What Do I Read Next?
The Turn of the Screw, Henry James's 1898 short novel. When a governess goes to take care of two children, she believes she sees the ghosts of the previous governess and her master's valet.
W. W. Jacobs's ‘‘The Monkey's Paw’’ (1902). This short story is about a magical monkey's paw that will give bereaved parents three wishes. They wish that their son were alive again.
"A Haunted House'' (1921), by Virginia Woolf, is a short story about two ghosts who come back to a house in which they had been very happy.
Elizabeth Bowen's ‘‘Pink May’’ (1945) concerns a woman who is cheating on her husband during wartime and is haunted by a female ghost. The marriage breaks up shortly thereafter.
"Mysterious Kor’’ (1945) is Elizabeth Bowen's short story about a woman and her soldier-lover who invent a mysterious city to distract themselves from wartime London.
"London, 1941,’’ Mervyn Peake's poem of London during the Blitz, humanizes the architectural devastation of London.
"The Demon Lover,'' Charles Williams's novel concerning interaction between the living and living dead amid the bombed-out ruins of postwar London. Of Williams and his fiction, T. S. Eliot once wrote, "For the reader who can appreciate them, there are terrors in the pit of darkness into which he can make us look; but in the end, we are brought nearer to what another modern explorer of the darkness has called 'the laughter at the heart of things.'''