On the Brighton Road

On the Brighton Road

A man tries desperately to get where he is going.

Richard Barham Middleton (28 October 1882 – 1 December 1911) was an English poet and author, who is remembered mostly for his short ghost stories, in particular “The Ghost Ship”.

The Upper Berth

The Upper Berth

”‘It is very singular,’ he continued, ‘that thing about ghosts. People are always asking whether anybody has seen a ghost. I have.’”

Several of [Francis Marion Crawford’s] short stories, such as “The Upper Berth” (1886; written in 1885), “For the Blood Is the Life” (1905, a vampiress tale), “The Dead Smile” (1899), and “The Screaming Skull” (1908), are often-anthologized classics of the horror genre.

The Empty House

The Empty House

“Certain houses, like certain persons, manage somehow to proclaim at once their character for evil. In the case of the latter, no particular feature need betray them; they may boast an open countenance and an ingenuous smile; and yet a little of their company leaves the unalterable conviction that there is something radically amiss with their being: that they are evil.”

The Red Room

”‘I can assure you,’ said I, ‘that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me.’ And I stood up before the fire with my glass in my hand”