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Come into the House: Tales of secrets, history and mysteryThe story is Shh and is written by Pauline Clooney. There is also a story by Elizabeth Hopkins , The Yorkshire Defiance, inspired by Shibden Hall in Halifax.
by Kathryn Burke , Jan Halstead , Stephen Edwards, Jo Roberts , Nemma Wollenfang, Jasmina Svenne , James Rose , Elizabeth Hopkinson , Melanie Whipman , Pauline Clooney
A new short story anthology which celebrates the “secrets, history and mystery” of historic houses. An old woman sits on a bench with Dracula, opposite Bram Stoker’s house in Dublin. But her companion from Romania is not all he seems. Sarah is mesmerised by the trompe l’oeil at a modern art exhibition. But is it really a trick of the eye? An old country house is the setting for a locked room mystery in the grand tradition of the golden age of crime fiction. As a group of visitors are shown around a stately home there is one person who disagrees with the stories told by the tour guide. Hear the voice of the tiny spark at the baker’s house on Pudding Lane which grew to be the Great Fire of London in 1666. A young girl’s visit to elderly Miss Tyrell at the Grange reveals long-kept secrets. A brash couple have big plans for an old country pile. But the house has other ideas. A woman’s view of motherhood is affected by the tragedies that befall her and her family. Young Charlie can see his mother under the fig tree in their garden. But Charlie’s mother has died. A trip to the Brontë Parsonage leaves a woman questioning what is and isn’t real. These ten tales, inspired by or set in a historic house, are the winning entries of the Historic House short story competition run by Corazon Books in partnership with the Historic Houses Association. Stories to thrill, chill and entertain. Also includes a bonus extract of The Property of a Gentleman by Catherine Gaskin, set in a fictional earl's ancestral home, in the dramatic landscape of England's Lake District, and information about the Historic Houses Association and the historic house Levens Hall in Cumbria.