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George Oliver Onions (13 November 1873 — 9 April 1961) was a significant English novelist who published over forty novels and story collections. Originally trained as a commercial artist, he worked as a designer of posters and books, and as a magazine illustrator, before starting his career in writing. The first editions of his novels were published with dust jackets bearing full-colour illustrations painted by Onions himself. He married the writer Berta Ruck in 1909 and they had two sons, Arthur (born 1912) and William (born 1913). Onions legally changed his name to George Oliver in 1918, but continued to publish under the name Oliver Onions.

Besides detective fiction, historical fiction and a science fiction novel, New Moon (1918), Onions wrote several collections of ghost stories, of which the best known is Widdershins (1911). It includes the novella The Beckoning Fair One, widely regarded as one of the best in the genre of horror fiction, especially psychological horror. On the surface, this is a conventional haunted house story: an unsuccessful writer moves into rooms in an otherwise empty house, in the hope that isolation will help his failing creativity. His sensitivity and imagination are enhanced by his seclusion, but his art, his only friend and his sanity are all destroyed in the process. The story can be read as narrating the gradual possession of the protagonist by a mysterious and possessive feminine spirit, or as a realistic description of a psychotic outbreak culminating in catatonia and murder, told from the sufferer's point of view. The precise description of the slow disintegration of the protagonist's mind is terrifying in either case. Another theme, shared with others of Onions' stories, is a connection between creativity and insanity; in this view, the artist is in danger of withdrawing from the world altogether and losing himself in his creation.

Onions was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his 1946 novel Poor Man's Tapestry.

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Total Books: 95
The Hand of Kornelius Voyt
2013 - The Hand of Kornelius Voyt (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781939140043
ISBN-10: 1939140048
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

The story of Louie
2010 - The Story of Louie (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781171884316
ISBN-10: 1171884311
Genre: History

The debit account
2010 - The Debit Account (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781172426638
ISBN-10: 1172426635
Genre: History

Mushroom Town
2010 - Mushroom Town (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781172353675
ISBN-10: 1172353670
Genres: History, Reference, Travel

The Dead of Night The Ghost Stories of Oliver Onions
2010 - The Dead of Night the Ghost Stories of Oliver Onions [Mystery & Supernatural] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781840226409
ISBN-10: 1840226404

A Crooked Mile
2010 - A Crooked Mile (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781152754218
ISBN-10: 1152754211

The Tower of Oblivion
2010 - The Tower of Oblivion (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781152073890
ISBN-10: 1152073893

A Case in Camera
2009 - A Case in Camera (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781150326127
ISBN-10: 1150326123

The Drakestone
2009 - The Drakestone (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781150387562
ISBN-10: 1150387564

The Complete Bachelor
2009 - The Complete Bachelor [1901] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781120795588
ISBN-10: 1120795583
Genre: Literature & Fiction

In accordance with the evidence
2009 - In Accordance with the Evidence (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780217486866
ISBN-10: 021748686X

Back O' the Moon and Other Stories
2009 - Back O' the Moon and Other Stories (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780217442923
ISBN-10: 0217442927

Gray Youth The Story of a Very Modern Courtship and a Very Modern Marriage
2009 - Gray Youth the Story of a Very Modern Courtship and a Very Modern Marriage [1914] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781112397264
ISBN-10: 1112397264

Gray Youth
2009 - Gray Youth (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781459098084
ISBN-10: 1459098080

The Compleat Bachelor
2009 - The Compleat Bachelor (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781458869654
ISBN-10: 1458869652

2008 - Widdershins (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780554248783
ISBN-10: 0554248786
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Back Of The Moon And Other Stories
2008 - Back of the Moon and Other Stories [1906] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781436980388
ISBN-10: 1436980380

The Beckoning Fair One
2007 - The Beckoning Fair One (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780809500314
ISBN-10: 0809500310
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Accident
2004 - The Accident (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781419151217
ISBN-10: 1419151215

Ghost Stories of Oliver Onions
2003 - Ghost Stories of Oliver Onions (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781872621548
ISBN-10: 1872621546
Genre: Literature & Fiction

First Book of Ghost Stories Widdershins
1978 - First Book of Ghost Stories Widdershins (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780486236087
ISBN-10: 0486236080
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Horror