Author(s): Susan Hill
'I did not believe in ghosts?Few attend Mrs Alice Drablow?s funeral, and not one blood relative amongst them. There are undertakers with shovels, of course, a local official who would rather be anywhere else, and one Mr Arthur Kipps, solicitor from London. He is to spend the night in Eel Marsh House, the place where the old recluse died amidst a sinking swamp, a blinding fog and a baleful mystery about which the townsfolk refuse to speak. Young Mr Kipps expects a boring evening alone sorting out paperwork and searching for Mrs Drablow?s will. But when the high tide pens him in, what he finds - or rather what finds him - is something else entirely.In the 'Backstory' discover more classic ghost stories and some real-life ones too...Vintage Children?s Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Bookand Alice?s Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamasand The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Susan Hill's original ghost story will induce tears of fear. Beware of reading alone at night.
"Hill's haunting tales may be slim, but they pull no punches..." Harper's Bazaar "Heartstoppingly chilling" Daily Express "A rattling good yarn, the sort that chills the mind as well as the spine" Guardian "She writes with great power... Authentically chilling" Daily Telegraph "An excellent ghost story... magnificently eerie... compulsive reading" Evening Standard
Susan Hill has been a professional writer for over fifty years. Her books have won awards and prizes including the Whitbread, the John Llewellyn Rhys and the Somerset Maugham; and have been shortlisted for the Booker. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Honours. Her novels include Strange Meeting, I'm the King of the Castle and A Kind Man. She has also published autobiographical works and collections of short stories as well as the Simon Serrailler series of crime novels. The play of her ghost story The Woman in Black has been running in London's West End since 1988. She is married with two adult daughters and lives in North Norfolk.