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    Robert Hugh Benson

Best Victorian Ghost Stories of Robert Hugh Benson

by: Robert Hugh Benson

A world of uncanny dimensions is revealed piece by piece as a group of priests confess to one another their encounters with the unknown.

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Author of several acclaimed novels, including The Necromancers (1907) and Lord of the World (1907), as well as two collections of ghostly tales, friend of M. R. James and brother of E. F. Benson, "Hugh" Benson was no stranger to the well told supernatural tale. He became somewhat notorious in late 19th century England when he, the son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, converted to the Catholic Church, a thing which "simply is not done" in British society. As a result of his subsequent immersion in things Catholic, Benson came to write supernatural tales from the point of view of the clergy, a unique approach similar to G. K. Chesterton's Father Brown mysteries.

Dewi Evens, a lecturer in Victorian literature at Brunel University, writes:

“R.H. Benson’s supernatural fiction has been accused of being nothing more than thinly-veiled Catholic propaganda. This is only half true. For while his ghost stories present and promote an ontology that is rigidly Catholic,  it would be churlish to dismiss them as nothing more than mere dogma. In his second collection of uncanny tales, the stories succeed through a carefully heightened sense of unease and mounting horror. Despite the underlying religious certainty, several of the tales also skillfully evoke the ‘cosmic’ horror of the weird fiction tradition, revealing an unseen world in which uncontrollable forces, immeasurably more powerful and more ancient than humanity, are locked in a constant struggle.”

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A world of uncanny dimensions is revealed piece by piece as a group of priests confess to one another their encounters with the paranormal. This collection represents the best of a much heralded author in his day, brother to famed ghost story writer E. F. Benson and friend to M. R. James. “A carefully heightened sense of unease and mounting horror… skillfully evoking the cosmic horror of the weird fiction tradition.” – GothicTexts.com

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Publisher: Borderline Voodoo Press
Publish Date: 2016
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“Best Victorian Ghost Stories of Robert Hugh Benson”

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