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Author: William Croft Dickinson,Susan Dickinson
ISBN13: 978-0863910630
Title: Dark Encounters
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Language: English
Category: Thrillers and Suspense
Publisher: John Goodchild Publishers (October 18, 1984)
Pages: 192

Dark Encounters by William Croft Dickinson,Susan Dickinson

Michael said: Biographical Note: William Croft Dickinson (1897-1963)‘Dark Encounters’ consists of thirtee. From a demonic book that brings its readers to an early death to the murderous spectre of a feudal baron, these tales are a welcome addition to the long and dist First published in 1963 by Harvill Press, Dark Encounters is an elegantly spine-tingling collection of ghost stories set in the brooding landscape of Scotland and often referring to real people, places.

William Croft Dickinson. Professor Dickinson's talent for evoking suspense, wonder and at times terror, owes much to his creation of a placid, scholarly atmosphere suddenly disturbed by something strange and inexplicable. In this collection-which might well have been given the title 'Ghost Stories of a Scottish Antiquary'-archæologists, historians, and scientists find themselves unexpectedly faced with a return from the past which comes to them in unusual, and sometimes forbidding forms.

Dark Encounters" is a collection of outstanding ghost stories written by William Croft Dickinson, who served as the Fraser Professor of Scottish History and Paleography at the University of Edinburgh from 1944 until his death. He is described in the excellent introduction to this book, by Alistair Kerr, as "arguably the most distinguished twentieth-century historian of Scotland.

William Croft Dickinson, CBE (28 August 1897 – May 1963) was an English historian, a leading expert in the history of early modern Scotland and an author of both children's fiction and adult ghost stories. Dickinson was born in Leicester. He was raised in Yorkshire and educated at Mill Hill School in London.

Read "Dark Encounters A Collection of Ghost Stories" by William Croft Dickinson with Rakuten Kobo  . First published in 1963 by Harvill Press, Dark Encounters is an elegantly spine-tingling collection of ghost stories set in the brooding landscape of Scotland and often referring to real people, places and objects. From a demonic book that brings its readers to an early death to the murderous spectre of a feudal baron, these tales are a welcome addition to the long and distinguished canon of Scottish ghost stories. For those who seek the unnerving and the inexplicable, Dark Encounters is guaranteed to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Dark Encounters is a collection of classic and elegantly unsettling ghost stories first published in 1963. A spine-tingling collection, these tales are set in the brooding landscape of Scotland, with an air of historic authenticity – often referring to real events, objects and people. From a demonic text that leaves its readers strangled to the murderous spectre of a feudal baron, this is a crucial addition to the long and distinguished cannon of Scottish ghost stories.

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William Croft Dickinson (1897-1963) was a professor of Scottish history at Edinburgh University, and wrote his ghost stories in the manner of M. R. James. However most of Dickinson's stories were based on well-known supernatural incidents in Scottish history. The majority of the stories in this volume are narrated by an antiquarian professor to his colleagues as first-hand experiences.


"The Keepers of the Wall"--The ancient custom of burying victims within the foundations of a wall to strengthen it comes alive for an archeologist who insists on visiting an ancient castle during the evening hours.

"Return at Dusk"--A Professor of Anthropology refuses to look into a mirror at twilight, after a strange experience in Cairntoul Castle.

"The Eve of St Botulph"--An historian discovers an ancient chronicle that relates satanic occurrences at the Abby of Dundrennan.

"Can These Stones Speak?"--This story is built around the medieval custom of punishing nuns who had broken their vows by burying them alive.

"The Work of Evil"--The librarian in charge of the Rare Book Room keeps an old book locked in a safe, after the two men who attempted to read it died by strangulation.

"The Return of the Native"--Dr. MacDonald, a visiting Fulbright Professor tries to trace his ancestors back to a certain location in Scotland and is visited by an ancient curse on his family.

"Quieta Non Movere"-- 'Don't disturb things that are at peace,' i.e. 'Let sleeping dogs lie.' Two curious historians open a cairn where a witch's supernatural dog was buried.

"Let the Dead Bury the Dead"--An archeologist asks for his colleague's assistance at a lonely Bronze Age burial site.

"The Castle Guide"--A castle custodian gives his evening visitor a queer sort of tour.

"The Witch's Bone"--A witch's artifact allows a professor to revenge himself upon a contemptuous colleague.

"The Sweet Singers"--University colleagues at a golf tournament hear strange voices chanting the 51st Psalm.

"The House of the Balfother"--This story might be based on the legend of 'Earl Beardie' at Glamis Castle, who was forced to play cards with the Devil until Doomsday after he broke the Sabbath.

"His Own Number"--A computer technician, who also happens to be a Highlander quits his post after a computer thrice gives him the same answer to three different calculations.

The last five stories in "Dark Encounters" do not have quite the same chill factor as the first eight, so I expect the author was trying to build up his collection of tales to the unlucky number (to the superstitious, at least) of thirteen. However, each story has a unique theme and the first eight will produce satisfactory shivers up the spines of classical ghost story lovers.
This book is a collection of ghost stories of the kind which is often fashioned as 'Jamesian', i.e. in the tradition of the Doyen of English ghost stories, M.R. James. The first 8 stories were clearly author's favourites, since they involved a setting that must have been well-known to him personally & professionally, and through them he could infuse a sincerety into the traditional ghost stories at the centre of the each "event" under discussion. However, the final 5 stories drag the collection down, by trying to incorporate supernatural in things (& fields) that were beyond the ambit of the author, and thus losing that vital element of authenticity that had sparkled in the first batch of stories. Nevertheless, with a resurgence of interest in ghost stories (and stories involving all sorts of revenants in general) being seen now-a-days, this book, with its gentle tone and understated menace, is likely to be an entertaining read for the darkening evenings. Recommended.