Halloween at home with Dame Susan Hill

30 October 2020

‘No one chills the heart like Susan Hill’ Daily Telegraph

As the temperature drops, the wind starts to whisper, and the fire beckons, so do Susan Hill’s spinechilling stories of murder, magic and mayhem…

This Halloween, the greatest living writer of ghost stories has a new title: Susan Hill was awarded a damehood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to literature.

From the horrifying secret of Eel Marsh House in The Woman in Black to the supernatural terror unleashed by spiteful Leonora van Vorst in Dolly, Susan Hill’s ghost stories never fail to raise the hairs on the back of your neck and keep you turning the pages long past midnight. Read on if you dare …

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From the foggy streets of Victorian London to the eerie perfection of 1950s suburbia, the everyday is invaded by the otherworldly in this unforgettable collection of ghost stories.

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Late one summer evening, antiquarian bookseller Adam Snow is returning from a client visit when he takes a wrong turn. He stumbles across a derelict Edwardian house, and compelled by curiosity, approaches the door. Standing before the entrance, he feels the unmistakable sensation of a small cold hand creeping into his own, ‘as if a child had taken hold of it’…

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One murky November evening a conversation between four medical students takes a curious turn and Hugh is initiated into a dark secret. In the cellar of their narrow lodgings and a little used subterranean mortuary, they have begun to interfere with death itself…

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A perfect chiller: a story of two damaged children filled with unease, the supernatural and horror. Set in the forlorn remoter parts of the English Fens, two young cousins, Leonora and Edward, are parked for the summer with their ageing spinster aunt and her cruel housekeeper. When spoilt Leonora is not given the birthday present of a specific dolly that she wants, affairs inexorably take a much darker turn with terrifying, life-destroying consequences for everyone …

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Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer, travels to a remote village to put the affairs of a recently deceased client, Alice Drablow in order. As he works alone in her isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover disturbing secrets – and his unease grows when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed in black. The locals are strangely unwilling to talk about the unsettling occurrence, and Kipps is forced to uncover the true identity of the Woman in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race against time when he discovers her true intent…

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