||Do you like ghost stories?
| A Ghostly
Company is a literary society formed
in 2004, it takes its name from the title of the H. R. Wakefield ghost
story collection. We are a society devoted to the ghost story
in all its forms, with a bias towards the fiction of such writers as M.
R. James, Edith Nesbit, Algernon Blackwood, Walter de la Mare, Rudyard
Kipling, Charles Dickens, etc. as well as contemporary authors.
We publish a an annual fiction journal, The Silent
Companion, to which members are entitled to submit their new stories
for publication. There is an email group and a public Facebook presence with news and tidbits, there is also a quarterly newsletter.
We hold meetings,
Black Pilgrimages normally twice every year. Venues are decided because
of links to writers, such as being used as
the scenario for stories, or just because we want to go there!
Members, who are known as Companions, are encouraged to participate in
events, submit a ghost story or write articles for the newsletter and
participate in the news group..
Companions on the 2009 Black Pilgrimage, outside
Newcastle's Literary & Philosphical Society within is the
Room'. ©Antonio Monteiro
was something very wrong with this house. I had passed the stage of
pretending otherwise, and my inclination was to take my family away
from it the next day... I suddenly found myself at the end of the
garden, attempting desperately to hide myself behind a rowan tree,
while my eyes were held relentlessly to face the door. And then it
began slowly to open, and something which was horribly unlike anything
I had seen before began passing through it, and I knew It knew I was
there, and then my head seemed burst and flamed asunder, splintered and
destroyed, and I awoke trembling to feel that something in the darkness
was poised an inch or two above me, and then drip, drip, drip,
something began falling on my face.'
'The Red Lodge,' in A Ghostly Company by H. R. Wakefield
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