The Travelling Bag and Other Ghostly Stories by Susan Hill

A thrift shop find that made for an enjoyable Halloween read, if you like old fashioned ghost stories then this might be for you!


From the foggy streets of Victorian London to the eerie perfection of 1950s suburbia, the everyday is invaded by the evil otherworldly in this unforgettable collection of new ghost stories from the author of The Woman in Black.

In the title story, on a murky evening in a warmly lit club off St James, a bishop listens closely as a paranormal detective recounts his most memorable case, one whose horrifying denouement took place in that very building.

In ‘The Front Room’, a devoutly Christian mother tries to protect her children from the evil influence of their grandmother, both when she is alive and when she is dead.

A lonely boy finds a friend in ‘Boy Number 21’, but years later he is forced to question the nature of that friendship, and to ask whether ghosts can perish in fires.

This is Susan Hill at her best, telling characteristically flesh-creeping and startling tales of thwarted ambition, terrifying revenge and supernatural stirrings that will leave readers wide-awake long into the night.


I didn’t know what to expect when I brought this book, only that I did think the cover was perfect for October. The moment I started reading the stories I got the impression of a seasoned writer. They were well thought out short stories which kept me intrigued along the way, it just wasn’t as spooky as I wanted.

I am not sure how I feel about this just being a short story book, but I am glad I read it. It has given me the taste to try out other ghost stories, especially thriller ones!

Overall – 4/5

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