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Classic Ghost Stories by Tony Walker
Ghost stories to send a festive chill up your spine. Relax amongst the tinsel and fairy lights and don't act too shocked when the Ghost of Christmas Past comes knocking Continue Reading >> Ghost stories to send a festive chill up your spine. Relax amongst the tinsel and fairy lights and don't act too shocked when the Ghost of Christmas Past comes knocking << Show Less
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Episode 26: A Christmas Meeting by Rosemary Timperley Rosemary TimperleyRosemary Timperley was an English author born in 1920 who died aged 68 in 1988. She was a very prolific writer and published 66 novels and several hundred ghost and several hundred short stories. She particularly liked writing ghost stories and ended up editing several volumes of ghost stories and choosing other peoples.As well as writing she was a school teacher and taught English language and literature in schools in Essex and London. Very interestingly she also was an agony aunt from 1949 for a popular magazine. Her writing related to ghosts the most famous ghost stories are this one a Christmas Meeting which was published in 1952 and also the Mistress in Black published in 1969.This is a very short Christmas themed ghost story which I thought was appropriate for Boxing Day, or as I note in the audio version of the show notes: St Stephen's Day.I could see the twist in the tail coming for this story and I'm sure that you did also, as we have read a number of ghost stories together now and we can anticipate what will happen.A Christmas Meeting is a very modern story and the writing is modern but I thought that Rosemary Timperley put in some very sweet touches. And I particularly enjoyed her musings and descriptions of Christmas past. But she manages to evoke a lifetime of sweet memories.Though she was only 32 when she wrote the story she has a very sunny outlook on life and I like the way she says the time doesn't exist. Now you can take that anyway you want put on this Christmas holiday period I wish you all a lovely time and many happy memories of Christmases past and imaginings of Christmases future.All shall be well and all manner of things shall be well!LinksWebsiteClassic Ghost Stories PodcastMusicHeartwood InstitutePatronage & SupportDonate a CoffeeBecome a PatreonSupport the show (
Episode 21 Christmas Eve on a Haunted Hulk by Frank Cowper Christmas Eve on a haunted hulk by Frank CowperFrank Cowper was born in 1849 and died in 1930. He was an English yachtsman primarily famous for his pioneering work in developing the whole business of modern cruising. He was primarily a sailor but gained fame with his book /Sailing Tours/ which described his voyages in his yachts.He clearly also was an accomplished writer as we see it in this story /Christmas Eve on A Haunted Hulk/ has a very realistic style. The vividness of the description of his foray through the marshes shows he was very familiar with this kind of terrain. One incidental gem of this story is the picture he gives of the provincial life of educated gentlefolk amongst the Victorian peasantry. I have no doubt that this was drawn from Frank Cowper’s actual experience. I suspect that the being stuck under his bed after falling out in the night is also an actual incident from his life.I read this particular story as part of my series of Christmas themed ghost stories leading up to Christmas this year. I have done /The Snow/ by Hugh Walpole and I anticipate doing a couple more Christmas stories before tackling Charles Dickens is /A Christmas Carol/. However there is many a slip twixt cup and lip and it may be that I do not get round to reading a Christmas Carol as I have rather a busy schedule between now and the winter festival itself.I am sitting alone here editing this audio file and trying to get it done before bed. I hope then you will forgive that I am not going to spend a lot of time talking about this story.In some ways it has elements similar to last week’s story /The Kitbag/ by Algernon Blackwood. In both tales, we have the sensory description of something going on that frightens yet does not actually touch the protagonist. Frank Cowper’s description of the cold and damp of the abandoned hulk was very convincing. The only other point I want to make is that it is not particularly Christmassy in tone. For one thing there is no snow! However this dreary cold rainy weather is far more characteristic of an English Christmas than the picture postcard snowman and Santa Claus we would like to believe in.Many things have happened since I last spoke to you however we now have a website. Please check it out. Www.classicghoststories.comAs always, I beg you to share, rate and love the podcast. Let us grow strong!Support the show (
TRAILER - Jacob Marley is Dead If you enjoyed A Christmas Carol, you might also enjoy my companion podcast "Jacob Marley is Dead" a weekly discussion podcast where myself and my co-host James break down the many many film and television adaptations of A Christmas Carol that have been made over the years.
Check out "Jacob Marley is Dead" wherever you find good podcasts!
Stave 1 - Marley's Ghost In which the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge receives a most unexpected visit and learns of an opportunity for his own redemption.
Music by Kevin MacLeod
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