"tales of whispering voices and maddening sights from deep in the Yorkshire Dales to the ancient hills of Gwent and the eerie quiet of the forests of Dartmoor."
No teddy bears' picnics here; instead there are twelve tales which celebrate "the enduring power of our natural spaces to enthral and terrorise our senses."
"it seems that a man is not sure in what company he may suddenly find himself..."
|from A Bit About Britain|
"Haunted woods are places where narrative and environment are merged, where the imagination and landscape are rooted together,"
and this theme as well as others runs through each and every story in this book. In some cases the idea of "woods" might seem a bit stretched, but it didn't matter to me. Just reading these tales brought back many moments I've spent in forests both day and night, remembering all of the creaks and groans of the trees, the crackle of movement by woodland creatures, and the sense of being in an unworldly place where the sky is hard to see through the canopy. Recommended mainly to those readers who, like me, love these older creepy stories from the past, and to those readers who are fans of the British Library Tales of the Weird series in general. Don't miss the introduction (but do save it until the end), and be sure to check out the cover art as well.
I'm now psyched for a cool day and a hike through the woods -- and for whatever I may encounter there.