Tag: Ghost

Susan Hill – The Small Hand | Review

Title: The Small Hand

Author: Susan Hill

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 208

Rating: 3.75/5

Susan Hill has this certain style about her that truly is inimitable, although that hasn’t stopped me giving it a go for a recent short story that I wrote. She just spins a great ghost yarn, especially when she’s dabbling in historical fiction cum horror.

I also appreciated the fact that the protagonist of this book was a rare book dealer on the hunt for a first edition Shakespeare Folio for a client. The hunt took him to France, which made me kind of sad because reasons, but at least it gave me an excuse to practice my French some more.

I’ve read quite a few of Hill’s ghost stories by this point, and this one is up there with the best. At the same time, there’s kind of not too much to mark any of the different books out, and I’ll probably not remember too much about this six months along the line. But that’s good, because then I could re-read it, and I think it would hold up well. I imagine it would make for a cracking audio book, too. So yeah, I’d definitely recommend it.

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H. P. Lovecraft – The Tomb and Other Tales | Review

Title: The Tomb and Other Tales

Author: H. P. Lovecraft

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 192

Rating: 3.5/5

 

 

I couldn’t decide between a 3/5 and a 3.5/5 for this one, and that’s kind of a shame. People have been telling me for ages that I should pick up Lovecraft because I’d love him, and this one at least just didn’t quite live up to all of the hype.

Don’t get me wrong, it was okay, and there were a few curios in there like a piece that he ghost wrote for Harry Houdini, but it also dragged a little and only a few of the stories really grabbed my attention. On the plus side,  Lovecraft has a unique writing style that’s interesting to say the least, even if there were times at which it was a little too much and ended up getting in the way of the stories.

Overall, while I was expecting more from this, I’ll still read some more Lovecraft in the future. I was just expecting a new favourite author and I doubt he’d make my top fifty.

 

 

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