Tag Archives: William Meikle

The Ghost Club

4 Apr

Welcome to the Ghost Club – where Arthur Conan Doyle, along with Bram Stoker, Henry James and their guests, invite you to a feast of Victorian tales of the uncanny and macabre.

“The Ghost Club” is written by noted horror writer William Meikle. Each story purports to be written by a prominent Victorian writer. All fourteen stories are seriously weird, always creepy, and, at times downright terrifying. Each one is a great read, but, of course, I have my favourites.

“The High Bungalow” (Rudyard Kipling) – a terrifying tale of ghosts and Freemasonry in the hills of the Punjab.

“The Immortal Memory” (Leo Tolstoy) – death and poetry at the court of Catherine the Great.

“The House of the Dead” (Bram Stoker) – this tale of death and spirits seriously made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end.

“Farside” (Herbert George Wells) – a tale of spirits and technology that left me more than a little unsettled.

“The Angry Ghost” (Oscar Wilde) – not a particularly frightening tale, but notable because William Meikle caught the flavour of Wilde’s style perfectly. It put me in mind of Wilde’s classic story “The Canterville Ghost”.

“The Scrimshaw Set” (Henry James) – this tale of the sea and death is chilling a macabre in equal measures.

“The Curious Affair on the Embankment” (Arthur Conan Doyle) – Inspector Lestrade deals with a missing persons case with a horrifying twist.

I cannot recommend this volume of stories highly enough. If you enjoy classic ghost stories you will love this book.

The Hackney Horror

11 Feb

Someone, or something, is stealing the best brains in Britain. Not the bodies. Just the brains. Holmes and Watson investigate and come face to face with appalling horror.

“The Hackney Horror” by William Meikle is a delicious horror story. I can’t give much detail without giving away the plot, but the story fairly rips along from one thrill to the next.

The friendship between Holmes and Watson is solid. And William Meikle gives us a great Lestrade; all sarcasm and snark.

If you like your Holmes a little strange, you will love “The Hackney Horror”.

Highly recommended.

Sherlock Holmes: The Long Sleep

25 Aug

Those that know me know that I am quite fond of Sherlock Holmes with a side order of weird.

“Sherlock Holmes: The Long Sleep”, by William Meikle serves up an excellent portion of both.

John Watson meets up with an old army comrade at a funeral. The man, Jock Travers, a shadow of himself, tells Watson a tale of terror on the high seas. When Watson relates the story to Holmes, Holmes is keen to investigate and the scene is set for a horror-tinged tale of tomb robbing and its dire results.

William Meikle’s Holmes and Watson are well drawn and the friendship is strong and balanced. Lestrade makes a couple of appearances and is a good, solid character. The original characters, even the minor ones, are well-rounded and feel very real.

An excellent novella that I highly recommend to all lovers of both Sherlock Holmes and weird fiction.

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