Not the best M.R. James, but glad I managed to fit in a short Ghost Story for Christmas on a busy Christmas Eve.
A must-read for anyone who has ever attempted to write a 100-word author bio. Sit down with this and a cup of something when you get a chance.
Finished reading Fflur Dafydd’s novel Twenty Thousand Saints this past weekend, after starting it during a recent trip to the Llŷn Peninsula. Odd to think of the island being uninhabited now, to me it’s filled with Fflur’s brilliant cast of characters. I’ll have to make the trip out next time.
Two years makes it a tradition! This year’s ghost story for Christmas Eve is 'The Toll House' by W. W. Jacobs.
Last year's ghost story
I recently had the pleasure of reviewing these three excellent pamphlets for Poetry Wales. The full review is in the Summer 2017 issue, out now.
I bought this book for my late grandfather when I was a teenager, and he gave me chapter-by-chapter updates while he was reading it. I've loved reading the same copy all these years later.
Ashamed to say I've never read Ariel, despite owning a copy for over a decade. Using my lunch hours this week to put that right.
From Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen (Penguin, 2007)
Essential reading tonight for our annual Halloween marathon. Finally watching Tod Browning's Freaks, then a couple of old favourites 🎃🎥