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It is 1904, and an Oxford don decides to spend the Christmas vacation conducting research in rural Norfolk. But in the library of the country house where he is staying, he finds the records of a terrifying tragedy. A short story. A homage to M R James.


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It is 1904, and an Oxford don decides to spend the Christmas vacation conducting research in rural Norfolk. But in the library of the country house where he is staying, he finds the records of a terrifying tragedy. A short story. A homage to M R James.

48 review for Suffer The Children: A Ghost Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    I love selwood's prose style. his respect for the English language is clear as he writes a spooky short story that is clean and concise yet creepy and suspenseful. I love selwood's prose style. his respect for the English language is clear as he writes a spooky short story that is clean and concise yet creepy and suspenseful.

  2. 5 out of 5

    J

    This wasn't really that much of a horror or ghost story at least to me but it was written in the same style as many very old horrors so that it read like Stoker and Poe. There was a sophisticated touch to the story that lent to its felt age. The book was an interesting and very short read. It starts off as a professor getting ready to go on vacation while from there by a stroke of fate or luck (whichever you so may choose) he finds a colleague who offers him a place to stay so he can do his sea This wasn't really that much of a horror or ghost story at least to me but it was written in the same style as many very old horrors so that it read like Stoker and Poe. There was a sophisticated touch to the story that lent to its felt age. The book was an interesting and very short read. It starts off as a professor getting ready to go on vacation while from there by a stroke of fate or luck (whichever you so may choose) he finds a colleague who offers him a place to stay so he can do his seasonal studies. And again by fate or luck he gets shut in a house where he is pulled into a library that holds an old journal of his host's father and the mysterious events that he faced on his own trip. It was a page-turner to me and kept me busy reading it for the tone was authentic. I was wondering where the horror or ghost story would strike while fascinated to see how it turned out. The ending of the actual ghost part was a bit of a letdown but all in all I enjoyed it. For the modern horror fan or ghost story who needs more to scare him this may not be the write story but for those who favor the older writings I would recommend it.... **Received this book as part of the First Reads Giveaway at Goodreads.com for free in exchange for a review**

  3. 5 out of 5

    Reader's Hollow

    **I received a copy of this short story in exchange for an honest review** When the main character get to spend the holidays in Norfolk with a friend, he couldn't have imagined the family horrors. That's what you get with this short story. There's a bit of mystery, a chilling ghost story and to top it off the author continues in his homage to M.R. James. This short story was mysterious, intelligent and wonderfully creepy. It's not quite as dark as "The Voivod" but it doesn't lack in lustre. The pa **I received a copy of this short story in exchange for an honest review** When the main character get to spend the holidays in Norfolk with a friend, he couldn't have imagined the family horrors. That's what you get with this short story. There's a bit of mystery, a chilling ghost story and to top it off the author continues in his homage to M.R. James. This short story was mysterious, intelligent and wonderfully creepy. It's not quite as dark as "The Voivod" but it doesn't lack in lustre. The pacing had a smooth rhythm that had me reading much faster than the first and the ending didn't disappoint. See this review and others like it @ www.thereadershollow.com

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shari Sakurai

    *I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review* Suffer the Children is set in the early twentieth century. A professor of Oxford, whilst conducting research in a library belonging to an acquaintance, discovers a journal written by his associate’s father. In this journal contains a horrifying account of his travels to Sardinia. This is a short, subtle horror story that reads like it was written in Victorian times. Selwood has mastered this style and the tale leaves you with chills *I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review* Suffer the Children is set in the early twentieth century. A professor of Oxford, whilst conducting research in a library belonging to an acquaintance, discovers a journal written by his associate’s father. In this journal contains a horrifying account of his travels to Sardinia. This is a short, subtle horror story that reads like it was written in Victorian times. Selwood has mastered this style and the tale leaves you with chills long after you’ve finished reading. An excellent short story that I highly recommend.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angie Rhodes

    I won a signed copy of this book, and I have to say, though it's only a slim book, it was excellent! If you like a good ghost story, something similar to M.R.James,, then this is for you,, Christmas 1904, and an Oxford Don,spends the holiday season, doing research in Norfolk. Whilst looking through some records in a library, he finds something that terrifies him,,,, Want to know what it is? hmm sorry,, that would be telling,, I won a signed copy of this book, and I have to say, though it's only a slim book, it was excellent! If you like a good ghost story, something similar to M.R.James,, then this is for you,, Christmas 1904, and an Oxford Don,spends the holiday season, doing research in Norfolk. Whilst looking through some records in a library, he finds something that terrifies him,,,, Want to know what it is? hmm sorry,, that would be telling,,

  6. 4 out of 5

    Graham

    I received this book as part of a goodreads giveaway. The story has an old feeling, reminded me of late Victorian. The story follows a visitor to a Mediterranean island. During his visit he befriends the local priest. During the visit the priest becomes ill and asks that the recent discovery of coins be put back, before disappearing into the night. The book is very small but very well written.

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    Deborah Mincher

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