Winter is a time for stories of the strange, the supernatural, and the ghostly. With long dark evenings, what better way to pass the time than to gather round the fire and tell tales of the mysterious things that are abroad? And if we have swapped the fire for a television or tablet these days, and our stories are those of Strictly Come Dancing or The X-Factor, how far have we really come? We still worry about noises outside in the darkness, and there is little more ghoulish a spectacle than the wringer The X-Factor’s poor contestants are put through.
So, get comfortable, reach for your glass of sherry/mug of hot chocolate, warm your feet by the fire/radiator, and settle in for perhaps the greatest transport ghost story of them all: Charles Dickens’ The Signalman.
First published in 1866…
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