Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Book of Ghosts

Sabine Baring-Gould - A Book of Ghosts (1904)

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Baring-Gould was a Devon priest and prolific author whose best known works are the hymn "Onward Christian Soldiers" and that wonderful Curious Myths of the Middle Ages, so shot through with references and miscellaneous learning that its subject almost vanishes.  He also wrote fiction including several novels and this collection of stories that either re-tell folk stories or mimic them (or so it appears from skimming the book).  Apparently one story is about the ghosts who haunt the British Museum if that has any appeal.  He also wrote The Book of Were-wolves and another collection of weird tales called Margery Of Quether.