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FROM ANOTHER WORLD
And Other Ghost Storiesby ROSEMARY TIMPERLEY
With an Introduction
by Richard Dalby
When Roald Dahl was asked to select a group of the best literary ghost stories for television adaptation in 1958, and later for his only anthology in 1983, he found the job unusually difficult:
'The first batch of fifty or so stories I read were so bad it was difficult to finish them. They were trivial, poorly written and not in the least spooky. Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story. It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts. The stories I was reading did none of this. Some of the worst ones were written by the most famous writers... Then suddenly a bright star flashed across the murky sky. I had found a good one. The end of it gave me the shivers. It was called 'Harry' by Rosemary Timperley. That bucked me up and I went on with my labours... After I had read altogether some three hundred published stories, I had succeeded in discovering seven good ones.'
These were by Amelia B. Edwards, Mrs (Margaret) Oliphant, Edith Wharton, Clemence Dane, Mary Treadgold, and two by Rosemary Timperley: 'Harry', and. 'Christmas Meeting'. With both these tales, she was the only writer to appear twice in Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories (1983).
Rosemary Kenyon Timperley was born in Crouch End (North London) on 20 March 1920, daughter of teacher Emily Mary (Lethen) and architect George Kenyon Timperley. She was educated at Hornsea High School and Kings College (London) where she qualified for a History Honours B.A. degree in 1941.
During the war and up to 1949, she taught
English and history at a school in Essex, and also found time to work as a
hospital nurse, police canteen assistant, waitress and artist's model, which
all supplied rich background material for her later stories. While entertaining
her pupils with her natural gifts of imaginative story-telling, she began
contributing short fiction pieces to several magazines and newspapers.
Several of her earliest supernatural tales appeared in both Reveille and the weekly Truth magazine in the long-running 'Queer Story' series. Three of these, all from 1952 numbers of Truth (kindly supplied by Richard Simms, who has researched and located many dozens of long-forgotten Timperley tales in Truth, Reveille, and the London Evening News) appear in the present volume.
Timperley finally achieved her first hardback
publication with 'Christmas Meeting’ and ‘Harry’ in Cynthia Asquith's
bestselling anthologies The Second Ghost Book (1952) and The Third
Ghost Book (1955) respectively, in the distinguished company of L.P.
Hartley, Elizabeth Bowen, Lord Dunsany, Robert Aickman, and many other great
(£19.50 on publication)
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Although Rosemary Timperley was an enormously prolific novelist and short story writer, she always combined quantity with undeniable quality, much appreciated by countless readers and admirers of her work. Her work is certainly overdue for rediscovery today.
This new selection contains twenty-two of Timperley's best stories:
HARRY, FROM ANOTHER WORLD, THE NOBODIES, THE LISTENING CHILD, THE EVER-BURIED, LOST PATHWAYS, THE ARTIST'S MODEL, THE MISTRESS IN BLACK, DREAMS ARE MORE THAN SHADOWS, VOICES IN THE NIGHT, WHAT HAPPENED TO SALLY?, THE TALL WOMAN, TO KEEP HIM COMPANY, WALK ON THE WATER, LITTLE GIRL LOST, THE SOUND OF THE SAW, THE WRONG GHOST, PROOF POSITIVE, MANDRAGORA, LITTLE BOY HAUNTED, STELLA, CHRISTMAS MEETING.
A review of FROM ANOTHER WORLD on An
extract from The British Fantasy Society review by Mario Guslandi (June 2016):
A review of FROM ANOTHER WORLD on
An extract from The British Fantasy Society review by Mario Guslandi (June 2016):
"As a little child I was first consciously introduced to ghosts when my aunt read aloud to me Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Marley's ghost interested me, but I was unalarmed as I didn't believe in him. I thought privately that I could invent that sort of thing myself if I had a mind to.
For years I regarded
ghost stories as fascinating but no more credible than, say, Cinderella
or The Little Mermaid—beloved favourites, but one did
As a teacher, I found
that the children loved having ghost stories read to them, and their
gasps, shivers and "Cor, Miss! Smashing! Read us another!" was fun
No need for details. Teresa of Avila, Joan of Arc, Emily Bronte, Evelyn Waugh and others have already described this experience to perfection. Indeed, schizophrenia is not such a rare condition. Many people go through it at some time or other when they have been under stress and "escape" from so-called normality. But the point is that, whatever the medical explanation, I really did hear those Voices, which doctors call "auditory hallucinations". I realised with shock and terror that there were such things as spirits in the air about us, and that I'd been playing ignorantly with ghost-fire for all of my previous life....
From Rosemary Timperley's PREFACE
A story featured in FROM ANOTHER WORLD
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