Review of “Ghost in the Tower” (1884)


Edmund Lenthal Swifte (writer).

Read in 2017.

Read as published and titled in The Wordsworth Book of Horror Stories, with some accompanying commentary by contemporary readers.

A ghost in the Tower of London.

Billed as a subjectively authentic account of a haunting, but as such it has no value, being told at a 40-year remove with no witnesses and no other evidence.

No more compelling than “A Ghostly Manifestation” (1884) in the same volume. It is mildly interesting only that Wordsworth presented this crap alongside the overt fiction.

text fiction