Spooky Review: The Woman in Black
October 20, 2011 by Angelica
Well, it’s definitely that time of year again. I am torturing myself with scary movies, zombie televsion shows, and frightful books.
It must be Halloween.
The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill is most definitely one of the most frightening stories I ever read. Hill is a genius at creating a foggy and chilling atmosphere, and this book is all about atmosphere.
The book starts peaceful enough with Arthut Kipps spending Christmas Eve with his wife and stepchildren. They try to get him to tell a ghost story, but the thought of doind so horrifies him. Later that night he sits down to finally write about the ghost who haunted him. We are taken back in time to when Arthur is a young lawyer, sent to settle the estate of a reclusive old woman in northern town in England.
Arthur Kipps’ errand is marked by the townspeople’s nervous glances, eerie silences, and his own unanswered questions. Oh! And I almost forgot, a wasting away woman in black who shows up at the cemetary only to disappear moments later.
It’s not until Arthur Kipps ventures to the deceased woman’s house that I truly felt creeped out. Like I said Hill is a genius, and there were a few times when I felt the hair on the back of my neck stand on end and goosebumps trickle up my arms.
The Woman in Black is a quick read and definitely worth it if you enjoyed Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark when you were a kid.
Incidentally, the Woman in Black is now a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe, and will be released early next year. It looks like a few liberties might have been taken between the book and the movie, but that’s typical. I’m probably going to see it with my hands over my ears (it’s the music that scares me).
What’s the spookiest book you’ve ever read? Have you ever read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark?