EXCELLENT TALE FOR TONIGHT….HALLOWEEN! 🙂
Vintage spooks from chilling tales, brought to you this All Hallows’ Eve by John Maguire…
Halloa! Below there,
So begins Charles Dickens’ short tale of the supernatural, The Signalman.
A ghost story of quality should be simple and use language to create atmosphere, tension and generally – to coin a cliché – raise the hairs on the back of one’s neck. Dickens delivers with a chilling compact example of a classic ghost story; a shocking account of one man’s haunting amidst rails and tram noises.
The tale first appeared in the Christmas edition of the magazine All Year Round, in 1866. It is believed that the master wordsmith used personal experience from his direct involvement in the Staplehurst Rail Crash of 1865. After surviving the tragedy, he nursed other victims, some of whom passed away whilst he was with them. Dickens suffered what would now be known…
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