Wordsworth Books have been republishing masters of the traditional ghost story in very nice editions, and I’m currently on a hunt to find the best ghost stories ever written. I’ve got EF Benson and MR James there on my list, along with Sheridan Le Fanu, Marjorie Bowen, Dickens, DK Broster, Gertrude Atherton, WH Hodgson, Alice & Claude Askew, Lofcadio Hearn, Edith Nesbit and many more, but the problem is an embarrassment of riches – there are simply too many to try and read.
What I’m looking for is a short story with some real depth and resonance, the kind of tale that lingers in your memory and deepens after you’ve finished it. Among my favourites are ‘Three Miles Up’ by Elizabeth Jane Howard and ‘Casting The Runes’ by MR James, but I’d like to try and find something with the sad subtlety of Sarah Waters’ ‘The Little Stranger’ (a good idea dragged out to inordinate length) or ‘The Others’.
All suggestions gratefully received!