The Travelling Bag: And Other Ghostly Stories
From the foggy streets of Victorian London to the eerie perfection of 1950s suburbia, the everyday is invaded by the evil otherworldly in this unforgettable collection of new ghost stories from the author of The Woman in Black.
In the title story, on a murky evening in a warmly lit club off St James, a bishop listens closely as a paranormal detective recounts his most memo...more
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I have reviewed each story individually below.
THE TRAVELLING BAG
The first short in the collection didn’t grab me from the get-go. I didn’t feel it was very spooky and I wasn’t really keen on the way it was laid out. I think the chopping and changing of scenes took away from any ...more
For me Susan Hill is the author of the modern day ghost story classic - Woman in Black and for me is the quintessential author of classic ghost story.
So here we have another short collection (I think there are less than 200 pages) consisting of a number of longer stories all with a macabre twist. To try and explain what you have here is very difficult to do (made all bu ...more
The first story is entertaining but there seem to be some inaccuracies (how can the narrator recount an event he wasn't party to and to which nobody spoke of?) The ending was predictable but well written nonetheless.
Boy Twenty-one is exactly the kind of ghostly tale I usually enjoy, but it felt a little lacking. I was left with a lot more questions than answers and it felt a little unfinished. I thin ...more
'Boy Number 21' is gorgeously melancholic as two lonely boys form an undying friendship, and 'Alice Baker' is a mildly humorous take on the office story, though with a frisson underlying it.
Nicely told and crafted, but don' ...more
The Travelling Bag 3* for me. Quite good.
Boy Twenty-One 2*. Didn't think much of this one and it kind of petered out and left me unsatisfied.
Alice Baker 3*. Wasn't bad. Again kind of petered out without a real explanation.
The Front Room 4*. The best of the lot. Suspenseful and eerie. Ending took me totally by surprise.
Printer's Devil Court 4*. Very good story. Eerie and uncomfortable.
All in ...more
This book attracted me because of the embossed dust cover so beautiful (being a touchy feely kind of book lover). Fans of 'The Woman in Black will surely love this a I did.
A collection of four short stories
The Travelling Bag should really come with a warning especially for those of a nervous disposition and a phobia of fluttery creatures. It is a tale within a tale set in old Victorian times. A story of revenge. W ...more
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I wanted to give this 3.5 stars
These 4 stories are more creepy than scary. I liked story number 1, number 2 and 3 were ok and number 4 really creeped me out.
Very short, easy read
Although I wasn’t sure on the writing style I felt it wasn’t clear enough for me I felt I wasn’t understanding vital parts in the stories.
Worth a rea ...more
These are soft delightful gothic feeling tales, nothing that is queamish or get those who are easily scared. Entertaining and not Susan Hills best, but still a good solid 4 stars.
Ten Second Synopsis:
A collection of four short ghostly stories, with an emphasis on psychological horror.
If this was the first Susan Hill book I had encountered and I read this collection in the traditional fashion (that is, from front to back), I might be forgiven for discarding this book halfway through as sub-par in quality. As this is not my first Susan Hill book, I persevered and am very glad I did so because oddly enough, the ...more
And this book includes four short stories: The Travelling Bag, Boy Twenty-One, Alice Baker and The Front Room. I got quite into the first story, but I do like my pre-Victorian styl ...more
She attended Scarborough Convent School, where she became interested in theatre and literature. Her family left Scarborough in 1958 and moved to Coventry where her father worked in car and aircraft factor ...more