‘These stories have all had their origins in dreams… These dreams were terrifying enough to the dreamer… I hope that some readers will experience an agreeable shudder or two in the reading of them.’
An enigmatic and shadowy presence answers the call of an ancient curse on the coast of Brittany; a traveller’s curiosity leads him to witness a hellish sacrifice by night; a treasure-hunt in a haunted mansion takes a turn for the tentacular.
Described in the author’s foreword as an attempt to convey a series of nightmares she experienced, Randalls Round is a thrilling collection of strange stories ranging from depictions of ritualistic folk horror to tales of ancient forces versus humanity in the vein of M R James. Despite being the only weird fiction written under the Scott pseudonym, this collection is deserving of a much wider readership and its place in the development of the weird and folk horror subgenres.
|Dimensions||130 × 190 mm|
Eleanor Scott was a pseudonym used by Helen Magdalen Leys (1892-1965), an Oxford-based teacher and versatile author of a handful novels and short stories. Her debut novel War Among Ladies (1928) was a skilful portrait of staff-room politics drawing upon her experiences in education, whereas Randalls Round, published the following year, demonstrated her powers as a writer of the macabre. She also penned two mystery novels as P R Shore.