Sunday, May 27, 2012
The Red Lodge
I mentioned a few posts back that I'm working my way through the Cemetery Dance collection The Century's Best Horror, and that I expected to find some "new" writers to read. The story for 1928 was The Red Lodge by H. Russell Wakefield, a writer I was unfamiliar with, but with whom I was very impressed. Sort of in the tradition of M.R. James, The Red Lodge is one of those stories about a house haunted by malignant spirits who terrorize an innocent family who have just moved in. A little research shows that Wakefield was once very popular but since his death in 1964, he has slipped into obscurity. As I said, I'd never heard of him. However, I was sufficiently impressed to go to Amazon and get a 1982 copy of The Best Ghost Stories of H. Russell Wakefield on the way. There are also some kindle books available of his stories, but I'll wait and see what overlap they have with the Best of collection. Between this and The Woman in Black, this seems to be my weekend for M.R. James style horror.