The Beckoning Fair One Author:Oliver Onions "Miles ahead of the average ghost-story"--Sunday Times — "Among the best-written in the genre of supernatural fiction"--All Hallows — A novelist retreats to an abandoned house in the heart of London, where he becomes enthralled by an eighteenth-century spirit--and where his contact with the outside world gradually diminishes. Acclaim... more »ed by such masters of the genre as Algernon Blackwood and H. P. Lovecraft as one of the best ghost stories in the English language, "The Beckoning Fair One" is Oliver Onions' most fascinating and eminently readable story. Onions possessed an outstanding gift for creating intense psychological portraits and gripping internal monologues. The dubious reliability of his narrator's perceptions adds an extra edge to this finely crafted tale, rendered with remarkable attention to detail and well-paced suspense. Unabridged republication of the classic 1911 edition.« less
This story was referred to in the book Bad Twin, which ties in with the TV show Lost. It is considered top-notch for this type of genre. It left me with questions at the end, and the story at first glance is rather dull, but when you think deeper about it, there are lots of things going on beneath the surface. Quick, 90-page read.