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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Qontro Classic Books (July 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YJGDNW
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,635,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Widdershins George Oliver Onions (b. 13 November 1873 – d. 9 April 1961) was a British writer of story collections and over 40 novels. He was married to the novelist Berta Ruck. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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NO SPOILERS "The Beckoning Fair One" is the longest (a novella) and best known piece in this collection of short stories. Writer Paul Oleron moves into several rooms of an otherwise long empty, neglected and run down home. He soon finds himself obsessed by what he believes to be a ghost. The question for the reader to determine is whether it is a ghost, a leanan sídhe, some other phenomena, or the deterioration of Oleron's own mind at work.

This and the other stories showcases Onions' strength at creating mood. It's best to read the novella in one or two sittings only, as the reader's involvement in the tone and identification with the main character build as the story progresses. In some ways the stories reminded me of the slow building classic The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, so if you enjoyed that novella, you may like Onions' stories.

Onions didn't write "jump out and BOO" stories. They're carefully crafted gems of mood, plot and characterization which have influenced many big name writers after his time. And here Amazon has a collection of his stories - for free! Enjoy!
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Redden on April 5, 2012
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I wanted to enjoy this collection of short, creepy stories; however, I just couldn't work up much interest in any of them. After finishing each one, there was a feeling of, "Well? Is that all?" They were very unsatisfying. I ended up deleting this book from my Kindle because I have no interest in reading it again.
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