Encyclopedia Phantasmagoria

Guide to the Fontana Ghost, Horror & Tales of Terror series’.

Campbell – Crowe

Posted by demonik on May 22, 2007

Ramsey Campbell – The Ferries (Ghost 18)

Ramsey Campbell – Reply Guaranteed: Brichester. Recovering in hospital, Viv answers a lonely hearts ad. The address given, she later learns, is that of a house on Mercy Hill, once the domicile of a rapist. By the end of his days, this fellow was confined to a wheelchair thanks to his multiple venereal diseases. Viv encounters his bandaged ghost and the farcical climax is equal parts scary and laugh-out-loud funny. (Horror 17)

David Campton – Firstborn: Harry and Elaine are rescued from their debt Hell by his wealthy uncle who invites them to live with him at his magnificent Dorset home. Uncle has a mania for exotic plants and it is clear from the first that the chief reason for his charity is the close proximity of Elaine, though not for the reason Harry suspects. Uncle’s proudest possession – even more-so than the bone-crushing, man-eating monstrosity in the greenhouse – is the multi-tendrilled, touchy-feely demon flower in the cellar whose perfume acts as a powerful aphrodisiac – it certainly solves the couple’s bedroom problems. But when it molests Elaine and she falls pregnant, the lovers face an anxious wait to discover what she will give birth to … (Horror 17)

Truman Capote – Miriam (Horror 6)

William Carleton – Wildgoose Lodge (Irish Terror)

Robert W. Chambers – The Yellow Sign (Horror 17)

Mark Channing – The Feet: Uncle Harvey is a collector of Indian curios as was his father before him. His Bloomsbury studio houses his ‘Chamber of Horrors’ and the grimmest of the mementos is a pair of ankle bracelets with bells on. A previous occupant was a sadistic Nawab, exiled for his cruelty, whose disposition wasn’t improved any when he came to London. When one of his harem fell for an Englishman, he cut off her feet and sent them to her lover. His evil ghost walks the house.
There’s slightly more to it than that, but not much. (Horror 16)

William Charlton – Norton Camp: Build during World War II, the Army base in the Ogley Hills has had a bad history dating from 1941 when German bombers killed five-hundred plus in one raid. Now the 19th Regiment have been posted there and for Private Debenham in particular the experience convinces him that fighting in the leech-infested swamps of Malaysia is preferable to tracking phantoms. (Ghost 16)

William Charlton – Undesirable Guests: Berkshire: Seraphim Durness returns to England an “invalid” and married to an Indian girl, Mercedes. His old friends Matthew and Julia Brooks put the couple up at their country home, although not without misgivings. When the self-invited guests are out of earshot, Matthew asks his wife “What did you make of all that stuff they had in their car? It looked as if Seraphim was carrying his coffin around with him.” “I expect its the oxygen tent you were telling me about. His wife seemed very efficient at looking after him.”
Let’s hope she’s as efficient at looking after the Brooks’ three children as Matt and Julia are out for dinner at the Engleby’s. All is well until some fool blurts out the disturbing rumours he heard pertaining to Mercedes while on a recent trip to Bolivia … (Horror 13)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – The Bodmin Terror: Artist James is warned by his doctor that he’s on the verge of a nervous breakdown and must avoid stress at all costs. Being married to Lydia, James knows just how tall an order that is, but decides to take them both away on holiday to Cornwall. En route to the Lizard, the car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, sending Lydia into a spasm of rage. An extraordinarily sprightly crone ambles out of the mist and leads them back to her home which turns out to be a foul-smelling cave. But her Good Samaritan act is just that: she’s intent on serving up Lydia to Dunmore, the last of the Ice Age giants. (Cornish Terror)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – Keep The Gaslight Burning : “Matilda, we are lonely. Come down to us … come ..” Young Maya enters service as personal companion to Mrs. Maxwell at a remote house on the Yorkshire moors. Her ladyship keeps a lamp burning throughout the night to fend off the ghosts of her husband and his lover, who are ever beckoning to her. What did she do to them? “Go to the window, part the curtains ever so slightly – and peer down into the garden.” Mayo obeys, and what she sees is far from pleasant … (Gaslight Terror)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – The Catamodo: ” … to the ordinary person, it’s a bit off-putting to know we cannot be hurt if we fall ever so far, or if something ever so heavy falls on us. They get very narky when they realise we don’t grow old, too … we sort of curl up and fade away at the age of a hundred and four.”

