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"The Kit-Bag" is a short ghost story by the British author Algernon Blackwood. It was first published in the December 1908 issue of Pall Mall Magazine.

The action takes place in London shortly before Christmas. The story's protagonist is a young man named Johnson who works for an eminent lawyer named Arthur Wilbraham. Arthur Wilbrham has been defending a man named John
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Published 1908
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for the past two years, i’ve set december’s project aside to do my own version of a short story advent calendar. it’s not a true advent calendar since i choose all the stories myself, but what it lacks in the ‘element of surprise’ department it more than makes up for in hassle, as i try to cram even MORE reading into a life already overcrammed with impossible personal goals (live up to your potential! find meaningful work! learn to
Bobby Underwood
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you’re looking for something slightly murderous and macabre for the holidays that won’t take you long to read, The Kit Bag is delicious fun.

Without giving too much away, it’s about preparations for vacation over the holidays by a young man working for an attorney. The attorney has just sprung a murderer. The young man has borrowed a kit bag from the attorney to pack his clothes in, but as he does, things begin happening which cause him great unease!

To say more might ruin this little
Tom Mathews
This is another marvelous story by Blackwood, an author with unparalleled skill at ratcheting up the tension. Who else can turn packing for a vacation into a tale of mind-numbing horror?

I chose this story as the December short story selection for the Literary Darkness group. It is a good example of a once popular English tradition, the Christmas ghost story. An online copy of The Kit Bag can be found here. In addition, an audio presentation can be found here.
Suki St Charles
31 Classic Horror Stories Every Fan Should Read in October: A Literary Advent Calender for Halloween: Day 4:
Shawn Deal
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I have been trying to get into the spirit of Christmas, shall we say, and have been looking around for some Christmas stories. I came across a list called Ghosts of the Nog, five forgotten Christmas stories. And where this tale has very little to do with Christmas, it does take place on the eve and has a very winter theme. The story is about, essentially, a haunted kit bag, and the poor attorney who mistakenly has it. Great atmosphere, a great English christmas ghost story.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This was put on my radar via the 31 Classic Horror Story Advent Calendar
It has a link for each of the stories.

An excellent short ghost story!
Read as part of the Literary Advent Calendar for Halloween. Includes links to all of the stories.
Patrick Saville
This was a fun scary Christmas story.
Phil Jensen
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a very cool psychological horror story about a guilty conscience. Blackwood uses great spooky details like sounds and shadows to ask questions about the main character's perceptions. Is this really happening, or is it all in his mind? Great fun, much in the vein of something Ambrose Bierce might write. Fans of Blackwood's classic The Wendigo might be disappointed that this is a more traditional ghost story and not a proto-Lovecraft creepfest.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Classic short story about a haunted kit bag. The author build's up the tension and fear very well.
Tim Pendry

A dark little horror tale that is as much psychological as supernatural. You can hear the end coming before it comes but this does not detract from Blackwood's skill at creating unease. Not to be read by the light of a flickering candle alone late at night.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Rachel Boni
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Perfect cozy good old fashioned ghost story, love it!
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A real victorian ghost story - in true gore and horror!
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Blackwood was born in Shooter's Hill (today part of south-east London, but then part of northwest Kent) and educated at Wellington College. His father was a Post Office administrator who, according to Peter Penzoldt, "though not devoid of genuine good-heartedness, had appallingly narrow religious ideas." Blackwood had a varied career, farming in Canada, operating a hotel, as a newspaper reporter ...more
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