Classic Horror Literature: The Monkey’s Paw

Last week on the Ash and Col podcast we were discussing the classic short story W.W. Jacobs’ The Monkey’s Paw. “Monkey’s paw?” said Mrs. White curiously.“Well, it’s just a bit of what you might call magic, perhaps,” said the Sergeant-Major, without first stopping to think.His three listeners leaned forward excitedly. Deep in thought, the visitor … Read more

Classic Horror Literature: The Boogeyman

‘I came to you because I want to tell my story,’ the man on Dr Harper’s couch was saying. The man was Lester Billings from Waterbury, Connecticut. According to the history taken from Nurse Vickers, he was twenty-eight, employed by an industrial firm in New York, divorced, and the father of three children. All deceased.‘I … Read more

Classic Horror Literature: Dracula

By Ashley Lister Last week I said I was going to start writing about supernatural aspects of various counties throughout the UK. Then, having written about Ghost Stations on the London Underground, I grew bored with the topic. Partly this is because I’ve got very little interest in geography. And, because I’m worried that this … Read more

Ashley Lister’s A – Z of Horror: N is for Necronomicon

Necronomicon is a fictional grimoire, first appearing in the stories by horror writer HP Lovecraft, and later being mentioned by his followers. It was first referenced in Lovecraft’s 1924 short story ‘The Hound’ written in 1922, although its most nefarious author, the ‘Mad Arab’ Abdul Alhazred, had been quoted a year earlier in Lovecraft’s ‘The … Read more