Martin certainly is among those who find it “off-putting” when wife Myra confesses to being a Catamodo. He’s after her insurance money and has already made several attempts on her life. Finally he decides to dismember her and bury the severed portions in a variety of locations. Those familiar with Robert Bloch’s Frozen Fear will know that this doesn’t necessarily have the desired effect …. (Frighteners)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – The Liberated Tiger: Roland … her Roland, was keeping true to form, but his ordinariness, his apparent simplicity, seemed to have sinister undertones. That thing that walked while he slept was as much part of him as the mild, compliant husband she had known for years

Roland is bedridden and dying. Mary, his devoted wife of fifty years, is doing her duty by him as one would expect – she’s always had his best interests at heart. But does he realise that all her nagging and ‘advice’ were for his own good? “While there is breath in my body, I will never reproach you”.
That’s hardly a great comfort in the circumstances, because whenever Roland lapses into unconsciousness, his doppelganger walks the house. He is the liberated Roland, the one who wanted children, the one who wanted to take a chance on that risky business venture, the one who wanted to do so many things that she wouldn’t allow. And this Roland hates her. (Ghost 9)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – Non-Paying Passengers : Commuter nightmare. Percy Fortesque is stalked by the ghost of his despised late wife, Doris, and later, his in-laws, who are doomed to haunt the London Underground for all eternity. Percy has recently survived a brush with death and they’re intent to see that he’s not so lucky a second time. Another of R.C.H.’s meditations on the joys of wedlock: “Why did I marry you? Didn’t you ever ask yourself that question once in all those years? I’ll tell you. I thought that anyone so unattractive – I could use the word ugly – would always be grateful. I overlooked the undeniable fact that women only look into rose-tinted mirrors … Get back to hell, you ugly old cow.”
(Ghost 10)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – Matthew And Luke: High-flying office worker Matthew Bayswater almost drowns in a swimming accident. Fortunately a passer by is on hand to give him mouth to mouth resuscitation, but the seven minutes he spent ‘dead’ are all it takes for his doppelganger to get up and haunting. ‘Luke’ is the spectre of Matthew’s dual self. As Matt went on to make something of his life, Matt screwed his up and finally committed suicide. The jokey tone – yet another know-it-all mother-in-law – takes an abrupt turn for the depressing in the final pages and a spook in swimming trunks is something of a novelty. (Ghost 11)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – Cold Fingers: Young archaeology student Paul Etherington takes a room at the formidable Miss Partridges at a ridiculously low rent. But, in his bed at night, when he feels the ghostly grip on his windpipe, it’s all too clear to him why he’s the only current paying guest and why she’s insistent of feeding him up. More black sorcery jiggery pokery with ectoplasm. (Ghost 12)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – My Dear Wife: Henry’s eye for young women he’s not especially fond of drives wife Georgina to despair, not least because his main motivation for straying is the delight he takes in her torment. It doesn’t matter how many times she leaves him for the last time, they both know she’ll return. As will his latest plaything, Sheila. As will every woman who falls for him. (Ghost 13)

R Chetwynd Hayes – The Sad Ghost (Ghost 14)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – The Hanging Tree: Christmas with the Fortesque family and friends, and the young, romantically inclined Movita is busy spinning fantasies around the family ghost, that of a young man who killed his lover then hung himself from a tree in the garden during the previous century. Her insistence that she’s seen him has the household despairing for her sanity, all save Miss Mansfield who realised Movita is psychic and inadvisedly intervenes on her behalf. (Ghost 15)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes -She Walks On Dry Land: “Let a stranger spend but one night within the boundaries of this village, then, sir – she comes up from the sea and walks on dry land.”

