Tuesday, October 18, 2016

With an uncalled for absence from work I find myself at a loose end and reaching for a good book or watching supernatural tales on you tube. Much to my delight I have found 'Rivals of Sherlock Holmes' which has had me glued to my seat. My preference is for old fashioned terror and horror, not the slash 'em up genre of serial killers, zombies and fashionably androgynous young vampires. I like the creaky floor, the wind whispering through empty dusty rooms and the scratching at a window on stormy nights with candles guttering in their sconces. I like my ghost stories suitably Victorian / Edwardian hence my love of M R James' tales.

It had never occurred to me that there might be rivals to Holmes and more importantly, supernatural detectives. We are coming up to All Hallows Eve and the veil between our world and the next is apparently at its thinnest so what better than to soak up a few eerie tales.

I have a pot of fresh brewed coffee and I am surrounded by my feline familiars and I am ready tp plunge into the era of gaslight and fogs, where the modern early days of the twentieth century and science blow away the dust and cobwebs of the Victorian superstitions... or do they? We are yet to encounter the war to end wars or the horror and terror of modern science via gas, shell, tanks and barbed wire. So pull up a comfy chair close to the fire, the lights are low and have a drink as we delve into another age...


Blogger Scoakat said...

I,too, have come home from work due to feeling poor. I felt wiped out yesterday and more of the same with a headache today. I don't think one can catch a virus from a comments section, however, so I can't blame you.
I want to lie down but the cats still have the bed. I may have my first picture for a 'Caturday' post.

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Blogger delcatto said...

There are some dreadful bugs going around. Five people from our team off sick this week. Listening to the radio and an expert stated we should all wash our hands more to prevent this happening. Happily mine is now going and I feel better. Hopefully yours will quickly go away.

11:38 am  

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