The ghost stories of Jan Edwards
Introduction by David A Sutton. Cover by Peter Coleborn.
Here are fourteen short stories from Jan Edwards, including the BFS award short-listed ‘Otterburn’:
Concerning Events at Leinster Gardens: He handed the maid his hat and replaced it with a coronet of silk holly leaves and tinsel. She gave him only the smallest raise of an eyebrow. ‘Ghost of Christmas Present,’ he said...
The Waiting: She picked up the hem of her night-dress and ran the length of the gallery. She wanted to race them to the door, to greet her father. Why, then, did a tiny part of her hesitate? Why should she be afraid? From the landing she heard the doors of the great hall being flung open...
The Ballad of Lucy Lightfoot: This had been in the planning for a very long time, for centuries – to the where and the when that the Wite had sent her. Across an entire continent to the edges of the Ottoman lands, to a place and time long before the Lightfoot name had ever begun. Her children, and her children’s children, for more generations than she could count, were dust. Only she remained.
From the introduction: “...Ghost stories, adeptly told, often with a sense of locale and time neatly placed within the narratives. Her family history informs and inspires some of her stories. Folklore figures as a focus in more than one story, whether urban myth or historical lore. But ghostly they are and deceptively disturbing.”
Jan has many short stories published and was short-listed for a British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story. She has won a Winchester Writers Festival ‘Slim Volume’ prize. She is an editor with the award-winning Alchemy Press.
Winner with Alchemy Press (Co owner/editor with Peter Coleborn) of the British Fantasy Award for Best Independent Press 2014.