So warns Elder Josiah Woodward in this companion piece to Markland The Hunter and he knows what he’s talking about. RCH and brevity were estranged for years but there’s not a word wasted in She Walks On Dry Land and the story is all the better for it. Set in Denham, East Anglia in 1810, it sees Charles Devereaux, Fourth Earl of Montcalm, blow in at The Limping Sailor with his manservant Patrick and demand rooms for the night. This upsets the locals, for reasons already specified, although the drowned girl is only a threat to outsiders. Should such a one see her face, than they run screaming to the sea and drown themselves. Charles is too stubborn to listen. (Ghost 16)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – Which One? (Ghost 17)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – The Chair: The narrator, one of RCH’s least sympathetic, buys the antique from the proprietor of a second hand furniture shop who lets on that it “came from a house with an unfortunate history.” Sure enough, hardly has he got the chair home than a beautiful woman materialises on the seat, beckoning to him from across the room. Our man, a misogynist, throws an ornament at her and she vanishes, but immediately he regrets his actions and wishes her back. Her reappearances are fleeting and drive him to distraction until he returns to the furniture salesman demanding to know who his ghost was. At the Twilight Home for Distressed Ladies, he learns the tragic history of Miss Emily and Mr. Ascot of Bedford Park, but a further horrible revelation awaits. (Ghost 18)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – Tomorrow’s Ghost: In the present day, young Roland Sinclair has inherited Clavering Grange though it’s a shadow of its former glory, long unattended and a favourite doss for tramps. Against the advice of solicitor Mr. Fortesque, he decides against selling up, moves in and begins tentative renovations. Almost at once, he’s made aware of the ghost of a young woman in period dress who seems as stunned by his presence in the old house as he is by hers.

Back in 1812, seventeen year old Cynthia is being forced to marry the odious Lord Cavendish, her father standing to gain financially from the union. Via the kitchen maid she’s heard the stories of a family ghost, and when she sees him with her own eyes, she realises that he’s the man she’s been waiting for. This decides her: However much Sir Danvers beats her, there’s no way she’ll wed that fat, sweaty lecher.

As the bizarre romance between his client and the long-dead Cynthia blossoms, Mr. Fortesque learns that Cynthia blew her brains out on the eve of her arranged marriage, for the love of a man she couldn’t have. Fortesque realises this must refer to Roland. Can they prevent the tragedy from being reenacted? (Ghost 19)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – My Very Best Friend: An orphan’s progress. Following the death of his parents in a car accident, the narrator is shunted from puritanical relative to puritanical relative, his constant companion a beautiful woman that others sometimes sense and fear but only he can see. She acts as his Guardian Angel, a malevolent one at that, prone to playing cruel pranks but invaluable for settling scores and maiming school bullies. On the minus side she’s fanatically possessive and won’t have him lusting after pretty Josie Bakewell when his hormones start kicking in. At the close of his teens he wants rid of his dark benefactor and approaches Clapham’s finest, Madam Orloff, Psychic Extraordinary (The Elemental, The Holstein Horror and Co.) to exorcise her. Now free to wed his childhood sweetheart, he gets Josie as far as the altar before the parson gets it into his head to give the ceremony a “forgive thy enemy” theme. Caught up in the moment, our man absolves his Fallen Angel who immediately marches down the aisle and karate chops his bride with the result that “I must be the only husband who was made a widower before the register was signed.” (Ghost 20)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – Housebound: The ghost of bank-robber Charlie Wheatland was killed in a siege at the Coopers’ new house. Celia, fifty and fed up, develops the power to draw his ghost out of the woodwork. At first he appears as a black, vaguely human shape, but gradually Wheatland manifests in all his former glory and asks what she requires of him. Celia decides she wants him to murder Harold, her boring, selfish other half. “No, I cannot kill, only free your husband from his body. Order me to free your husband from his body.” Celia does, but what will become of Harold’s vacant body? (Horror 3)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – Looking For Something To Suck: “It was all of thirty foot long, and perhaps a foot in circumference, a long snake, or more likely a worm: covered with a beautiful white, delicate skin, such as might grace a woman’s shoulder. In places there was a pale pink flush… “

A vampiric shadow enters the Wilton’s home in search of its feed – the psychic Jane. Despite Jane – and the dog’s – protestations, Jerry insists on switching out all the lights at bedtime. When he awakens it is to discover a scene of sheer horror as the shadow – having taken the form of something akin to one of E. F. Benson’s slug-like elementals – gorges on “all the goodness” inside his wife. As Jerry clutches the pile of bones in a skin bag that was once his partner, the worm dies an agonising death in the light, the only thing it’s vulnerable to.

