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YUndeservedly the weird and chilling ghost stories of Arthur Christopher Benson and Robert Hugh Benson have been neglected for far too long This volume attempts to rectify that situation This dark banuet of tales takes us to strange unworldly a. The Temple of Death is billed as ghost stories or Tales of Mystery and the Supernatural by A C And R H Benson These are the lesser known for good reason I think brothers of E F Benson of Mapp and Lucia fame The back of the book says that these weird and chilling ghost stories have been undeservedly neglected for too long But I can t say that I think that s necessarily true I probably could have gone on just as well without ever having read these Oh they re decent enough storiesparticularly those by A C Benson But they re not strictly ghost stories religious ghost stories perhaps So I guess tales of the supernatural would describe these best All of the stories have a very religious moral tone In each you have an element of good needing to triumph over evil whether that be the evil of paganism and the Dark Arts or the evil doings of the human heart The stories of R H Benson have far less substance than those of his brother fortunately there are fewer of them A C Benson s tales synopses below have narrative and depth The former s tales range from the killer instinct of a man compelled to shoot a thrush The Watcher to two boys lost on a road who encounter a gypsy Blood Eagle There isn t much haunting to be found and I can t say that R H does much for me in the story telling line Of A C s stories the best by far are Out of the Sea Basil Netherby and The Uttermost Farthing I don t say that you need to run out and find this collection but if you do happen upon it then be sure to read these three if you read no others Three stars JustStories by A C BensonThe Temple of Death Paullinus a Roman follower of the Christian faith gets lost on his travels and finds himself at the pagan Temple of Death Will his faith help him overcome the dreadful beast that is lord of the templeThe Closed Window The evil Sir James de Nort died under mysterious circumstances in the turret room Since that time the window has never been opened What will happen if his grandson and grand nephew decide to do so What odd vision of the world will be revealedThe Slype House Anthony Purvis owner of the Slype House dabbles in the Dark Artsand winds up in a battle for his very soulThe Red Camp Walter Wyatt inherits the ancestral home On his land there is a dense wooded area known as the Red Camp so called because of the terrible battle that took place there Wyatt must lay to rest the souls killed on this terrible spotOut of the Sea A ghastly beast comes out of the sea to haunt a wealthy fisherman and his son a fate they must endure because of their actions towards a survivor of a shipwreckThe Grey Cat A young boy is in a fight for his very soulwith of all things a harmless seeming grey catThe Hill of Trouble Gilbert is happy in his life as a scholar at Cambridge he s close to finishing the book that has been his life s work But then he goes visiting in the country wanders onto the Hill of Trouble and has his future revealed to him by the spectre of the hill Basil Netherby Basil is a musician of some little talent He takes up residence at a house with evil connections His music changes and so does he Can his friend help rescue him from the evil influence of the house s former ownerThe Uttermost Farthing Three men race against the ghosts of two evil men to uncover hidden secrets Are the secrets better revealed or destroyedFirst posted on my blog My Reader s Block Folk Tales From The Soviet Union rectify that situation This dark banuet of tales takes us to strange unworldly a. 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The Temple of Death and Other Stories

Nd often archaic environments far removed from the manic pace and pressures of the twenty first century but as exercises in the art of luring the reader into a stat of unease they are as potent as they were when the ink was barely dry on the pa. Read the book Liked several of them Found the tone too uiet and contents too inward looking for my taste If you can find a cheap or tattered library edition you may read the book But these themes have been handed in a far better manner by masters in the subseuent years This collection is OK type nothing

