The Woman in Black (Movie Tie-in Edition)
A Ghost Story
By Susan Hill
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307745316, 176pp.)
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
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A classic ghost story: the chilling tale of a menacing specter haunting a small English town. Arthur Kipps is an up-and-coming London solicitor who is sent to Crythin Gifford--a faraway town in the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway--to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of a client, Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. Mrs. Drablow's house stands at the end of the causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but Kipps is unaware of the tragic secrets that lie hidden behind its sheltered windows. The routine business trip he anticipated quickly takes a horrifying turn when he finds himself haunted by a series of mysterious sounds and images--a rocking chair in a deserted nursery, the eerie sound of a pony and trap, a child's scream in the fog, and, most terrifying of all, a ghostly woman dressed all in black.
Susan Hill’s novels and short stories have won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewellyn Rhys Prizes. Her novels include The Mist in the Mirror, the Simon Serallier crime series, and I’m the King of the Castle. She also wrote Mrs. de Winter, the sequel to Rebecca, and her ghost story The Woman in Black was adapted for the stage and has been running in London for over 21 years. She lives in Gloucestershire, where she runs her own small publishing company, Long Barn Books.
"A rattling good yarn, the sort that chills the mind as well as the spine." --The Guardian
"Excellent. . . . magnificently eerie. . . . compulsive reading." --Evening Standard
"The most brilliantly effective spine chillder you will ever encounter." --The Daily Telegraph
"[A] highly efficient chiller. . . . Nerve shredding." --The Daily Express