Dolly


Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781846685750
Category: Country homes
Page: 153
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The remoter parts of the English Fens are forlorn, lost and damp even in the height of summer. At Iyot Lock, a large decaying house, two young cousins, Leonora and Edward, are parked for the summer with their ageing spinster aunt and her cruel housekeeper. At first the unpleasantness and petty meannesses appear simply spiteful, calculated to destroy Edward's equanimity. But when spoilt Leonora is not given the birthday present of a specific dolly that she wants, affairs inexorably take a much darker turn with terrifying, life-destroying consequences for everyone.

The Small Hand


Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1847653170
Category: Fiction
Page: 167
View: 1978
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Late one summer evening, antiquarian bookseller Adam Snow is returning from a client visit when he takes a wrong turn. He stumbles across a derelict Edwardian house, and compelled by curiosity, approaches the door. Standing before the entrance, he feels the unmistakable sensation of a small cold hand creeping into his own, 'as if a child had taken hold of it'. At first he is merely puzzled by the odd incident but then begins to suffer attacks of fear and panic, and is visited by nightmares. He is determined to learn more 'about the house and its once-magnificent, now overgrown garden but when he does so, he receives further, increasingly sinister, visits from the small hand.

Dolly

The Biography
Author: Alanna Nash
Publisher: Cooper Square Pub
ISBN: 9780815412427
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 295
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This comprehensive look at the life of country music superstar Dolly Parton covers her poor but loving Appalachian upbringing through her recent induction into the Country Music Association Hall of Fame.

The Man in the Picture

A Ghost Story
Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1847651534
Category: Fiction
Page: 160
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A mysterious depiction of masked revellers at the Venice carnival hangs in the college rooms of Oliver's old professor in Cambridge. On this cold winter's night, its eerie secret is revealed by the ageing don. The dark art of the Venetian scene, instead of imitating life, has the power to entrap it. To stare into the painting is to play dangerously with the unseen demons it hides, and become the victim of its macabre beauty ...

The Travelling Bag

And Other Ghostly Stories
Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1782834567
Category: Fiction
Page: 140
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From the foggy streets of Victorian London to the eerie perfection of 1950s suburbia, the everyday is invaded by the otherworldly in this unforgettable collection of new ghost stories from the bestselling author of The Woman in Black. In the title story, on a murky evening in a club off St James, a paranormal detective recounts his most memorable case, one whose horrifying denouement took place in that very building. A lonely boy makes a friend in 'Boy Number 21', but years later is forced to question the very nature of that friendship. 'Alice Baker' tells the story of a mysterious new office worker who is accompanied by a lingering smell of decay. And in 'The Front Room', a devoutly Christian mother tries to protect her children from the evil influence of their grandmother, both when she is alive and afterwards. This edition also includes the chilling 'Printer's Devil Court' in which three medical students make an unholy pact whose consequences will pursue one of them to the grave - and perhaps beyond. This is Susan Hill at her best, telling characteristically creepy and surprising tales of thwarted ambition, terrifying revenge and supernatural stirrings that will leave you wide-awake long into the night.

Printer's Devil Court


Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1782831142
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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Ideally spooky Halloween reading... A chilling ghost story by the author of The Woman in Black. One murky November evening after a satisfying meal in their Fleet Street lodgings, a conversation between four medical students takes a curious turn and Hugh is initiated into a dark secret. In the cellar of their narrow lodgings in Printer's Devil Court and a little used mortuary in a subterranean annex of the hospital, they have begun to interfere with death itself, in shadowy experiments beyond the realms of medical ethics. They call on Hugh to witness an event both extraordinary and terrifying. Years later, Hugh has occasion to return to his student digs and the familiar surroundings resurrect peculiar and unpleasant memories of these unnatural events, the true horror of which only slowly becomes apparent.

The Woman in Black and Other Ghost Stories


Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781781255520
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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A stunning gift edition collecting together Susan Hill's spinechilling stories of murder, magic and mayhem.

The Albatross


Author: Luis Sancho
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 059543455X
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 100
View: 1912
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Luis Sancho is a Spanish writer, who thinks the most beautiful books are those who kept you awake when you were a kid; but you still read when you grow up, because you discover new things in them.The Albatross is one of those books: a poetic journey of initiation and discovery.A troubled man who seeks freedom beyond the chains of civilization, finds an albatross who teaches him how to fly. Converted into a bird, he accompanies the old Albatross in his journey across the World, as he learns the codes of life and the pleasures of hunting, gliding and defying the storms

The Mist in the Mirror


Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0701187867
Category: Ghost stories
Page: 272
View: 2741
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For the last twenty years Sir James Monmouth has been a gentleman adventurer, journeying all over the globe in the footsteps of his hero, the great pioneering traveller Conrad Vane. One rainy winter night, Sir James returns to London. Orphaned at five, it is now time to find out more about his family and origins, and also to learn about the early years of Conrad Vane. But at every turn James is warned off his investigation into Conrad Vane. Do these warnings explain his flashes of intense fear and feelings of being watched? And what of the boy who has started haunting his every step and the mysterious mirror with its inexplicable reflections? Eventually, Sir James's quest leads him to the old lady of Kittiscar Hall, and deep into a past that binds him to his hero in ways he never could have imagined.

