Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The 39th Best Ghost Story 1800-1849


"In a lonely part of the bleak and rocky coast of Scotland, there dwelt a being who was designated by the few who knew and feared him, the Warlock Fisher." That is the tantalizing first sentence of The Phantom Hand that I have selected as the 39th best ghost story for the first half of the nineteenth century. It was first published anonymously in 1823 in The Citizen magazine. It enjoyed a six year publication history in various UK rags. Yes, my countdown of the best ghost stories from 1800-1849 is just starting. But all the ghost stories (even this early in the countdown) are solid and scary. Enjoy.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Author of the 39th Best Ghost Story 1800-1849

Just like the like the author for the 40th best ghost story of 1800-1849, the next author is anonymous. I found a number of these stories in various magazines and periodicals of the day. This one comes from the Literary Magnet and I will post a free link to it in my next post. For now, enjoy the creepy illustration I found from the same time period.

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