THE GHOST MARKET Judging by the experience of an Oxfordshire woman, there would appear to be a profitable market for ghosts. Claiming to have a " haunted " wardrobe, she advertised it for sale in a newspaper. More than thirty replies were received by wire and telephone the same day, the majority offering a big advance on the £10 paid for the wardrobe at a sale three years ago. The owner has now disposed of the unwanted article for £50. The purchaser is the landlord of a village inn, who is having the wardrobe placed in his bed room. As the only spirits he believes in are those which he sells, he did not ask the question put by one correspondent, "Can you guarantee ghosts?" The vendor, who says the apparition appears in the form of an elderly man wearing a deer-stalker cap, is obviously unable to guarantee its appearance, as she admits she has still one dread—that the ghost will not depart with the wardrobe, but will stay on in the house.
West Sussex Gazette, Thursday 26 August 1937
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.