Uncanny Tales – H.E. Bulstrode

Four tales of the weird and the uncanny from England’s historic shires.
Prepare to meet four spirits: a mediaeval animalistic heretic; a personification of Death that has journeyed far from its Breton homeland; a Celtic goddess thirsting for vengeance, and a mysterious sickle-wielding hedger. Some are guardians of their place and of their values, caring not for contemporary social mores or those who cleave to them. Others wreak a vengeance upon the living to make them atone for perceived injustices, unleashing chaos in the personal lives and relationships of their chosen victims.

From the near-contemporary settings of The Rude Woman of Cerne and The Ghost of Scarside Beck, to the Victorian era and further back still in At Fall of Night and Epona, each of these tales is firmly rooted in its rural locality. All four are ghost stories, but also draw upon folk horror, the gothic, historical fiction, and satire. There is thus much to appeal to the general reader, as well as to aficionados of weird and uncanny fiction. Readers may also appreciate another of the author’s collections of supernatural and occult fiction which is set in the English West Country: Anthology: Wry Out West.