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Of the many classic ghost stories set during the holidays, The Woman in Black ranks among the best. Hill's novel is reminiscent of Dickens, full of eerie atmosphere, and delivers a creepy twist that will have you looking over your shoulder for days. If you love Victorian ghost stories, add this to your collection. Make sure to keep an eye out for Hill's equally brilliant The Man in the Picture.
Recommended by Nate Ashley, Powells.com

Atmospheric, dreary, hallucinatory. This is a story told with an English sensibility of calmness set against a backdrop of impending horror. You can see it coming, but logic tells you it can't be real. No blood, no gore, just terrifying imagery and psychological shivers. However, the 2012 movie starring Daniel Radcliffe... not remotely scary or entertaining.
Recommended by Rebeca K., Powells.com

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What real reader does not yearn, somewhere in the recesses of his or her heart, for a really literate, first-class thriller: one that chills the body with foreboding of dark deeds to come, but warms the soul with perceptions and language at once astute and vivid? In other words, a ghost story by Jane Austen.

Austen we cannot, alas, give you, but Susan Hill's remarkable The Woman in Black comes as close as the late twentieth century is likely to provide. Set on the obligatory English moor, on an isolated causeway, the story's hero is Arthur Kipps, an up-and-coming young solicitor who has come north to attend the funeral and settle the estate of Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. The routine formalities he anticipates give way to a tumble of events and secrets more sinister and terrifying than any nightmare: the rocking chair in the nursery of the deserted Eel Marsh House, the eerie sound of pony and trap, a child's scream in the fog, and, most dreadfully, and for Kipps most tragically, the woman in black.

The Woman in Black is both a brilliant exercise in atmosphere and controlled horror and a delicious spine-tingler — proof positive that that neglected genre, the ghost story, isn't dead after all.

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OnTheRun, September 16, 2009 (view all comments by OnTheRun)
The story features a young solicitor named Arthur Kipps whoes dispatched to the north of England to settle the affairs of the recently-deceased Mrs. Drablow, an elderly woman who lived at the remote Eel Marsh House.

It is a chilling ghost story that was recommended to me by a friend and I was not disappointed, this was a thrillingly scary read and with each appearance of the woman in black I felt goose bumps and found myself repeatedly looking over my shoulder. I would recommend this to anyone who loves vivid horror novels.
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ISBN:
9781567921892
Author:
Hill, Susan
Publisher:
David R. Godine Publisher
Illustrator:
Lawrence, John
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Lawyers
Subject:
England
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Horror
Subject:
Children s-Scary Stories
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20011231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.58x5.58x.41 in. .42 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Of the many classic ghost stories set during the holidays, The Woman in Black ranks among the best. Hill's novel is reminiscent of Dickens, full of eerie atmosphere, and delivers a creepy twist that will have you looking over your shoulder for days. If you love Victorian ghost stories, add this to your collection. Make sure to keep an eye out for Hill's equally brilliant The Man in the Picture.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Atmospheric, dreary, hallucinatory. This is a story told with an English sensibility of calmness set against a backdrop of impending horror. You can see it coming, but logic tells you it can't be real. No blood, no gore, just terrifying imagery and psychological shivers. However, the 2012 movie starring Daniel Radcliffe... not remotely scary or entertaining.

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