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The great oaken gate heaved and splintered and a monstrous beast as huge as a horse appeared at the mouth of the den; his small head was laid back on his hairy shoulders his little eyes gleamed wickedly and his red mouth opened snarling fiercel. Many people have heard of Edward Frederic EF Benson who wrote a series of humorous novels about Mapp and Lucia I haven t read them but am familiar with the name Unfamiliar to me was the fact that EF had a couple brothers AC and RH These acronyms also wrote stories though as far as I can tell they were less popular than EF and I m not sure if they wrote anything longer than a short storyThis collection is nice because EF has no part in it I understand he also wrote ghost stories but I haven t experienced them yet I can say that between AC and RH AC I so want to write AC Slater was a much better writer His stories have detail and a bit of edge There are some morals or morals that I ve inferred anyway but are mostly well written and interesting stories that have a wide variety of truly creepy shit that occursRH on the other hand was a priest who apparently still wanted to be a part of the writing family His stories are brief and usually involve some sort of epistolary thing going on a diary entry a letter a story relayed to someone else from someone else etc There s not a lot of description there s a whole helluva lot of GOD and all told I didn t care much about any of themFor what it s worth there was also a Benson sister who had the spine to actually go by her first name Margaret I don t think she wrote but apparently she was an amateur Egyptologist But she was a woman so obviously she wasn t that important and she was left to her little hobbies like EgyptologyMoving right alongI reviewed the stories as I read them because of my pathetic excuse of a memory It sort of worked out for me I could have done without the RH stories uite honestly so sorry I think the AC stories are really actually pretty cool and a few of them might actually stick with me People compare these bros with another acronym writer MR James another someone I haven t read It s hard to keep up with all these abbreviationsThe Benson bros without a Margaret in sightGuess which one is the priest RH Yeah exactlyArthur Christopher AC BensonThe Temple of DeathPaullinus is a Christian teacher who travels by foot to visit out of the way hamlets and villages to tell them about the Word The story begins after Paullinus has spent the night in a village with an old man who tells him about a special place he in the wood Paullinus should not visit not in a million years it s full of EEEeeeviiiiillllOf course Paullinus winds up there though not intentionally Will his Christianity save him in THE TEMPLE OF DEATHNote This is not about an Icelandic metal band though if one hasn t already used the name Temple of Death I d be terribly surprisedThe Closed WindowSir Mark lives in the Tower of Nort and eventually his cousin and heir Roland comes to live there as well One rainy day Roland is all I m bored Entertain me and so they wander the tower coming to a room with four windows one facing each direction One window is closed with a creepy Latin warning to leave it closed But phooey to that The window is opened and STUFF HAPPENSMoral of the story Don t mock Latin warningsThe Slype HouseI ll be honest I didn t know what a slype was I thought it might be some Slytherin related thing so I just looked it up and found that a slype is an actual thing It s an architectural turn for often a covered passage between the transept and chapter house in cathedrals Thank you Wikipedia sorry Freshman year in college for forgetting my architectural terms from the Humanities class I took and thought I loved Of course AC Benson sort of explained that concept to me in the first line or two of the story but in olden terms so I sort of missed thatAnthony Purvis is a curmudgeonly sort lacking in solid friendships or relationships or any sort of warmth At university he s befriended by an occultist and after Anthony s father dies he returns to the Slype house to collect his inheritance Being all out of the way and all he uses the home for his practices many of which are occult y which then makes some scaries happen as they are wont to doMoral Make a friend or two No one is an islandThe Red CampAnother story about a man returning home to collect his inheritance in the form of property On the property is an overgrown mound that is known locally as the Red Camp No one fully knows the story of this spot but when Walter thinks out loud maybe dig up the area he s urged not to as that is a poor idea cause y know the land is probably cursed or something So of course Walter decides to do it anyway SUPER smart Will there be treasure or will there be cursesMoral When it doubt about what you ve done build a churchOut of the SeaA beast From the seaThe Grey CatA young man goes for a walk discovers a pool of water is warned to stay away from said pool but like any good 15 year old totally ignores the warnings and drinks from it He then has hallucinations because maybe there was LSD in the pool and a cat befriends himMoral Don t do drugs and befriend animalsThe Hill of TroubleHe was still young and yet he had made himself a name for learning and still for wisdom which is a different thing though the two are often confusedBasil NetherbyWhen Leonard Ward receives a strange message from a former pal from music school he goes to meet with Basil Netherby Conversations about spirits and the unknown ensue and a bad thing happensMoral If you get a bizarre letter from someone from your past just remember curiosity killed the catThe Uttermost FarthingThe title actually comes from the King James Bible Verily I say unto thee Thou shalt by no means come out thence till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing No I didn t just figure that out I looked it up with my eyeballs That s from Matthew 526 which someone with a religious background might actually know what it means Something about having to pay ones dues I supposeThis is the longest story of the bunch wherein the narrator visits Hector Bendyshe one of the coolest names ever They talk a lot about things of supernatural topics And it s just really really longRobert Hugh RH BensonThe WatcherThe narrator shoots a bird realizes he s being watched and has a spiritual crisis BasicallyThe Blood EagleA priest retells a story of an experience he had as a teenager that involved a creepy ass woman in the woods and a pig that had been used in a ritual but apparently should have been a human that was usedThis story sort of just ended And I m not sure what the point was Probably GOD Consolatrix Afflictorum An old man remembers the time as a child after his mother died how much he wanted to see her again and then she started visiting him at night Except it wasn t really his mother it was The Mother as in a totally religious sort of figureAnother story about GODOver the GatewayThis was also about GODFather Meuron s TaleAn exorcism And well GODFather Macclesfield s TaleFather Macclesfield tells some tales of spookiness Not so much about GOD this time At least not overtlyThe TravellerAnnnnnd GOD


10 thoughts on “The Temple of Death and Other Stories

  1. says:

    Perhaps you are familiar with Edward Frederick Benson author of the Mapp and Lucia comic novels and some of the best ghost stories in the English language? This pleasant although not compelling selection of occult tales is b

  2. says:

    If you enjoy the stories of EF Benson well you'll probably hate this book as much as I did The three brothers d

  3. says:

    Many people have heard of Edward Frederic EF Benson who wrote a series of humorous novels about Mapp and Lucia I haven't read them but am familiar with the name Unfamiliar to me was the fact that EF had a couple brothers AC and RH These acronyms also wrote stories though as far as I can tell they were less popular than EF and I'm not sure if they wrote anything longer than a short storyThis collection is nice

  4. says:

    The Temple of Death is billed as ghost stories or Tales of Mystery and the Supernatural by A C And R H Benson These are the lesser known for good reason I think brothers of E F Benson of Mapp and Lucia fame The back of the book says that these weird and chilling ghost stories have been undeservedly neglected for

  5. says:

    A C Benson and R H Benson have been overshadowed by their popular novelist brother E F Benson but between the three the produced over 100 volumes of fiction and nonfiction This is a collection of stories written by the two less well remembered Bensons during the early Edwardian eraWhile the collection is referred to as ghost stories and described as chilling they are not ghost stories and rarely chilling They are stories of the supernatu

  6. says:

    I can't believe people didn't really like this book The book is split in two the first stories are written by AC Benson a kind of nobody and t

  7. says:

    Read the book Liked several of them Found the tone too uiet and contents too inward looking for my taste If you can find a cheap or ta

  8. says:

    Very good stories but best not taken as a whole Read back to back some consistent elements and traits of the stories become predictable and formulaic Read this book in small bits a story here and a story there and you'll enjoy them

  9. says:

    While I am not a believer myself I would certainly not say that religious beliefs make good art impossible I ca

  10. says:

    The stories of AC Benson cover about 2 thirds of the book and are far superior to R H Benson Well worth a read

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