The clocks have gone back an hour, the afternoons are darker and there’s a strong chill in the air. At Profile we have a range of unsettling tales which are perfect for this ghostly season. Here are our top picks for #ProfileSpooks:

Tales from the Dead of Night: – featuring ghost stories by Ruth Rendell, M. R. James, Rudyard Kipling, Edith Wharton and more, this collection includes tales that are not simply frightening but also disquieting exposures of mortality, loneliness and the human capacity for both evil and remorse. Settle down by the fireside, tuck yourself up in bed - just try not to think about what's lurking out of sight.

Tales From the Dead of Night

Mary Shelley by Fiona Sampson – an acclaimed biography of the ‘most goth author’ ever to have lived, from her precocious childhood, to meeting Percy Shelley, writing Frankenstein as a teenager and becoming a successful writer in a time when to be a woman writer was an anomaly.


 Mary Shelley 

A Spot of Folly by Ruth Rendell – new and uncollected tales of murder, mischief, magic and madness written by a master of psychological suspense.

A Spot of Folly

The Woman in Black and Other Ghost Stories by Susan Hill (or you can read the stories individually: The Woman in BlackPrinter’s Devil CourtDollyThe Travelling Bag, and The Small Hand) – with grand titles such as ‘the Queen of the traditional ghost story’ (The Times) and ‘the grand dame of English supernatural fiction’ (Financial Times), Hill’s chilling and atmospheric stories do not disappoint.
The Woman in Black and Other Ghost Stories
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We wish you pleasant dreams…