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.