Ah, Hallowe’en!

From the listless repose of the place, and the peculiar character of its inhabitants, who are descendants from the original Dutch settlers, this sequestered glen has long been known by the name of SLEEPY HOLLOW, and its rustic lads are called the Sleepy Hollow Boys throughout all the neighboring country. A drowsy, dreamy influence seems …

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Traditions, Part One

For years the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “As It Happens” program has broadcast Alan Maitland’s reading of Frederick Forsyth’s “The Shepherd” on or about Christmas Eve. Here’s the story behind the tale: Forsyth created this original work as a Christmas gift to his first wife Carrie after she requested a ghost story be written for her. …

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Gettysburg, Day Two, 150 years ago

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Bateman, USA, an historian, has been writing a brief day-by-day history of the Battle of Gettysburg, which took place 150 years ago this week. It’s told in the vernacular and it’s very interesting. If you’ve seen the movie Gettysburg you’ll be familiar with Chamberlain and his Maine volunteers at Little Round Top, …

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Subtlety in horror

Most 20th-century horror films seem to relish the gore. I don’t think anyone would suggest that “Saw” or “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” were subtle. August Heat is different. I read the final sentence and had to re-read it to really recognize what W. F. Harvey had just done. It’s wonderful.

Fear

Another story from the anthology: Algernon Blackwood’s The Empty House: Inside the house the silence became awful; awful, he thought, because any minute now it might be broken by sounds portending terror. The strain of waiting told more and more severely on the nerves; they talked in whispers when they talked at all, for their …

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