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In Ghostly Company (1921) by Amyas Northcote
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A Ghostly Company publishes an annual fiction journal, The Silent Companion, to which members are entitled to submit their new stories for publication, if they are of an acceptable standard. Members who are known as Companions can participate by attending events, or writing fiction or articles for the Company. An email group alerts members to information of interest at short notice. It makes me wonder how many great writers have become lost to time because of similar circumstances. James, I did enjoy these stories.
Her nearsighted sister is unable to see it. When the other goes alone, she fails to return. She spends her spare time there and begins to view the trees as her only friends. She yearns to learn their mysteries and begins to sense the area observing her. As she slips further from normal life to become more in tune with the woods, she starts to feel that although the woods have great beauty, it also hides powerful evil. He encounters her a few times afterwards, each under strange circumstances. These unearthly footfalls are tied to a grim family secret.
When their eyes meet, he is filled with an inexplicable dread. From that point on, he is haunted by her and begins to feel evil growing in his soul as it is tormented each night as he sleeps. Nov 06, Kurt Kincaid rated it it was amazing. Truly an unjustly ignored writer of the weird tale, it is a shame he did not have greater output. Often compared to M.
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James, Northcote has a style of his own. James is in a class by himself, and Northcote brings his own style to the genre. Though conventional in a few places, his style is smooth and moves at a respectable pace, particularly for a period known for being wordy and, at times, ponderous. Northcote's frights are subtle and understated, making them all the more unsettling.
If you Truly an unjustly ignored writer of the weird tale, it is a shame he did not have greater output. James, you owe it to yourself to get acquainted with Amyas Northcote's neglected collection. Sep 03, Niall O'Leary rated it did not like it Shelves: In his introduction, David Stuart Davies calls Northcote an amateur in the sense that he didn't write as an occupation. He need not have bothered with the qualification. Northcote writes like a twelve year old. Lacking any suspense, any imagination, and any style, the only virtue these stories possess is brevity.
The collection begins with 'Brickett Bottom', supposedly his best story.
OTHER NOVELS. —In Ghostly Company. By Amyas Northcote. (John Lane.
This should be ample warning for what is to come. There is not a glimmer of the exceptional about this story. And In his introduction, David Stuart Davies calls Northcote an amateur in the sense that he didn't write as an occupation. And things continue on the same low level. If a story ever seems to rise above the predictable, a moment's reflection will remind the reader he is simply borrowing from other better writers. For someone writing in , Northcote has singularly failed to learn from any of his predecessors.
Again and again he uses a clunky relatively lengthy preamble before rushing off what should be the bulk of the tale. I mean why does 'Mr Mortimer's Diary' only take up the last 4 pages of that story? Why, in 'The House in the Wood' does he have one basically anonymous character recount in the first person another basically anonymous character's story?
This author doesn't understand the basics of storytelling. Only 'Mr Oliver Carmichael', the final tale, has any real originality, and even here, he bludgeons his audience with a moralistic ending that throws away whatever menace his leaden writing hasn't already destroyed. This dreary attempt at horror writing just highlights how good some of his contemporaries were, but it brings no glory to Amyas Northcote. There is a reason he has been forgotten.
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Now if only I could forget this book. Oh, I think I have. Now where was I? Dec 05, James Mcgowen rated it it was amazing. Aug 27, Teo rated it liked it. Amyas Northcote is a ghost story writer whose name has faded into obscurity. Wordsworth Editions brings back to life his only, rather slim collection titled "In Ghostly Company". A Goodreads reviewer Bill Kerwin sums this volume perfectly: "This is probably the best book of ghost stories that could written by someone who has a love for the form, a serviceable style, and no spark of genius whatsoever.
The truth is, I don't like M. James particularly Amyas Northcote is a ghost story writer whose name has faded into obscurity. James particularly. I actually couldn't quite finish James' ghost story collection because, while being full of smart ideas, his writing bored me considerably, in most instances.
James employs a too much passive style for my taste, and Northcote apes him - and then some.
In such cases all the action had already happened a long time ago, and we as the readers are not once, but several times removed from it. Instead of following the protagonist as he goes through the ghostly encounter, aka being in the thick of it with him, we're hearing about the event some X years later from someone who had only heard the story, and is now conveying it to us.
Effectively, all true excitement is gone from such narratives. To illustrate, the direst culprit in this collection would undoubtedly be "The House in the Wood". The story features a narrator A who is about to be told a story from B, who heard it from C; however, for effect, B chooses to narrate C's story to A in first person, as if it had happened to B instead of C. I mean, what? Wouldn't it have been easier just to have followed C as the event was happening to him the first time? Despite it all, there are few good tales here, particularly at towards the end, and when all is said and done, "In Ghostly Company" was an OK read, though nothing more than that.