The Small Hand & Dolly

Two Novellas
Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0345806662
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
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A HAUNTING PAIR OF GHOST STORIES FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE WOMAN IN BLACK The Small Hand Antiquarian bookseller Adam Snow is returning from a client visit when he takes a wrong turn and stumbles upon a derelict Edwardian house with a lush, overgrown garden. As he approaches the door, he is startled to feel the unmistakable sensation of a small, cold hand creeping into his own, almost as though a child has taken hold of it. Shaken, he returns home to find himself plagued by nightmares. But when he decides to investigate the house’s mysteries, he is troubled by increasingly sinister visitations. Dolly After being orphaned at a young age, Edward Cayley is sent to spend the summer with his forbidding Aunt Kestrel at Iyot house, her decaying estate on the damp, lonely fens in the west of England. With him is his spoiled, spiteful cousin Leonora. And when Leonora’s birthday wish for a beautiful doll is denied, she unleashes a furious rage which will haunt Edward through the years to come.

The Mist in the Mirror


Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0345806689
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
View: 453
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A chilling, classically-inspired ghost story from Susan Hill, our reigning mistress of spine-tingling fiction. For the last twenty years Sir James Monmouth has journeyed all over the globe in the footsteps of his hero, the great pioneering traveler Conrad Vane. In an effort to learn more about Vane’s early life—and his own—Sir James sets off for the remote Kittiscar Hall on a cold and rainy winter night. But he soon begins to feel as though something is warning him away at every turn; there are the intense feelings of being watched and the strange apparitions of a sad little boy. And as he learns more about his hero’s past, he discovers that they are only the beginning, for Kittiscar Hall is hiding terrible secret that will bind their lives together in ways he could never have imagined.

I'm the King of the Castle

Penguin Essentials
Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780241970782
Category: Fiction
Page: 208
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Young Edmund Hooper doesn't want anyone else in Warings, the large and rambling Victorian house he shares with his widowed father. Nevertheless Charles Kingshaw and his mother are soon installed and Hooper sets about subtly persecuting the fearful new arrival.

The Bird of Night


Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780140040722
Category: Friendship
Page: 175
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In de stilte van zijn levensavond denkt een oude man terug aan zijn vriendschap met een begaafde dichter, wiens wankele geestesgesteldheid de koers van hun beider leven jarenlang bepaalde.

The Beacon


Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409016722
Category: Fiction
Page: 160
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Colin. May. Frank. Berenice. The Prime children grew up in a bleak country farm house called The Beacon. Colin and Berenice married locally. May went to university in London, but came home within a year and never left again. Only Frank, quiet, watchful Frank, got away. He left for Fleet Street and a career in journalism but its the publication of a book about his childhood that brings the fame and money he craves - and tears his family apart.

Collected Ghost Stories


Author: M. R. James
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191620447
Category: Fiction
Page: 512
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'I was conscious of a most horrible smell of mould, and of a cold kind of face pressed against my own...' Considered by many to be the most terrifying writer in English, M. R. James was an eminent scholar who spent his entire adult life in the academic surroundings of Eton and Cambridge. His classic supernatural tales draw on the terrors of the everyday, in which documents and objects unleash terrible forces, often in closed rooms and night-time settings where imagination runs riot. Lonely country houses, remote inns, ancient churches or the manuscript collections of great libraries provide settings for unbearable menace, from creatures seeking retribution and harm. These stories have lost none of their power to unsettle and disturb. This edition presents all of James's published ghost stories, including the unforgettable 'Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad' and 'Casting the Runes', and an appendix of James's writings on the ghost story. Darryl Jones's introduction and notes provide a fascinating insight into James's background and his mastery of the genre he made his own. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Woman in Black


Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307745316
Category: Fiction
Page: 164
View: 1978
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Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor, travels to the north of England to settle the estate of Alice Drablow, but unexpectedly encounters a series of sinster events.

Howards End is on the Landing

A Year of Reading from Home
Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1846682665
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 236
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In pursuit of an elusive book on her shelves, Hill encountered dozens of others that she had never read, or forgotten she owned, or wanted to read for a second time. The discovery inspired her to embark on a year-long voyage through her books, in order to get to know her own collection again.

The Service Of Clouds


Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446496147
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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At the far end of the long white gallery is a painting of a woman, in pale flowing clothes and lying on a sofa beside an open window. The muslin curtains billow out towards her like clouds. There is a touch of brilliant red, the ribbon on her hat. The rest is white, cream, palest grey. It is a painting which leads Flora on, beckoning her away from her childhood, her complaining, clinging mother, pert younger sister, and the confines of a small community, to a proud and self-reliant future. But later, this image is to prove the catalyst for the most signicant event in her life. Isolation, separation, solitude, betrayal. The shocks of life. The consolations and the beauty of death. A few piercing moments of absolute joy and perfect understanding. THE SERVICE OF CLOUDS is about these things, and also about love, loyalty, friendship, growing up and growing old.

The Red Ghost


Author: Marion Dane Bauer
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0375840826
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 86
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After Jenna gives her little sister an old doll dressed in red velvet as a birthday present, the occurrence of some very disturbing events make Jenna suspect the doll might be possessed.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


Author: Maya Angelou
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 030747772X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age–and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned. Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a modern American classic that will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read. From the Paperback edition.