Horrific and even frightening, this is certainly among the best stories Chetwynd-Hayes ever wrote. (Horror 4)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – The Monster: Uncle Jake and Auntie Mabs have selflessly concealed Caroline from the outside world for sixteen years, but when they catch her spying on the half-naked boy next door, they realise they did wrong in not handing her over to be sacrificed to Jehovah the moment her parents died. For she is an abomination among men.

Mortified now that her ugliness has been pointed out to her, Caroline escapes and runs off into the night. The villagers surround her with flaming torches and Jehovah’s will is done. Anyone who’s read Nigel Kneale’s Oh, Mirror, Mirror and the like will see the twist coming a mile off, but those who are only familiar with RCH in his William Kimber years might be surprised that he was capable of writing so unremittingly grim a story. (Horror 5)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – A Sin Of Omission: Putney. Mr. Faversham, 52, impossible wife, etc., is mithered by a middle aged man in a cloth cap who wants to borrow a fiver. When the stranger continues to pester with menaces – I know where you live: I only borrow from those as can afford it: “Ain’t you a Christian, Guv?” – Mr. Faversham decides discretion is the better form of valour and legs it, with the beggar in hot pursuit until … he keels over on the pavement. The wretch gasps for his digitalis pills, but Mr. Faversham slips away and leaves him to it. Later, he learns from the local newspaper that when Dr. Withers examined the body he was perplexed as to how the tattoo of the black snake coiled around the dead man’s torso has disappeared …. (Horror 10)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – Growth: Inquisitive Henry Broadfield visits Clapham-based trance medium Mrs. Helen Watkins whose speciality is producing ectoplasm which assumes the shape of a dear departed. Henry unwisely nicks off a chunk of the stuff while Mrs. Watkins is under and feeds it worms. Its appetite is insatiable.
Another namecheck for Conrad Von Holstein’s Unnatural Enmities and Mrs. Watson might as well be Madam Orloff for all the difference in their characters. (Horror 15)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – Markland the Hunter: Sara, the unhappy young wife of Elder Josiah Sullivan, spiritual leader of the local fishing community, wanders Cranston Point calling to the immortal Markland to free her from her misery. The corpse-like ghost walks out of the sea and unleashes his soul-stealing skeleton crew of the villagers, whose response is to burn Sara as a witch. A night of mayhem ensues before he returns to his watery grave. “Perhaps I only exist in fear-fevered imaginations. When the chain of bigotry and superstition are broken, possibly then I will die. It is conceivable that your God and I will die together.” (Sea Terror)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – Shona And The Water Horse: “I will come for you and we will dream together beneath the loch.”

A man claiming to be the Water Horse of legend comes down from the moors to warn Reverend Angus Buchanan that the Devil is abroad and is heading for the village to claim the souls of the congregation. He must convince his flock to paint white crosses on their doors and shun all strangers. The Reverend wisely discards this obvious madman’s advice and throws him out, but not before that worthy has made a promise to his daughter, Shona.

That night, a beggar-woman arrives at the Kirk seeking shelter … (Scottish Terror)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – Shipwreck: Starts well as a spaceship falls to earth, bringing with it Sarcan, a translucent blue formless mass who can drain every living thing of its essence and assume its identity. After experimenting with a tree and a hare, Sarcan encounters his first human being, South Londoner Sydney J. Beecham who is motorcycling home to wife Sylvia and her domineering mother, Mrs. Hatfield. Up until now, it’s been very enjoyable in a ‘fifties, The Blob-like way, but once he’s introduced the women, RCH gets stuck in another of his “aren’t mother-in-laws interfering old battle-axes?” ruts and the story fizzles out. (Terror From Outer Space)

R. Chetwynd-Hayes – Lord Dunwilliam And The Cwy Annwn: The arrogant Lord Dunwilliam, adrift in a snowstorm, chances upon a solitary cottage where live Evan ap Evans and his beautiful daughter, Silah. Dunwilliam is used to getting what he wants when he wants it and he’s decided Silah is going to be his by any means necessary. Evans spins him some cock and bull story about the girl having a fearsome lover, Annwn the Wild Huntsman whose pack are Hell-hounds, but as if an educated man would believe that … (Welsh Terror)

