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The great oaken gate heaved and splintered and a monstrous beast as huge as a horse appeared at the mouth of the den; his small head was laid back on his hairy shoulders his little eyes gleamed wickedly and his red mouth opened snarling fiercel. If you enjoy the stories of EF Benson well you ll probably hate this book as much as I did The three brothers did nominally all write spook stories but only one did it well A certain liveliness of image is almost always ruined here by an overtly Christian moralizing People donate ill gotten buried treasures to build churches that sort of thing A mysterious white figure carries off the now smiling ghost it having faced its misdeeds made on this mortal coil finally from the other side I m sure this sort of dreck was wildly popular among the better classes up until the mid twentieth century A sort of acceptable spiritualismIt s all lost on us now even making so called contemporary inspirational fiction seem sophisticated by comparison Green dog trumpet and other stories eyes gleamed wickedly and his red mouth opened snarling fiercel. If you Identity enjoy the stories of EF Benson well you ll probably hate this book as much as I did The three brothers did nominally all write spook stories but only one did it well A certain liveliness of image is almost always ruined here by an overtly Christian moralizing People donate ill gotten buried treasures to build churches that sort of thing A mysterious white figure carries off the now smiling ghost it having faced its misdeeds made on this mortal coil finally from the other side I m sure this sort of dreck was wildly popular among the better classes up until the mid twentieth century A sort of acceptable spiritualismIt s all lost on us now Cenote even making so called contemporary inspirational fiction seem sophisticated by comparison

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YUndeservedly the weird and chilling ghost stories of Arthur Christopher Benson and Robert Hugh Benson have been neglected for far too long This volume attempts to rectify that situation This dark banuet of tales takes us to strange unworldly a. I can t believe people didn t really like this book The book is split in two the first stories are written by AC Benson a kind of nobody and the others are written by his brother a Catholic kind of nobody The RH Benson the Catholic were pretty forgettable but thankfully only took up the last 20 percent or so of the book The AC Benson stories were FUCKING BADASS I can t believe these aren t popular totally in the MR James tradition of scary ghost stories that aren t really populated by ghosts but evil monster things The settings are arachaic and mysterious for the most part ancient stuff the atmosphere is thick and dark the writing is well paced etc Except that almost all of them end with Christianity saving the day they re perfect I could have had a few horrible endings but that never happens every story ends neatly and well which became predictable after awhile The only exceptions were the last two stories which were a little different and I think were unpublished in the author s lifetime and they were the best ones I don t know why a lot of people seem to prefer the RH stories they were really boring in comparison I thought The five stars are for AC s stories only The other s I d give one or two to The Isles evil monster things The settings are arachaic and mysterious for the most part ancient stuff the atmosphere is thick and dark the writing is well paced KING etc Except that almost all of them Ty jesteś moje imię end with Christianity saving the day they re perfect I could have had a few horrible The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy endings but that never happens Complete Amber Sourcebook every story Jadę sobie. Azja. Przewodnik dla podróżujących kobiet ends neatly and well which became predictable after awhile The only Sweet Alien (Reestrian Mates, exceptions were the last two stories which were a little different and I think were unpublished in the author s lifetime and they were the best ones I don t know why a lot of people seem to prefer the RH stories they were really boring in comparison I thought The five stars are for AC s stories only The other s I d give one or two to

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Nd often archaic environments far removed from the manic pace and pressures of the twenty first century but as exercises in the art of luring the reader into a stat of unease they are as potent as they were when the ink was barely dry on the pa. Read the book Liked several of them Found the tone too uiet and contents too inward looking for my taste If you can find a cheap or tattered library edition you may read the book But these themes have been handed in a far better manner by masters in the subseuent years This collection is OK type nothing Cenote environments far removed from the manic pace and pressures of the twenty first century but as Sottomissione exercises in the art of luring the reader into a stat of unease they are as potent as they were when the ink was barely dry on the pa. Read the book Liked several of them Found the tone too uiet and contents too inward looking for my taste If you can find a cheap or tattered library


10 thoughts on “The Temple of Death and Other Stories

  1. says:

    Perhaps you are familiar with Edward Frederick Benson author of the Mapp and Lucia comic novels and some of the best ghost stories in the English language? This pleasant although not compelling selection of occult tales is

  2. says:

    If you enjoy the stories of EF Benson well you'll probably hate this book as much as I did The three brothers did nominall

  3. says:

    Many people have heard of Edward Frederic EF Benson who wrote a series of humorous novels about Mapp and Lucia I haven't read them but am familiar with the name Unfamiliar to me was the fact that EF had a couple brothers AC and RH These acronyms also wrote stories though as far as I can tell they were less popular than EF and I'm not sure if they wrote anything longer than a short storyThis collection is nice because EF has no part in it I

  4. says:

    The Temple of Death is billed as ghost stories or Tales of Mystery and the Supernatural by A C And R H Benson These are the lesser known for good reason I think brothers of E F Benson of Mapp and Lucia fame The back of the

  5. says:

    A C Benson and R H Benson have been overshadowed by their popular novelist brother E F Benson but between the three the produced over 100 volumes of fiction and nonfiction This is a collection of stories written by the two less well remembered Bensons during the early Edwardian eraWhile the collection is referred to as ghost stories

  6. says:

    I can't believe people didn't really like this book The book is split in two the first stories are written by AC Benson a kind of nobody and the others are written by his brother a Catholic kind of nobody The RH Benson the Catholic were pretty forgettable but thankfully only took up the last 20 percent or so of the book The AC Benson stories were FUCKING BADASS I can't believe these aren't popular totally in the MR James tradition of sca

  7. says:

    Read the book Liked several of them Found the tone too uiet and contents too inward looking for my taste If you can find a cheap or tattered li

  8. says:

    Very good stories but best not taken as a whole Read back to back some consistent elements and traits of the stories become predictable and formulaic Read this book in small bits a story here and a story there and you'll enjoy them

  9. says:

    While I am not a believer myself I would certainly not say that religious beliefs make good art impossible I can count numerous works inspire

  10. says:

    The stories of AC Benson cover about 2 thirds of the book and are far superior to R H Benson Well worth a read