Feeling overwhelmed with books right now, so "In Ghostly Company" will have to wait, since the other stories are apparently less "exciting".
They're okay, just nothing that makes them stand out from anything else around at the time imo. As I am a fan of ghost stories from the Victorian, Edwardian and pre-WW2 periods, In Ghostly Company was always going to be on my shopping list, but it isn't a collection I would put ahead of others. I wouldn't say it was a one trick pony, but rather that when I first read it around 20 years ago I was expecting more after reading Brickett Bottom, and my thoughts on it haven't changed very much over the years.
It's probably just the period setting but this one has always put me in mind of a small scale Picnic At Hanging Rock in the English countryside.
That’s quite a good comparison, down to the unsettling sexual undertones of each (or did I just imagine those?).
I don't know the movie, but the sexual undertones in Northcote's story seem clear to me. "Don't be afraid of me, my dear, I like to see young ladies about me and my husband finds their society quite necessary to him." It really can't be clearer, can it? Very creepy!