Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2015 - anniversaries and things

The coming year sees quite a few anniversaries of significance to lovers of the ghostly, the eerie, and the downright odd. Here are a few:

A.C (1862-1925) and E.F. Benson (1967-40) - Authors of numerous ghost stories.

D.K. Broster (1877-1950) - Couching at the Door, a Jamesian collection

Margaret Brundage (1900-76) - Noted horror/fantasy artist, esp. for Weird Tales

John Buchan (1875-1940) - 'The Grove of Ashtaroth', 'The Wind in the Portico', and others

Angela Carter (1940-92) - 'The Company of Wolves', 'The Lady of the House of Love', and others

Charles Dickens (1812-70) - 'The Signalman', 'A Christmas Carol', and much else besides

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) - 'Lot No. 249', 'The Ring of Thoth', and several other weird tales

Dante (c. 1265-1321) - Poet, The Divine Comedy

Gerald Durrell (1925-95) - 'The Entrance', a notable ghost story in the collection The Picnic

Mary E, Wilkins Freeman (1852-1930) - 'The Wind the Rose Bush' and many other ghost stories

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) - 'The Yellow Wallpaper'

H. Rider Haggard (1856-1925) - She, and many weird tales

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) - 'The Withered Arm' and several other weird tales

L.P. Hartley (1885-1972) - 'Feet Foremost', 'A Visitor from Down Under', and many more

Lafcadio Hearn/Koizumi Yakumo (1850-1904) - Author of Kwaidan 

Taro Hirai/Edogawa Rampo (1894-1965) - Japanese horror and mystery writer

Shirley Jackson (1916-65) - 'The Lottery', The Haunting of Hill House (Filmed as The Haunting)

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) - 'The Mark of the Beast' and dozens of other weird tales

Marghanita Laski (1915-88) - 'The Tower'

D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930) - 'The Rocking-Horse Winner' and some other strange tales

Fritz Leiber (1910-1992) - 'Smoke Ghost', Our Lady of Darkness, Conjure Wife, and much else

Matthew Lewis (1775-1818) - The Monk

Lovecraft photo

H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) - August 20th, to be precise

Richard Marsh (1857-1915) - The Beetle and various weird tales

Guy de Maupassant (1850-93) - 'The Horla', 'The Braid of Hair', 'The Hand', and other weird tales

John Metcalfe (1891-1965) - The Smoking Leg, Nighmare Jack and Other Stories

Philippa Pearce (1920-2006) - Tom's Midnight Garden

L.T.C. Rolt (1910-74) - Sleep No More, collection in the Jamesian tradition

J.K. Rowling (1965) - Most successful living author of supernatural fiction

Rod Serling (1924-1975) -  The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery

Karl Edward Wagner (1945-94) - Noted horror./fantasy writer and editor.

'Sarban'/John William Wall (1910-89) - Ringstones, The Sound of His Horn

This is an incomplete list. Your move!

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