Charles Francis Coe - Madhouse Light: (Munsey’s, July 1929). When Sanders the lighthouse assistant is returned ashore a gibbering lunatic, lovesick young hot head Will Kelsey volunteers to replace him. Kelsey has just broken up with Alice Reid over a stupid misunderstanding. Man, will she be so distraught by his self-imposed exile!
Kelsey congratulates himself on adapting so easily to his new circumstances. This lighthouse keeper lark would be a piece of piss were it not for his superior and solitary companion, Pederson, whose infuriating hyper-efficiency and monosyllabic non-conversation drive him bats! Convinced that the old timer has gone the same way as Sanders, Kelsey takes to carrying a knife ...
Anonymous - The Lighthouse Keeper's Secret: No author, source or date given for this four page quickie. Captain Brace hires seaman Ben Dare to impersonate him on the rare occasions a ship has cause to visit the tower. Money for old rope were the lighthouse not haunted by the vengeful ghost of a murdered woman.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
How quickly you changed your mind! You arrived to find a gold Dunsanian city of arches and domes and fantastic spires... or so you told us. Yet when you fled two years later you could see only “alien hordes.” T. E. D. Klein
The first job I applied for was lighthouse keeper. I was about 17. Kind of glad I didn't get it in view of my predilections for horror.
Ah yes, the apocryphal adage that, in fact, contrary to popular belief, no-one is afraid of being alone in the dark.
Folk are afraid of not being alone in the dark...
Brilliantly observed shrinkproof!
Much later on the oil rigs where there was a lot of isolation but a whole pack of people I nearly lost my mind because I believed I was in hell. Despite being a monumental hermit, I know for certain that I would be insane after a month alone. Comforting thought....