Agatha Christie – The Last Seance: Simone, the most gifted medium in Paris, is all seanced out. With each sitting she grows paler and thinner. Husband-to-be Raoul has reluctantly agreed that after today she can give it all up, but she has one last engagement with bereaved mother Madame Exe. Simone is uneasy; she dislikes, even fears Madame Exe although she’s had great success contacting her dead daughter Amelie. At the previous sitting, the ectoplasm materialised into a solid image of the child: Raoul could even touch it, but withdrew his hand when he saw how much pain it caused Simone. Now, for the last seance, Madame Exe insists that Raoul be tied to his chair to prevent any trickery …. (Ghost 8 )

Agatha Christie – The Lamp: Mr. Winburn, his widowed daughter Mrs. Lancaster and her little boy Geoff move into an old house in Weyminster reputedly haunted by the ghost of an abandoned child who starved to death. Soon Mr. Winburn hears the patter of its tiny footsteps, but it’s Geoff who actually sees and tries to befriend the dead infant who craves a playmate. Geoff falls gravely ill … (Ghost 17)

Agatha Christie – The Gypsy: From his infancy Dickie Carpenter has had a morbid fear of Gypsy women on account of their premonitions always coming true where he’s concerned. And then he’s warned by one of their number – a nurse – against having an operation on his gammy leg. He goes against her advice and – R.I.P. Dickie.

After his death, MacFarlane interviews the woman he wrongly believes to have foretold the tragedy. It transpires that gypsies only use their talent/ curse for benevolent reasons.

E. F. Bleiler has commented “Christie must have dashed this story off hastily”. It’s not particularly bad but neither is it horrific. (Horror 1)

Agatha Christie – The Hound Of Death (Horror 2)

John Christopher – A Cry Of Children (Welsh Terror)

Arthur C. Clarke – No Morning After (Terror From Outer Space)

Roger Clarke – So Typical Of Eleanor: “She was smiling a dreadful parody of a smile, green teeth showing through her parted and unnaturally red lips. Everything seemed to be getting wet ….”

Octavius detests his domineering older sister. Now, as he sets off for his secret camp near the old mill at Yafford, she invites herself along. As it turns out, the afternoon doesn’t go well with her and she drowns in the slimy water. Did she fall or was she pushed? (Horror 14)

Roger Clarke – Blackberries (Horror 16)

Mrs. Claxton – The Grey Cottage (Ghost 13)

Pamela Cleaver – Mother Love (Ghost 13)

Sir Hugh Clifford – The Ghoul (Horror 14)

Stuart Cloete – The Second Nail (Horror 9)

Adrian Cole – The Horror Under Penmire: Keen folklorist Roy Baxter disappears while investigating a mysterious village on Bodmin Moor. His friend, author Phil Dayton comes in search of him and, in a mist-shrouded valley which stinks of fish, encounters the most unfriendly pub this side of The Lough Inn (it’s so rotten, it doesn’t even have a name). He is taken prisoner by the Penmire villagers and chained up with his friend in a rat-infested crypt while above them the residents summon forth their God – Dagon. (Frighteners)

Adrian Cole – The Moon Web: Tobias, the solitary old gardener, hopes that the return of heiress Amelia from a Swiss finishing school won’t mean wholesale changes at the Manor house. His worries are well founded. Amelia alternates between tormenting him with her body and showing a keen interest in his closeness to the soil. During her time away, she’s developed a similar love of nature, and the village is rife with gossip about her peculiar fondness for spiders … (Horror 11)

John Collier – Back For Christmas: On the eve of his departure from Little Godwearing for a three month lecture tour in America, Dr. Carpenter rids himself of his insufferably pushy wife Hermoine by caving her head in with an iron bar, cutting her in pieces and burying them in the cellar. Will he get away with it? (Horror 6)

John Collier – De Mortuis: When Buck and Bud surprise Dr. Rankin at work with pick, trowel and cement in his cellar, they know what must have happened – he’s finally discovered he’s married to the town floozie and killed Irene! Well, you couldn’t say he wasn’t provoked and, him being a swell guy and all, they promise they won’t dob him in to the law.

