The Downs

By Amyas Northcote
Read by Cathy Dobson

0.30 Hours 11/01/2016 unabridged
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Amyas Northcote (1864 - 1923) was an English writer and contemporary of M. R. James, who was best known for his ghost stories. “The Downs” is a classic ghost story which demonstrates Northcote’s understated genius. The story starts out as a regular tale, but with a few understated clues as to the nature of the horror that is to come - perfectly setting the atmosphere of creepy tension: “I was perfectly confident in my ability to find my way back over the down to Branksome at night, as the path was very familiar to us, and I expected to be aided by the light of the moon which would rise about ten o’clock.” Sure enough, the journey back over the downs reveals a terrifying horror… and our hero is lucky to escape with his life.

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Amyas Northcote (1864 - 1923) was an English writer and contemporary of M. R. James, who was best known for his ghost stories.

“The Downs” is a classic ghost story which demonstrates Northcote’s understated genius. The story starts out as a regular tale, but with a few understated clues as to the nature of the horror that is to come - perfectly setting the atmosphere of creepy tension: “I was perfectly confident in my ability to find my way back over the down to Branksome at night, as the path was very familiar to us, and I expected to be aided by the light of the moon which would rise about ten o’clock.”

Sure enough, the journey back over the downs reveals a terrifying horror… and our hero is lucky to escape with his life.

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Author Bio: Amyas Northcote

Amyas Northcote (1864–1923) was an English writer. He was the seventh son of the First Earl of Iddesleigh (the Chancellor of the Exchequer under Disraeli) and was for several years a Justice of the Peace in Buckinghamshire. Northcote spent some time in Chicago, running a small business there. He wrote ghost stories in the line of those of M. R. James, which were compiled in his only book, In Ghostly Company.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 0.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English