The Man in the Picture and The Small Hand today on a ghost story double feature!
Both of these tales are little gems of revenge from beyond the grave. In The Man in the Picture, a mysterious painting of a Venetian scene becomes a tool for malice. And in The Small Hand, a ghost reaches out of the past and quite literally touches someone.
Hill has a very elegant but spare style that suits these stories well. Both employ lots of wonderful tension-building and atmosphere, and a fantastic sense of the strange and foreboding. They’re slim stories, and Hill manages to pack a lot into a small frame in each one.
There’s a sort of dusty old feel to these, as if you’ve uncovered a box in an attic with a lot of forgotten, oddball items inside. And then those items somehow unleash the supernatural on you.
Pick these stories up this October if you like barely-there scares and old-fashioned strange tales. They’re straightforward ghost stories with some elegant layering, perfect for an afternoon during the witching season.