Very Roald Dahl in Tales Of The Unexpected mode. (Horror 10)

Charles A. Collins & Charles Dickens – The Trial For Murder (London Terror)

William Wilkie Collins – Mad Monkton (Ghost 4)

Wilkie Collins – A Terribly Strange Bed (Horror 9)

John Connell – The House In The Glen (Scottish Terror)

Joseph Conrad – The Idiots (Horror 4)

R. C. Cook – Green Fingers: Old widow Bowen prides herself on being able to make “anything grow” in her garden. this seems to be true. Even tropical plants entirely unsuited to the climate flourish as do a piece of firewood, a tuft of her hair, a fingernail …
When a rabbit she buried grows back from a skeleton and runs off she begins to worry. she decides to chop down the tree but it resents any attempt at keeping it in check and she only succeeds in slicing off her finger with an axe. She plants the severed digit, too – and a replica widow Bowen shoots up from the soil. Comes the day with the fully-grown double uproots itself …

Shortly afterwards in the coppice, the body of an old woman is found chopped into pieces … (Horror 3)

Margaret Chilvers Cooper – January Ides (Ghost 12)

Margaret Chilvers Cooper – The Cape-Cod Poltergeist (Ghost 13)

Margaret Chilvers Cooper – The Primrose Connection (Ghost 15)
A. E. Coppard – Gone Away (Ghost 7)

Julio Cortazar – The Idol Of The Cyclades (European Terror)

Julio Cortazar – Letter To A Young Lady In Paris (Horror 6)

Mary Elizabeth Counselman – The Shot-Tower Ghost (Ghost 17)

Frederick Cowles – The Horror Of Abbot’s Grange: Seeking whom he may devour. God frustrate him always.

Ritton. Michael and wife Joan lease the Grange which has remained untenanted for so long that the present Lord Salton has it earmarked for demolition. Terms are agreed with the agent who is insistent on one point: should they wish to visit the chapel – closed these three hundred years – they must do so only during the day and on no account allow the door to be unlocked between dusk and daybreak.
It transpires that the chapel houses the tomb of William, the first Lord Salton (1501-97), a Cistercian monk who dabbled in black magic and was dismissed from the Abbey. He was given his title in return for informing against the Abbot and his holy brethren which saw seven of them executed, and there’s an impressive portrait of him hanging under the stairs. The artist was clearly a conscientious man: he’s even painted in the guy’s fangs.

Come the housewarming party and, of course, some fool just has to nose around the chapel. A blood-curdling laugh and – William Salton is free!

Child sacrifice, dead party-goers, a haunted portrait and a vampire with Tod Slaughter tendencies. This is Cowles at his most pulpy, cliched and unutterably entertaining. And, God help me, he even slips in some Jamesian touches.   (Horror 16)

Ralph Adams Cram – The Dead Valley (Ghost 7)

F. Marion Crawford – The Dead Smile (Ghost 13)

F. Marion Crawford – The Doll’s Ghost: Belgravia. Lady Gwendoline Lancaster-Douglas-Scroop disfigures Nina her favourite doll in a fall downstairs. Being a practical child she sets to digging her a grave but the under-nurse has other ideas and drops off the casualty at Mr. Pucker the doll doctor. The gentle old German performs a magnificent emergency salvage operation but grows so attached to Nina – she reminds him of his beloved daughter Else – that he finds parting with her too painful. Else is assigned the job of returning the doll to Cranston House but come midnight she’s still not returned home. Understandably distraught, Mr. Pucker scours the city for her, convinced that she’s been murdered. The doll’s ghost comes to his assistance …. (Ghost 14)

John Keir Cross – Esmerelda (Ghost 7)

John Keir Cross – ‘Happy Birthday, Dear Alex’: The narrator wishes to buy his medical student a human skeleton for his birthday. He should know better than to approach the “general dealer” operating from a Sloane Square shop who trades under the name of W. Hare. (London Terror)

John Keir Cross – The Lovers: Dunblane. James Gemmell adored his wife and when she died he couldn’t bring himself to have her buried in the local kirkyard. Eight years later, Andrew, a young electrician is working at the house. Gemmell is at first reluctant to allow him into the kitchen where a beautiful woman sits stock-still in a chair. All the time he’s there the woman neither talks or moves a hair and there’s an odd clinical smell in the room. Afterwards Andrew believes he’s seen a ghost – which is maybe just as well as the truth is far worse. (Scottish Terror)

Mrs Crowe – Round the Fire (Ghost 14)

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