The Little Ghost by Hugh Walpole (1933)
Tuesday’s Tale of Terror July 25, 2017
Death is an amazing adventure, yes? If you’ve ever lost a loved one, dear friend or relative, you know that “horrible grey loneliness” that can haunt you in the most subtle of ways. Our narrator has a ghost story to tell you. He is a journalist, happily married with two children and living in Wimbledon. When his greatest friend Charlie Bond, a man with a charming personality, dies suddenly, the reality hits hard. Missing Charlie in his life becomes a pervasive ache for our narrator, and he escapes for a short holiday to the seaside. Sometimes when you fight a memory, the strangest things can happen. Like when you think you are alone in a room—but are not alone at all.
Read The Little Ghost at Gutenberg.net . Scroll down to click the title.
This short story was published in the collection All Souls’ Night. Sir Hugh Walpole was a best-selling British novelist. He published 36 novels and 6 volumes of short stories. Virginia Woolf praised his writing: “It is no disparagement to a writer to say that his gift is for the small things rather than for the larger. If you are faithful with the details the large effects will grow inevitably out of those very details.”
Joseph Conrad said of him, “We see Mr. Walpole grappling with the truth of things spiritual and material with his characteristic earnestness, and we can discern the characteristics of this acute and sympathetic explorer of human nature.”
You might also like The Silver Mask or the vampire narrative Tarnhelm, included in All Souls’ Night.
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