The atmospheric time between Halloween and Christmas each year has long been associated with the telling of ghost stories. It is difficult not to recall that singular occasion on 28 October 1893 when. at the 601st meeting of the Chitchat Society at King's College, Cambridge, ten members and a guest gathered and Monty James read two ghost stories. Of course, James cannot be considered to have begun the tradition. Charles Dickens, as much as anyone, did much to develop the association of ghost stories with this particular time of year with his "The Christmas Carol", and Dickens's linking of the ghost story with Christmas continued in the pages of his magazine "Household Words". Ash-Tree Press has revived the idea with this first "Annual Macabre". The them for this year's volume is 'Weird Stories by Women', and this collection - and those of future years - will attempt to give attention to rare and virtually unknown tales of the supernatural and weird. "Annual Macabre 1997" is edited and introduced by Jack Adrian. The stories are: 'A Wedding Day' by Patricia Wentworth, 'The Swaying Vision' by Jessie Douglas Kerruish, 'The Visitor' by Carola Oman, and 'The House of the Laburnams' by Mollie Panter-Downes.
Used availability for Jack Adrian's The Ash-Tree Press Annual Macabre 1997
November 1997 : UK Hardback