The Small Hand by Susan Hill

Posted on 12th August 2011 in Reviews

Susah Hill writes amazing supernatural tales. I figured it’s better to flag my status as being ‘in awe of Susan Hill’ as soon as possible; not that there’s usually any room for confusion. Hill is a modern day expert as regards the ghost story, and her novella The Woman in Black one of the finest examples of supernatural literature to date. When it comes to setting a scene, and soaking the reader in a world written in spookiest ink, Hill knows the score.

John Keats once wrote a letter to an acquaintance, J. H. Reynold, as to how he would impress him with emotionally charged prose:  “I’ll cavern you, and grotto you, and waterfall you, and wood you, and water you, and immense-rock you, and tremendous sound you, and solitude you…” he promised. As in a similar style to the Romantic poet, Susan Hill has a toolset to effect all of the finest literary gothic traditions. Click here to read more.. »

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

Posted on 8th July 2011 in Reviews

Imagine, if you will, a book so spooky that the person responsible for transcribing it from the author’s notes and cassette tape wouldn’t do so, unless there was someone else with them in the house. Such behaviour is more than understandable, given the atmosphere of Susan Hill’s ghost novel The Woman in Black.

Its subsequent evolution into a highly successful West End play (running since 1989), and soon to be released film starring Daniel Radcliffe (aye, he of Harry Potter fame) should not therefore surprise anyone familiar with its source material. It’s got panache, and it’s genuinely chilling. Click here to read more.. »