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Short fictional stories set in Haunted Houses. Haunted Houses are classic aren't they? Don't go into the basement—the lights don't work! Oh. Too late. Continue Reading >> Short fictional stories set in Haunted Houses. Haunted Houses are classic aren't they? Don't go into the basement—the lights don't work! Oh. Too late. << Show Less
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Episode 64 Blind Man's Buff by H R Wakefield Blind Man's Buff by Herbert Russell WakefieldH R Wakefield was born in 1888 in Sandgate, Kent, England and died 1964. He was the son of the Bishop of Birmingham. He was educated at the prestigious Marlborough College and then went to Oxford University where he studied history and played cricket, golf, hockey and football. He was secretary to Viscount Northcliffe and served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers when the First World War broke out and was promoted to Captain. After 1920 he settled in London and worked as chief editor in a publishing house. His wife was American, Barbara Standish Waldo, and he met her when she was in London as her family were wealthy and took a house in London each year for the season. He divorced her in 1936 and married again in 1946. Older now, during the Second World War he served as an air-raid warden.H R's brother Gilbert was a successful playwright.Wakefield was famous for his ghost stories during his life. He published seven volumes of ghost stories during his life. His work was appreciated by August Derleth, H P Lovecraft's disciple and some of his stories were published in Weird Tales. His main influences were M R James and Algernon Blackwood (both of whom we have featured on the podcast.)The poet laureate John Betjeman considered Wakefield in the second rank of ghost story writers after M R James, which was praise indeed. However, M R James wasn't as fond of Wakefield's work. H P Lovecraft on the other hand showered Wakefield in praise and said he reached the heights of horror.Wakefield strongly believed in the paranormal, and it is perhaps because of this he was drawn to write in this field. He claimed to have had personal experiences of supernatural phenomena. This story, Blind Man's Buff, plays on the primal fear of the dark and what might lurk within. In that play on phobia it struck me that it was similar to Marghatina Laski's The Tower, which we read as Episode 13Tony's Ghost Story BooksMy latest book, London Horror Stories is available on Amazon UK and Amazon US. Ghost and horror stories with a sense of place. It's available free for Patrons.It's doing moderately well and the audiobook will be coming in stream soon through Author's Republic, which you'll be able to get on Audible.If you've read it and like it, could you please leave a review on Amazon?All purchases, recommendations and support of London Horror Stories is massively helpful to me.Support Tony on Ko-fi!The show is only possible through the support of appreciative listeners. If you'd like to show your appreciation for the podcast, why not nip over to Tony's Ko-Fi page and buy him a coffee? There are also some free tracks there for download, and others to buy.Go here to visit Tony's Ko-Fi page.For Hardcore Lovers of The Podcast: Pledge via PatreonThe regular support of patrons via Patreon ensures that podcast hosting gets paid every month. If you feel you'd like to be a committed supporter, please sign up at the Patreon page.Music by The Heartwood InstituteYou can listen to the album from which this is taken here. Please support hauntological music!Start Your Own Podcast!I am very happy with the wonderful responsive support and constant innovation of my podcast host, Captivate FM. If you want to start a podcast, you will be supported by them all the way.If you use this affiliate link to join Captivate, I also benefit, so thank you!Do You Shop At Amazon?And if so did you know, that if you click to Amazon on my link, even if you don't buy my book, anything you do buy in that session gives me a tiny little percentage of love. So, buy my book! It's only 99c! Or at least, take a click through and leave my book unbought but go on to buy a car!
