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Whistling past the churchyard : strange tales from a superstitious Welshman

Author: Jon Manchip White
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Whistling Past the Churchyard: Strange Tales from a Superstitious Welshman is a delightfully spooky collection of original Welsh stories told in the tradition of the ghost stories of Edith Wharton and W. Somerset Maugham. The Welsh are known for their lavish imaginations, fascination with the supernatural, and obsession with death. In these stories we meet a panoply of characters, including a traveling scholar who
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Genre/Form: Paranormal fiction
Fiction
Ghost stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jon Manchip White
ISBN: 087113487X 9780871134875
OCLC Number: 25747724
Description: xii, 227 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Langa Valela --
The Well --
The Commodore --
Toccata --
The Rowans --
Nightingales --
Carry Me Home --
The Ruby Fly --
The Spirit of Wales --
A Sailor Dies at Sea --
The Quarry --
The Wild Goose --
The Room --
The Catch --
The Crimson Shamrock --
The Basement --
Crawlers.
Responsibility: Jon Manchip White.

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Whistling Past the Churchyard: Strange Tales from a Superstitious Welshman is a delightfully spooky collection of original Welsh stories told in the tradition of the ghost stories of Edith Wharton and W. Somerset Maugham. The Welsh are known for their lavish imaginations, fascination with the supernatural, and obsession with death. In these stories we meet a panoply of characters, including a traveling scholar who encounters the spirit of the long-dead poet he is.

Researching; a frustrated professor who attempts to curse his rival and falls victim to his own vengeful plan; and many others who come upon otherworldly occurrences and spiritual phenomena. We are transported to the raging shores of Cardigan Bay, where an eccentric old man and his ferocious black dog patrol the beach to keep the menacing sea in check; to a country estate where enormous ancient rowan trees control a man's destiny: and to dark, damp forests, rain-soaked.

Gravesites, and other eerie settings. In Whistling Past the Churchyard, Jon Manchip White richly depicts these odd Welsh characters and artfully renders the rugged beauty of the Welsh landscape that serves as the backdrop for these sometimes amusing, sometimes terrifying, but always mystifying tales.

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