Do NOT look behind you.The Wreck of the
Lodewijk and Other Ghostly Stories
is a slim volume of thoroughly British ghost stories
by George Knight
, and including the titular tale in which SS Lodewijk
sank not as quietly as appears in a storm in 1914, off East Anglia
.The other three stories are set in a country church and its undercroft or crypt; on an isle in the Hebrides
; and in the Underground
Tropes especially notable in these stories include:
- Afterlife Express: Possibly.
- Arcadia / Barsetshire: In the old sense of Death's being also in Arcadia. Three of the protagonists are or, rather, they meant to be and had thought they were on nice, restful holidays, by the sea or in the countryside....
- Big Boo's Haunt: And you never know what is until you are already there.
- The Church of England: Crypts and all. The Vicar seems unaware that his parish church is Unholy Ground.
- Cool Train: Well, a chilling one, actually. Possibly, er, South-bound.
- Ghost Ship: Subverted. It sank
and the ship's not what you need to worry about.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: With fathomless motives. There is no reason to stop and inquire about those motives, either, when you could be running away.
- Gratuitous Latin: In addition to the Jamesian trope of Smart People Know Latin, the story, St Oswald's, includes a rather unnerving Latin inscription.
- Sinister Subway: One might very well think that....
- Steam Never Dies: Disturbingly subverted on the Underground.
- The Undead: Whatever that is in the crypt, it's Not Nice. Probably not an Eldritch Abomination, though....