“An Evening’s Entertainment” (1925)
M. R. James (writer).
Read in 2017.
Stereotypical bad people → bad environment premiss, with not much else going on. The narrative setup, where the story is narrated by an old grandam to a pair of children, is wasted; the children are not even characterized. It’s meatier than the very similar “There Was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard” (1924).