London: Cecil Palmer, 1927.
Third Edition. Hardcover. "This is the time for ghost stories. Switch off that electric light...for much illumination is fatal to such talk as we are to have. It is a talk of ghosts, of family curses and of the inexplicable..." So does Charles George Harper (1863–1943), the travel writer, illustrator, and self-proclaimed "haunted man" of this tome, welcome you to these pages where ghost stories, tales of haunted houses, and weird family legends await. Here you'll find such legendary horrors as that of "the Haunted Room" of Glamis Castle, "the abode of mystery," completely walled up and yet emitting unearthly and inexplicable sounds, rumored to be full of the bones of starved fugitives, or possibly the residence of the demon familiar of the witch Lady Glamis, or the home of a half-human monster born into every generation of the family. Another tale records the appearances of the Cauld Boy of Hylton, a so-called naked spirit who haunted its kitchens, helping and hindering in turns, until a suit was made and presented to him. Yet another chronicles the fate of the mysteriously severed head of Anne Griffith at Burton Agnes Hall, which she vowed to haunt should her grinning skull ever be removed from the premises. These eerie tales and many more you'll find in this 1927 tome brimming with British ghosts, poltergeists, skulls and skull legends, apparitions, omens, curses, and hauntings of every kind.
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9" X 6". xi, [i], 13-288pp. Bound in midnight blue cloth over boards, with the ghostly Elizabethan phantom of the now headless Anne Griffith stamped in white to upper board, the gilt-framed "Wardley Hall Skull" stamped in kind to spine, both upper board and spine lettered in gilt. Moderate wear to binding, with scattered rubbing, crease to cloth, and scratch to boards, corner bumped, turned in, and split, and fraying to bumped head and tail of spine. Hinges tender; binding remains quite firm and sound. Some leaves opened roughly, with paper remnants protruding to fore-edge. Bookseller's ticket of Chas E. Lauriat Co. of Boston to front free endpaper, along with marked out previous owner's name dated 1956. Smoky scent to pages throughout, possibly from the many spirits contained within, and coffee stains to pages 14-15, likely the evidence of a spooked reader; occasional small tear to margin, age-toned page, or stray spot of soiling to pages, most clean and unmarked. Illustrated throughout in over 75 black and white illustrations by the author himself of these haunted estates. Good. Item #12007