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FREE READ Scottish Ghost Stories (Wordsworth Mystery Supernatural) 107 ☆ Scotland has a notoriously rich and diverse cultural tradition when it comes to the supernatural Many of her greatest writers from Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg to Robert Louis Stevenson and John Buchan have explored the country's uniue folkloricFf Edinburgh's colourful Royal Mile which runs from the Palace of Holyrood to the gaunt castle on the rock there are many narrow 'wynds' passages ancient and mysterious As soon as you leave the sunshine and enter these dark and reeking ways you know that you are in a city full of ghosts and spirits unhappy souls condemned for ever to roam this antiue city Tormented spectres like them throng the pages of this disuieting collection Lock your door turn up the li. Let’s start with a painful truth I don’t really like short stories It’s not that there is anything particularly wrong with short stories but on the whole I just like to invest I like to invest in the characters I like to invest in uncovering the plot and I like to invest in the book These are almost impossible when reading short stories especially when they are not part of an ongoing series Still when I saw Scottish Ghost Stories for no less than €1 I just had to pick it up After I bought it it went on the piles next to my bookcase and started gathering dust until our recent trip to Edinburgh What better opportunity for reading this one To be blunt this book is all about deception The blurb is promising things the book doesn’t deliver It’s like booking an all in but ending up with a shabby room and breakfast only consisting of dry toast and cold coffee Not even tea Imagine that If it was cold tea I could’ve managed Alas no such luckThe main issue I had with this book is that the stories aren’t scary at all I guess if you’re frightened by your own shadow this book might give you some shivers but otherwise it won’t At all Sure there are some ghoulies ghost and other nasties but there is one big thing lacking in these stories and that is atmosphere For me the creepy is not in the ghost but in the air It’s like watching a horror movie with the sound muted The blood drooling flesh devouring zombies may almost be crawling out of the screen without the music and the suspense the atmosphere creates you’ll just giggle The same with this book The atmosphere was set on mute and it all fell flat A main contributor to that is the way the stories were told That’s what they were they were being told Most started in a way like You won’t believe what happened to me mate I’ll tell ya And on the story goes Instead of living it it’s a retelling and it didn’t do the stories any justiceBut even considering this most of the stories aren’t worth mentioning at all There were a few that I did like such as the one with the Mysterious Bride of Summer Weather Whilst not fabulous I did like reading those Another which didn’t lack in atmosphere was The Haunted Major However this one was a humorous tale so there goes the creep factor The Tapestried Chamber is another one worth mentioning because it had by far the most unsettling premise A chamber haunted by the ghost of a woman who dealt in incest and bloody rituals is unlocked and a man goes there for a sleepover The story falls flat where we skip the night and once again go for a retelling of what he saw SeriouslyI realise I’m being harsh on this book and part of me wonders if it is really fair to be so Cause you see most of these stories are old and in a way you can’t really make an honest comparison with modern literature can you There are some big authors included here but my 2000 ish mindset is just programmed for bias So whilst I didn’t like what I’ve read I do appreciate it for enriching my understanding of Scottish culture and acknowledge the importance of said authors In the end the story I liked best was The Body Snatchers by Robert Louis Stevenson Not because it was particularly haunting but because when in Scotland my partner shar

