Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories 7 and 8

Brief recap of two stories from The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories Story #7: “Jack Layford’s Friend” by Anonymous: Jack’s friend happens to be Philip Carlyon – a brave, bright man with a loyal heart. Jack needs help dealing with a ghost of devious cunning nature, and Phil … Continue ReadingVictorian Christmas Ghost Stories 7 and 8

Valancourt Christmas Ghost Story #3

Horror: A True Story – attributed to John Berwick Harwood One tale led to another. Every one was called on in turn to contribute to the public entertainment, and story after story, always relating to demonology and witchcraft, succeeded. It was Christmas, the season for such tales… Horror: A True … Continue ReadingValancourt Christmas Ghost Story #3

Christmas Ghosts – The Old Nurse’s Story

Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghosts – Story #2, by Elizabeth Gaskell The second story in this excellent collection is “The Old Nurse’s Story.” Hester, speaking in first person without the typical layering of narrators, gets right down to business as she tells her former charge’s children how close their … Continue ReadingChristmas Ghosts – The Old Nurse’s Story

Merry Ghostly Christmas!

Many of you already know that ghost stories were popular at Christmas time in Victorian England. Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is the most well-known example. What you may not know is that many Victorian publishers capitalized on that popularity by publishing periodicals filled with ghost stories. Valancourt Books, a present-day … Continue ReadingMerry Ghostly Christmas!