The Travelling Bag And Other Ghostly Stories by Susan Hill
Why I read: I’ve previously enjoyed spooky ghost stories by Susan Hill.
Book blurb: “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 paperback edition 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.”
The Travelling Bag and other Ghostly Stories contains 4 short tales all eloquently written in Susan Hill’s gothic style. They are all spooky stories that slowly creep up on you rather than gory horror. As the atmosphere within each one slowly builds up like a crescendo of eeriness to their creepy finale. Most are in the traditional Gothic style but a couple have a more contemporary setting. These are all beautifully crafted to leave a chill down your spine. You do have to let your imagination run wild from the subtle suggestions contained but this just adds to the traditional style.
If you’ve loved previous books by Susan Hill definitely give these tales a spin. They are not her best stories however fit beautifully into her collection of work. I enjoyed all the tales. Each one was different enough to keep my attention. There is nothing groundbreaking in them but all are fine examples of gothic spookiness. They are a quick and easy read I think the total page count for all is less than 200 pages. Perfect to read tucked up in bed on a dark stormy night.
Recommended for fans of: traditional ghost stories, spooky tales
I received a free advanced reader copy via Netgallery in return for an honest review.