Scottish Ghost Stories Wordsworth Mystery SupernaturalFf Edinburgh's colourful Royal Mile which runs from the Palace of Holyrood to the gaunt castle on the rock there are many narrow 'wynds' passages ancient and mysterious As soon as you leave the sunshine and enter these dark and reeking ways you know that you are in a city full of ghosts and spirits unhappy souls condemned for ever to roam this antiue city Tormented spectres like them throng the pages of this disuieting collection Lock your door turn up the li. Let’s start with a painful truth I don’t really like short stories It’s not that there is anything particularly wrong with short stories but on the whole I just like to invest I like to invest in the characters I like to invest in uncovering the plot and I like to invest in the book These are almost impossible when reading short stories especially when they are not part of an ongoing series Still when I saw Scottish Ghost Stories for no less than €1 I just had to pick it up After I bought it it went on the piles next to my bookcase and started gathering dust until our recent trip to Edinburgh What better opportunity for reading this one To be blunt this book is all about deception The blurb is promising things the book doesn’t deliver It’s like booking an all in but ending up with a shabby room and breakfast only consisting of dry toast and cold coffee Not even tea Imagine that If it was cold tea I could’ve managed Alas no such luckThe main issue I had with this book is that the stories aren’t scary at all I guess if you’re frightened by your own shadow this book might give you some shivers but otherwise it won’t At all Sure there are some ghoulies ghost and other nasties but there is one big thing lacking in these stories and that is atmosphere For me the creepy is not in the ghost but in the air It’s like watching a horror movie with the sound muted The blood drooling flesh devouring zombies may almost be crawling out of the screen without the music and the suspense the atmosphere creates you’ll just giggle The same with this book The atmosphere was set on mute and it all fell flat A main contributor to that is the way the stories were told That’s what they were they were being told Most started in a way like You won’t believe what happened to me mate I’ll tell ya And on the story goes Instead of living it it’s a retelling and it didn’t do the stories any justiceBut even considering this most of the stories aren’t worth mentioning at all There were a few that I did like such as the one with the Mysterious Bride of Summer Weather Whilst not fabulous I did like reading those Another which didn’t lack in atmosphere was The Haunted Major However this one was a humorous tale so there goes the creep factor The Tapestried Chamber is another one worth mentioning because it had by far the most unsettling premise A chamber haunted by the ghost of a woman who dealt in incest and bloody rituals is unlocked and a man goes there for a sleepover The story falls flat where we skip the night and once again go for a retelling of what he saw SeriouslyI realise I’m being harsh on this book and part of me wonders if it is really fair to be so Cause you see most of these stories are old and in a way you can’t really make an honest comparison with modern literature can you There are some big authors included here but my 2000 ish mindset is just programmed for bias So whilst I didn’t like what I’ve read I do appreciate it for enriching my understanding of Scottish culture and acknowledge the importance of said authors In the end the story I liked best was The Body Snatchers by Robert Louis Stevenson Not because it was particularly haunting but because when in Scotland my partner shar

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Scottish Ghost Stories (Wordsworth Mystery Supernatural) ↠ Scotland has a notoriously rich and diverse cultural tradition when it comes to the supernatural Many of her greatest writers from Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg to Robert Louis Stevenson and John Buchan have explored the country's uniue folkloric heritage to spine chilling effect From Highlands to Lowlands from blasted heath or remote glen to wretched hovel or austere castle the very topography lends itself somehow to the strange and unexplainable Leading o. I found this collection of classic Scottish ghost stories though perhaps overlong and not especially terrifying entertaining and relaxing to read I very much enjoyed John Buchan's use of Scots which gave an authentic sense of place and realism to his stories Margaret Oliphant's writing style is too prolix but her tales are the best particularly The Library Window I was surprised how much I enjoyed not only Robert Louis Stevenson's exciting story telling but the way his vivid descriptions convey atmosphere and build tension I would have liked the editor to have included the date when each of these ghost stories was originally written But however old they are they have mostly stood the test of time and are still a good read today REVIEW Ñ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ö Rosemary Gray

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Rosemary Gray Ö 7 FREE READ Ghts put extra logs on the fire and as you start to read utter a fervent prayer From ghoulies and ghosties And long leggety beasties And things that go bump in the night Good Lord deliver us If this plea fails to work and they choose to come for you despair; there is no hope; there is no escape In truth dear reader if you are of a nervous disposition and liable to fearings and fantasies we are not sure this book is entirely suitable for you You have been warn. Though I thoroughly enjoyed this book and most of its short stories I was a bit disappointed towards the end by the lack of variety After twenty something stories there seemed to be a lot of similar ones that could have been left out because it was uite an extensive read to begin with However others stories were very original and enticing to read Highlights for me were 'The Haunted Major' by Robert Marshall 'A Cry Across The Black Water' by SR Crockett and all of Margaret Oliphant's featured storiesAs a non native English speaker it was a real challenge to read the old Scottish dialect and Scottish slang the common characters in several stories used but it was for from impossible and fun to recognise bits and pieces of other languages here and there