Category: England

Ramsey Campbell welcomes you to Merseyside

Merseyside has been my inspiration for more than fifty years. Actual sites have produced ghosts and worse for me to tell the world about. In the fifties and indeed up to the late seventies whole inner city areas were derelict,

The Pleasure Garden by Rosanne Rabinowitz (an excerpt)

“I’m the mind of the old market, and much more. The distilled desires of dumpster divers and bondage queens meet within me. I’m the roots beneath the old Pleasure Gardens and I arise from breathless couplings on hidden paths above

Rosanne Rabinowitz welcomes you to North Lambeth

In The London Adventure Arthur Machen referred to the vast area south of the Thames as “unshapen”, “behind the scenes of the universe”, “shapeless, unmeaning, dreary, dismal beyond words”. Yet there are plenty of adventures to be found in my

Tunnels by P.J. Blakey-Novis (an excerpt)

Matthew and Chloe led us to a door in the north-east corner of the fort; the entrance to a system of narrow tunnels which connected the various rooms.  When the fort had been in use during the second world war,

Emma Pullar welcomes you to Trafalgar Square and St Paul’s Cathedral

I was born in South East London and after going on many school trips to Central London – visiting spooky museums and old buildings – it felt like the right place to base my horror stories. My short story, London’s

James Brogden welcomes you to Old Hunstanton

My chosen location would be Doggerland – the drowned mesolithic landscape underneath the North Sea which once linked Britain with the Netherlands – although for the practical purposes of a map I’d say Old Hunstanton. Just a bit further along

Eric Ian Steele welcomes you to Tameside

Tameside lies between Manchester, Cheshire, and Derbyshire and can only be defined by what it is not. It is not a suburb of Manchester, although it is in Greater Manchester. Nor is it part of Cheshire, despite what some residents

The Caretakers by Adrian Chamberlin (an excerpt)

The kitchens of All Souls College smelled like a slaughterhouse. As they should do, Mark Cassell told himself as he tied his apron. There was a faint smell of the disinfectant cleaner that signified the wash-down at the end of

Adrian Chamberlin welcomes you to Cambridge

No stranger to supernatural horror, Cambridge is home to the ghost stories of MR James (famously read to his students at King’s College on Christmas Eve) and Jonathan Aycliffe (most notably Naomi’s Room). The medieval, Gothic architecture of the older

Emergence by R.H. Dixon (an excerpt)

Here’s an excerpt from Emergence, when John Gimmerick, his young daughter, Seren, and her imaginary friend, Petey Moon, make the journey back to Horden to housesit for John’s mother: The day of transition started off warm. Low clouds above the