S0208 The Empty House by Algernon Blackwood Subscribe here, support The Classic Ghost Stories Podcast and obtain exclusive content.S0208: The Empty House by Algernon BlackwoodWe did the Kit Bag by Algernon Blackwood as Episode 20, and there I said:Algernon BlackwoodAlgernon Blackwood was an English writer born in 1869 who ended up as a broadcaster on the radio and TV.His writing was very well received at this time and critics loved him. Even the great American author of weird tales HP Lovecraft cited Blackwood is one of the masters of the craft.Blackwood came from a well-to-do family and was privately educated despite that he was quite an adventurous man. He was interested in Hinduism as a young boy and his career was varied. For example, he ran a dairy farm in Canada and also hotel in the country. It became a newspaper reporter in New York City and was also a bartender and a model and also a violin teacher!All of this time, though he was always writing. He liked being outdoors and his stories often feature the outdoors. He was also interested in the occult and was a member of the hermetic order of the Golden Dawn along with such other characters is Arthur Machen and WB Yeats and Alistair Crowley.At one point he was a paranormal researcher for the British Society for Psychical Research and it is said that this story was based on a case that he investigated.The Empty HouseStructurally, the story is simple: our man hears of the house, he visits the house, he explores the house, weird stuff starts to happen, the ghost is revealed to be a replaying of a tragic scene from the house’s past, the protagonist is merely an observer. If he has an arc, it is the transformation of his attitude to his aunt from seeing her as a feeble old lady to a woman who is in some respects braver than he is.Blackwood lays on the dust, the shadows, the moonlight as well as scurrying beetles and some black thing that scurries off (probably a cat, maybe a rat in the dark). He does this well. We are taken right there.Michael Kellermeyer describes the story as an exploration of fear, rather than ghosts and I think that’s a good point. In that it matches some other stories like Marghatina Laski’s The Tower and H R Wakefield’s Blind Man’s BuffThere’s a whole genre of ‘night in a haunted house’ stories.The Empty House Reminds me of a story I recently read from 1835, No. 252 Rue M. Le Prince by Ralph Adams Cram. That is much older, and more decadent. It’s worth a read though.In 252 Rue. Me Le Prince, as in this story, the person visiting the haunted house is merely a witness to past happenings. At least that was my take. Of course, that is like the Stone Tape theory of hauntings, which holds that the fabric of a building somehow records strong emotion and plays these scenes back as hauntings.It is also reminiscent of Blackwood’s own The Kit Bag, in that we have someone lurking out of sight who eventually is seen and in both cases they are the ghosts of criminals.The story also reminded me of Blind Man’s Buff by HR Wakefield, which we read recently , not to mention The Judge’s House by Bram Stoker, which we haven’t yet got round to.One bizarre incident in The Empty House is when he turns to see his aged aunt’s face is transformed into the face she had as a girl. He finds this horrific and turns from out, but I can’t see why it would be horrible and what purpose it has in this story. I had wondered whether she had been transformed into the murdered maid, but this does not seem to be the case.Blackwood with his stories of outdoor adventure and colourful employment history sounds very much like a man’s man and I am familiar with that archetype from my father’s attitudes and most of the rugby-playing chaps I knew.Blackwood’s stories, especially The Wendigo, are problematic for a modern audience because of their everyday racism. There is also a hint of misogyny, and ageism in his view that the aged aunt (I wonder how old she really was supposed to be – fifty?) is not expected to be brave or dogged, though she proves to be both. He doesn’t paint her as a feeble old woman, which is to Blackwood’s credit.It’s overdue that I recommend Old Style Tales, a one-man labour of love by writer Michael Kellermeyer who produces annotated and illustrated copies of the stories we love.Here's Michael's analysis of the story.NotesSurveyIf you have three minutes, I’d be grateful t
The Haunting of Hill House, Chapter 3, Parts 1, 2 and 3 In which our heroes convene for their first Algonquin Round Table.

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The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe Our narrator returns to the family estate of his childhood companion, after receiving a disturbing letter telling of melancholy and dread. What secret lies at the heart of his disturbance? What horrors await the House of Usher?Summary & Analysis at 53:15Questions, Comments, and Compliments at [email protected] on Insta: @weirdandloathsomeArt by: hamxdesign (IG)
The Rats in the Walls, H. P. Lovecraft (part 1) Part one of "The Rats in the Walls" by H. P. Lovecraft.A successful New England businessman begins the restoration of his ancestral family estate in England, and contends with the local superstitions against his family as well as with the ephemeral commotion within the restored estate.Summary & Analysis at 32:30 Questions, Comments, and Compliments at [email protected] on Insta: @weirdandloathsomeArt by: hamxdesign (IG)
Vincent Price: The Haunting of Hill House We begin an in-depth series on the legendary Vincent Price by discussing one of his best: The Haunting of Hill House.   The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Matt, Mel, and Lisa.   Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at You can contact us via email at [email protected]. We also have a new subreddit at   If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon at As a thank you, our $5 a month donors get exclusive mini episodes released on our "off weeks." Even a little bit makes a huge difference. Mixed and edited by Matt Theme Music by Nicholas Gasparini.