Writers never really die; their stories live on, to be found again, to be told again, to scare again…
In Victorian London, a select group of writers, led by Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker and Henry James held an informal dining club, the price of entry to which was the telling of a story by each invited guest.
These are their stories, containing tales of revenant loved ones, lost cities, weird science, spectral appearances and mysteries in the fog of the old city, all told by some of the foremost writers of the day. In here you’ll find Verne and Wells, Tolstoy and Checkov, Stevenson and Oliphant, Kipling, Twain, Haggard and Blavatsky alongside their hosts.
The Ghost Club Members And Their Stories
Robert Louis Stevenson: Wee Davie Makes a Friend
Rudyard Kipling: The High Bungalow
Leo Tolstoy: The Immortal Memory
Bram Stoker: The House of the Dead
Mark Twain: Once a Jackass
Herbert George Wells: Farside
Margaret Oliphant: To the Manor Born
Oscar Wilde: The Angry Ghost
Henry Rider Haggard: The Black Ziggurat
Helena P Blavatsky: Born of Ether
Henry James: The Scrimshaw Set
Anton Checkov: At the Molenzki Junction
Jules Verne: To the Moon and Beyond
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Curious Affair on the Embankment
Early praise for the book…
“The Ghost Club is a massively ambitious anthology of stories ‘by’ classic authors as imagined by the extremely talented William Meikle. Massively entertaining, too.” – Simon Clark, author of the award winning The Night of the Triffids
“This is a highly enjoyable anthology and William Meikle has done a fantastic job of writing these tales in the style of the original authors. All are good but the real gems to me were Wee Davis makes a friend, to the manor born and to the moon and back.”
“In the past, we’ve had the Diogenes Club, the ‘Club of the Damned’, and even Peter Straub’s ‘Chowder Society.’ Now we have THE GHOST CLUB by William Meikle. And it is, quite simply, a delight. Not only has the author displayed his knowledge of and love for the writers of yesteryear, but in creating ‘The Ghost Club’ our host has produced his own collection of unknown and previously unpublished short stories ‘by’ Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, Leo Tolstoy, Bram Stoker, Mark Twain, H. G.Wells, Margaret Oliphant, Oscar Wilde, H. Rider Haggard, Helena P Blavatsky, Henry James, Anton Chekhov, Jules Verne and Arthur Conan Doyle. I say ‘unknown’, when I mean – of course – that all the stories are written by Mr Meikle in the style of the aforementioned authors; and the entire experience of reading this collection is like sitting with him in an old fashioned study, with a roaring fire, guttering shadows and a snifter or two of brandy as he unfolds his ‘Ghost Club’ tales. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.” – Stephen Laws, author of GHOST TRAIN
“William Meikle is an audacious writer! In The Ghost Club he takes on the personalities of literary icons Bram Stoker, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne and the like and creates stories they might have told, mimicking their voices and writing styles. And he makes that work! I have too many favorites to name but as I read from start to finish, the stories just got better and better and I found myself as absorbed as if I were reading spooky tales told by these master storytellers. Kudos to Meikle! Lovers of traditional and quirky ghost stories need The Ghost Club in their library!” – Nancy Kilpatrick. author of REVENGE OF THE VAMPYR KING
“William Meikle does such a great job at writing in the style of each author that more than once I felt as if I was actually reading a lost Twain or Stoker. Beyond the writing, I really liked how each story had an introduction by the “host” – like the Cryptkeeper from Tales from the Crypt. That added an extra bit of “authenticity” to the collection.”
“Masters of literature spin classic spooky tales in this chilling collection.” – Scott Nicholson, author of THE RED CHURCH
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In an interview, author William Meikle talks about why this short story collection is special…
“I love the idea that all these famous writers knew each other, and met for a meal, a drink, a smoke and some storytelling in an old London club / bar setting. It chimes almost exactly with my own idea of a good time. It’s special to me in that it’s a culmination of the past half dozen or so years of writing. Before this collection there were the Carnacki stories, the Holmes stories, the Challenger stories, and the collaborations with M Wayne Miller in numerous deluxe hardcovers. THE GHOST CLUB feels like an endpiece to all of that, a last celebration of everything I love about the era and the storytellers. Plus it’s the most ambitious piece of work I’ve undertaken in my writing so far, the cause of much worrying and fretting on my part, so seeing the lovely blurbs and comments from writers I have long admired makes it extra special to me.”
About author William Meikle
I am a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with over twenty novels published in the genre press and over 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. I have had books published with a variety of publishers including Dark Regions Press, DarkFuse and Dark Renaissance, and my work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies and magazines with recent sales to NATURE Futures, Penumbra and Buzzy Mag among others.
I live in Newfoundland with whales, bald eagles and icebergs for company and when I’m not writing I drink beer, play guitar and dream of fortune and glory.
I don’t know where the ideas come from. I’m just glad that they come. It’s been over twenty five years now. I think it’s enthusiasm that keeps me going. I just love adventure stories with guns, swords, monsters and folks in peril.
I’m just a big kid at heart.
And therein lies my secret. I haven’t grown up.
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