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- The Master of the
- by John
- The twelve ‘Tales of Twilight and Borderlands’ that
make up The Master of the House
are in the classic tradition of English ghost stories and tales of the
unknown. They are recounted with a powerful sense of place: winter on an
unfrequented moor, Oxford railway station in the 1950s, high summer near
a legendary Roman camp, a Victorian suburb in London, a college VIII
rowing home on a December evening, a railway journey delayed by frost
and snow into endless night. The narratives are touched with sardonic
humour and a feeling for things past and to come that make the
unexpected a sometimes terrible reality.
- Contents: ‘Foreword’, ‘The Memento Mori’, ‘Wolvershiel’, ‘Addendum to a
Confession’, ‘Wings’, ‘The Pit’, ‘Empty Places’, ‘Party Talk’, ‘The
Double Crossing’, ‘Night Music’, ‘The Master of the House’, ‘The New Inn
Hall Inheritance’, ‘Where Shadows Lead’.
Gaskin was educated
at the City of Oxford High School and St Peter’s College, Oxford. He was
the first graduate trainee recruited by the Royal Bank of Scotland, but
in 1963 he returned to academic life, taking a lectureship at Trinity
College Dublin where he became Junior Dean, a Fellow, and held a
personal chair in philosophy. His publications on Hume, Hobbes, and
classical philosophy are well known. He retired in 1997 to devote the
remainder of his life to writing, travel, old wine, friends and other
antiquities, music and country life. He is married with two children and
five grandchildren, and lives in a remote house that he reclaimed from
the devastation sanctioned by Dr Beeching.
- ISBN 978-1-905784-62-2
- The Master of the
available as a signed hardback in an edition limited to 360
copies, £35.00 inc. p&p.
copy £3.50 (Please note that the ebook will be supplied as an attachment
to an email. It will be sent manually, so there may be a short delay in
- See also John Gaskin's collection of short stories,
The Long Retreating Day.
- Reviews of John
Gaskin's The Master of the House:
- "A splendid collection of stories to be savored slowly
but deeply, just like a glass of vintage wine." Mario Guslandi,
- "Here crouch 12 superb tales of the unknown and the
numinous, each one as finely crafted as could be wished, ready to pounce
upon the unsuspecting reader's imagination." - M.R. Cosby's Blog
- "...a mastery of the classic
English ghost story that all lovers of the genre will relish."
Ghosts and Scholars
- "Touched with irony and graveyard
humor, his stories will appeal to fans of classic ghostly fiction."
- "I suspect this book will
remind many of us why we first fell in love with the genre." Supernatural Tales
Updated 5th October 2014