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E.F. Benson

E.F. BensonE.F. Benson (1867-1940) was the son of an Archbishop of Canterbury and wrote over a hundred books during his lifetime, including many popular novels and biographies. He lived in Rye from 1919 to his death, and was mayor of this Sussex town. Several of his ghost stories are set in Rye, which has also been immortalized as ‘Tilling’ in his wonderful ‘Mapp & Lucia’ novels. He was best known in his day for his ghost stories.


The Collected Ghost Stories of E.F. Benson

The Collected Ghost Stories of E.F. Benson by E.F. Benson

I had read E.F. Benson's The Horror Horn to start with (a collection of 13 of his best ghost stories), after seeing that it was considered one of the Top 100 Horror Books of all time in Newman & Jones' excellent overview volume. Each of those 13 stories was so good that I just had to have more, and so picked up this collection — The Collected GhostStories of E.F. Benson (2001) — of every single one of Benson's spooky tales, 54 in all. This collection certainly did not disappoint; I loved every single one of these ghost stor... Read More