Kevin Troop [ed] - Ghostly Tales (K. T. Publications, Lincs., 1988 [Reprinted 1993 ?])
Rosemary Young - Reaching Out Peter Craig - Ghosts (verse) John Bennet - The Other Side Nikki Wilson - My Dark Angel Mair Edwards - The Visitor (verse) Michael Newman - The Room (verse) Kevin Cowdall - Haunted (verse) Patricia Howe - Spirit Of The Truth (verse) D. F. Lewis - Was That A Message Or A Movement? Shirley E. Peckham - As Seen At Night (verse) Shirley E. Peckham - Reunited (verse) Sally Angell - Lady In Red George Hauton - The Ray Of Light Michael Noonan - The Spectre Of Uxington Grange
List of Results
Compiled from best entries in competition sponsored by K. T. Publications in conjunction with The Third Half magazine. Result is a selection of gentle, inoffensive trad ghost stories as ethereal as their subject matter. Includes:
Rosemary Young - Reaching Out: Author shares compendium of he family's true ghost stories dating from her great grandfather's day to present. During World War II the lives of her and baby daughter were saved when a phantom voice urged her to wheel the little girl's pram indoors. Minutes late a German VI missile struck the local pub. That this pedestrian piece claimed first prize does not bode particularly well for rest of collection.
John Bennet - The Other Side: Dead wife Cathy accompanies husband and daughters on caravan vacation, photo-bombs their holiday snaps.
Nikki Wilson - My Dark Angel: The handsome, sad-eyed ghost portends imminent death in the family. She names him 'Sven' and welcomes his visit now her own time is near.
D. F. Lewis - Was That A Message Or A Movement?: The earthbound spirit of Donald is still dominated by the formidable living trio of wife, mother- and sister-in-law. At last a spectre with some malice about him, although Donald is too craven to act on his murderous impulse.
George Hauton - The Ray Of Light: When his Spitfire is hit by Luftwaffe fire, Colin Perks is guided to a soft place to crash-land by a lady with a lamp. She is two hundred years dead, murdered by a fickle lover.
Sally Angell - Lady In Red: A happily married couple move to Sheredon Village. Jeremy becomes increasingly distracted by a phantom woman with no legs gliding by the roadside. It is as if he once knew her! Eventually he responds to a friendly wave and stops to talk with her. They are soul mates who've endured through several lives. Jeremy and the lady in red disappear into the sunset.
Michael Noonan - The Spectre Of Uxington Grange: Three parapsychologists attached to Luftbridge Poly are hoodwinked by the spectre of Sir Henry Mortisan.
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.