Scottish Ghost Stories
Rosemary Gray
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Scottish Ghost Stories

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This book is selected by Rosemary Gray. Scotland has a notoriously rich and diverse cultural tradition when it comes to the supernatural. Many of her greatest writers from Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg to Robert Louis Stevenson and John Buchan have explored the country's unique folkloric heritage to spine-chilling effect. From Highlands to Lowlands, from blasted heath or...more
Published (first published January 1st 2009)
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Let’s start with a painful truth: I don’t really like short stories. It’s not that there is anything particularly wrong with short stories, but on the whole, I just like to invest. I like to invest in the characters, I like to invest in uncovering the plot and I like to invest in the book. These are almost impossible when reading short stories, especially when they are not part of an ongoing series. Still, when I saw Scottish Ghost Stories for no less than €1, I just had to pick it up. After I b...more
Though I thoroughly enjoyed this book and most of its short stories I was a bit disappointed towards the end by the lack of variety. After twenty-something stories there seemed to be a lot of similar ones that could have been left out, because it was quite an extensive read to begin with. However, others stories were very original and enticing to read. Highlights for me were 'The Haunted Major' by Robert Marshall, 'A Cry Across The Black Water' by S.R. Crockett and all of Margaret Oliphant's fea...more
I found this collection of classic Scottish ghost stories, though perhaps overlong and not especially terrifying, entertaining and relaxing to read. I very much enjoyed John Buchan's use of Scots which gave an authentic sense of place and realism to his stories. Margaret Oliphant's writing style is too prolix but her tales are the best, particularly "The Library Window". I was surprised how much I enjoyed not only Robert Louis Stevenson's exciting story-telling but the way his vivid descriptions...more
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