- Wrath of the Ancients - Nemesis of the Gods #1 and Blog Tour
- Witches, Ghosts, Demons and a Dark Avenging Angel - On Tour!
- The Devil's Serenade
- Dark Avenging Angel
- The Pendle Curse
- Saving Grace Devine
- Linden Manor
- About Me
- The Catherine Cavendish Daily News
- Waking the Ancients - Nemesis of the Gods #2
- Cold Revenge
- Miss Abigail's Room
- The Demons of Cambian Street
- The Devil Inside Her
- The Second Wife
- Revenge, Demons, A Sinister Room, and a Haunted Second Wife... On Tour!
Thursday, 30 January 2014
Oscar, Dorian and the Canterville Ghost
Back when I couldn't have been more than ten years old, I saved up my pocket money and bought a paperback called, Mystery and Imagination, containing the stories dramatised in the TV series of the same name. Naturally, I was far too young to be allowed to stay up late and watch that, so I eagerly devoured the wonderful short stories of the likes of Sheridan le Fanu, my soon-to-be-hero M.R. James, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker and many more. But a little gem stood out from the rest, as much as anything because it made me smile. I had my introduction to Oscar Wilde, and the short story was The Canterville Ghost.
The exploits of the hapless ghost of Sir Simon Canterville - as he attempts to frighten off an American invasion of the Otis family into his ancestral home - are a delight. And when poor old long dead Sir Simon is faced with modern detergents used to clean up his recurring bloodstains and Tammany Rising Sun Lubricator applied to his rusting chains, it's enough to make any spectre swear. But the ultimate insult occurs when, his best efforts having failed to raise even the slightest squeak of fear from the unwanted residents, they have the gall to taunt him with a 'ghostly' creation of their own: