Holy Ghosts

Classic Tales of the Ecclesiastical Uncanny


Book 38 from British Library Tales of the Weird series


Dive into “Holy Ghosts”, an anthology from The British Library, spotlighting chilling tales from 1851-1935. Set in sacred sanctuaries, these stories blur boundaries between the living and ethereal. Featuring authors like Gaskell, James, Wyndham, and Wharton, it’s a haunting journey where sacred meets spectral. Keep the lights on.

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Number of pages: 288

Published: 08 June 2023

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Step into the echoing silence of holy sanctuaries, where an unseen presence might just be lingering a little too close for comfort. “Holy Ghosts” transports readers to the hauntingly beautiful and often chilling world of the sacred and supernatural, where churches and revered sites become the backdrop for stories of the eerie and the uncanny.

“I confess I have a particular dislike to remain in a church after dusk; it recalls to my mind the most painful story I ever heard.”

With tales set against the mystic facades of cathedrals, chapels, and other consecrated grounds, this anthology crafts an atmospheric tapestry that tugs at the very fabric of the unknown. Experience a menacing evil hidden behind the intricate details of a cathedral’s sacred art. Feel the shiver down your spine as a young libertine faces a hauntingly familiar figure within an Alpine chapel’s dim confines. And hold your breath, as a couple on their honeymoon encounters a macabre procession in a locked Spanish cathedral.

Featuring eleven meticulously curated stories from 1851 to 1935, this anthology boasts a rich collection from both celebrated literary giants and lesser-known masters of the macabre. With contributions from the likes of Elizabeth Gaskell, M. R. James, John Wyndham, and Edith Wharton, “Holy Ghosts” promises an immersive experience of chilling tales where the boundary between the living and the ethereal blurs, and where one can almost touch the other side.

Whether you’re a seasoned aficionado of ghost stories or new to the supernatural genre, this anthology offers a fresh take on the ghostly genre, where the sacred collides with the spectral, and where every hallowed corner might just conceal a ghostly inhabitant.

Dive into “Holy Ghosts” and let yourself be carried to places where the spiritual realm beckons. Just remember to keep the lights on.

Table of Contents:

The Sexton’s Adventure – Sheridan Le Fanu
The Parson’s Oath – Mrs Henry Wood
The Poor Clare – Elizabeth Gaskell
A Story Told in a Church – Ada Buisson
In the Confessional – Amelia B. Edwards
Man-Size in Marble – E. Nesbit
The Face of the Monk – Robert Hichens
An Evicted Spirit – Marguerite Merington
The Duchess at Prayer – Edith Wharton
The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral – M. R. James
The Cathedral Crypt – John Wyndham

Additional information

Weight 250 g
Dimensions 19 × 13 cm



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