Horror Stories by E Nesbit

I’m a sucker for Victorian and Edwardian ghost stories, and some of these were very good; my favourites were “Man-size in Marble” and “The Shadow” (which had shades of “The Little Stranger” by Sarah Waters). They seemed effectively generic at first, but the trope of the narrator who loses the girl (or boy) to a friend who is later the victim of something supernatural and nasty was striking. For all the protestations of enduring affection for the love rival, some of these sounded like an unconscious jealous curse.

The slightly bizarre thing was reading loving descriptions of southern English countryside while in Greece!

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