The Living Stone: stories of uncanny sculpture, 1858-1948


This magazine should reach you in November, bridging the period between Hallowe’en and Christmas – both dates traditionally associated with the sharing of spooky stories. If you would like your frights to have an archaeological flavour, this slim but spine-chilling volume should do the trick (or treat), offering an anthology of 17 tales exploring the uncanny impact of sculpted stone, the malign purposes that may lie behind its creation, and how it might become a vessel for supernatural forces. Spanning the Victorian period to the Second World War, encompassing such subjects as statues, gargoyles, and standing stones, and including the works of antiquarians like Sabine Baring-Gould, celebrated weavers of the weird like H P Lovecraft, and many less-famous names, The Living Stone is an enjoyably eerie read. There are no illustrations, but with such atmospheric accounts your imagination can more than fill in the gaps.

Henry Bartholomew (ed.)
Handheld Press, £13.99
ISBN 978-1912766765

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