explores the traditions of Edwardian horror placed in a contemporary setting. With compelling reads including, ‘The Last Train’ and the evocative ‘Ghost of Spetchley Bridge’, K. C. Parton portrays how people react when forces move beyond their control. Diverse locations and memorable characters are used in every story to maximise the disturbing effect. Old factories, the South Downs and Southend-on-Sea provide a vivid backdrop for these spine-chilling tales. With unearthly movements, strange noises and mysterious disappearances K. C. Parton creates an eerie atmosphere. Whether it is the creeping discomfort of a man being forced to challenge his understanding of the world, or an eerie appearance at the local cricket club, he transports the reader to the supernatural world.

Ten Short Tales about Ghosts is a haunting read that will interest fans of gothic literature at any age. Characteristics of both Edwardian and Victorian ghost stories are present in this collection. Residents of the county areas mentioned in the stories may also be interested to explore the paranormal potential at their local landmarks. K. C. Parton has been inspired by the writing style of Susan Hill. His admiration for M. R. James encouraged him to develop his many characters of the collection. These spooky short stories, inspired by the genius of M. R. James, explore extraordinary things happen to ordinary people. Local stories of ghost sightings and strange hauntings also enabled K. C. Parton to find amicable settings for his characters to develop in.

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If you love good old fashioned ghost stories, this is the book for you. Each of the ten short stories has its own personality, although all are set in England, many of the in the years around WWII. Some of the stories are creepier than others but anyone can read and enjoy them. It would be hard to pick just one as a favourite. None of the stories take more than an hour to read so it is the kind of book that you can dip in and out to savour when you do not have the time or inclination for a long read.
All the stories are well written, the characters are believable and likeable, and there are sufficient thrills and chills to satisfy. None of the stories are over the top or drenched in blood and gore. They are just good tales to read when you crave a little tingle down your spine. Enjoy!

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I enjoyed this book. It really had a retro feel to it. It made me feel like I had been to an old book store and picked up an old book of gothic ghost tales. If you're looking for blood and gore, this is not the book you want. If you're looking for a good old fashioned shiver? Definitely try this one.

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