ghostly recommendations request

Chris R sfa_ok2001 at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Apr 11 18:04:15 EDT 2005


Thanks, everyone. This is a fantastic list of reccs. I
think I'll pass it on and start working on it myself
when I finish the current pile of books. (ObDWJ: one
of which was Conrad's Fate, yay!)

Chris

--- Elizabeth Bentley
<elizabeth at wardrobe-on-the-web.com> wrote:
> On 11/4/05 12:17 pm, "minnow at belfry.org.uk"
> <minnow at belfry.org.uk> wrote:
> 
> >> On Mon, Apr 11, 2005 at 10:40:30AM +0100,
> Rowland, Jennifer A B wrote:
> >> 
> >>> Jo Walton recommended a book recently (I haven't
> read it); it seems to be
> >>> in print, but might not be the easiest to find.
> "Mary Stewart's Nine
> >>> Coaches Waiting
> > 
> > and Roger replied:
> > 
> >> It is very good indeed, but not a "horror" book
> at all - no
> >> supernatural goings-on.
> > 
> > I'd rather agree.  Though it has some of the
> horror tropes (lone girl
> > against all sorts of skullduggery, castle,
> sinister owner), it lacks the
> > sense of Things Unknown To Mortal Ken that I feel
> ought to be part of
> > horror: it's too mundane, and the heroine too
> matter-of-fact, and the
> > threats too ordinary (shooting, poison) for it to
> be spine-chill-scary.  Of
> > Stewart's I would have said that *Touch Not The
> Cat* or *Wildfire At
> > Midnight* or *The Gabriel Hounds* were the
> creepiest, and might fit the
> > requirement better, with TNTC the nearest to
> supernatural, WFAM as the most
> > scary, and TGH as having the most gothic
> trappings.
> 
> I'd certainly agree that Wildfire is the scariest -
> one of the few books to
> give me waking nightmares as a teenager.
> 
> EB
> Elizabeth Bentley
> mailto:elizabeth at wardrobe-on-the-web.com
> 
>
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