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I n the frame narrative of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw , the narrator's friend Douglas, who has been listening to a companion tell a ghost story one Christmas Eve, reflects on the fact that it has involved a little boy. He will trump the story with his own, a narrative written by his sister's governess many years before, which he reads aloud to the company "round the hearth". It involves two children "Two children give two turns! Douglas says that his story has no title, though his own phrase has given James his.

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Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor in London, is summoned to Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, and to sort through her papers before returning to London.

It is here that Kipps first sees the woman in black and begins to gain an impression of the mystery surrounding her. From the funeral he travels to Eel Marsh House and sees the woman again; he also hears the terrifying sounds on the marsh.

It is this night at Eel Marsh House that contains the greatest horror for Kipps. Kipps later discovers the reasons behind the hauntings at Eel Marsh House. The book ends with the woman in black exacting a final, terrible revenge. I read The Woman in Black late at night, with the lights out except my reading light. The prose of this book is delicious. It reminds me of Edgar Poe, of Austen and Mary Shelley, a fluent narrative that is both entrancing and exciting. The story itself is both unique and familiar.

A young lawyer named Kipps needs to handle an estate out in the country, after its owner, an old woman, passed away. Eel Marsh House is haunted. Kipps has to find out by whom and why, before she extracts her terrible vengeance on him as well.

So this story has the basic shape of every gothic ghost story. What The Woman in Black does with these predefined elements of horror literature, is reshape them and rebuild them, mold them into a story that is truly horrible and scary, eerie in its very nature, a sort of climax of everything the gothic horror genre stands for.

The characters are colorful and different. The descriptions are amazing, and instantly transport the reader back in time. The setting is both tranquil and eerie, a perfect fit for the story unfolding in the background.

The protagonist is both charming and endearing, both skeptic and a realist. The movie ending felt flat, even a little lame, a stupid ending as opposed to the truly horrific ending of the novel, in true gothic horror style. The prose alone makes it worth reading, and the well-developed characters and multi-layered story only add to that. The Woman in Black is one of my favorite books ever. I recommend it to all horror and ghost story fans.

Ideal to read late at night or during a thunderstorm. Adding this too my wish list, i love a good creepy read.. Majanka is twenty-six years old and she's loved reading from the moment she finished her first book. She works as a Legal Counsel, and also has a Criminology degree. She's been blogging about books since and became an official reviewer for ind'Tale Magazine in September She promotes authors and sets up virtual book tours through Enchanted Book Promotions. She writes books for children and young adults.

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The Woman in Black

Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor in London, is summoned to Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, and to sort through her papers before returning to London. It is here that Kipps first sees the woman in black and begins to gain an impression of the mystery surrounding her. From the funeral he travels to Eel Marsh House and sees the woman again; he also hears the terrifying sounds on the marsh. It is this night at Eel Marsh House that contains the greatest horror for Kipps. Kipps later discovers the reasons behind the hauntings at Eel Marsh House.

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Share on:. Arthur Kipps is a young solicitor working in a fog-bound London and soon to be married. All looks rosy for Arthur until one day he is called into his boss' office where he is tasked with the affairs of the deceased recluse Alice Drablow. Alice Drablow had lived in the melancholy village of Crythin Gifford in an isolated house on the remote Eel Marsh, a house only accessible by a strange causeway when the tide is out. It is here Arthur must travel to firstly represent his firm at her funeral and then to sift through Mrs Drablow's house to ensure all her legal paperwork is in order.

Book Review: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

T his is a ghost story, so we start with the storyteller. Literary critics rarely use this last term, preferring to talk of the "narrator". But when it comes to hauntings this traditional description is fitting. Arthur Kipps is giving us a tale that he is condemned by his own memories to tell. When the novella opens, he is a man in late middle age, surrounded by adult stepchildren at Christmas. Naturally they begin to tell ghost stories: Christmas is the time for this, when the year is darkest and family or friends are gathered together to be entertained. For the classic ghost story is a performance. Some of the best ghost stories — The Turn of the Screw is the most famous example — begin with this situation: a person telling a story to a group of rapt listeners. The master of the ghost story, the Cambridge don MR James , used to read his latest compositions out loud to friends before publishing them.

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This book was one that was on my wishlist for many years! And when it came to sitting down and reading it , well I will admit I was a little dubious. It starts of describing this young man with a tragic past. It sent a chill down my spine when he first sets eyes on the mysterious woman dressed in black with the I'll looking face. The scares are subtley slotted into the early parts of the novel.

In fact, he anticipates it will be a bit of a holiday.

The house stands at the end of a causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but it is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black — and her terrible purpose. Recently, I read a blog post by Lydia Schoch where she mentioned the book, and my interest was piqued. Would I be able to manage the book, I wondered, after failing so miserably with the film, even the remake? With encouragement from Lydia, I decided to be brave.

A classic ghost story: the chilling tale of a menacing specter haunting a small English town. Arthur Kipps is an up-and-coming London solicitor who is sent to Crythin Gifford—a faraway town in the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway—to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of a client, Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. On a crisp Christmas eve, the elderly Arthur Kipps rests contentedly in front of a roaring fire, surrounded by his stepchildren and loving wife Esme.

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Since reading The Small Hand by Susan Hill last year, her more famous ghost story, The Woman in Black, shot to the top of my reading list. Now that I've read it.

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