Ghosts in the Cloisters





Ghosts in the Cloisters’ is a collection of short stories set in Oxford, which taps into the city’s rich history and folklore, in particular its ghost stories and urban myths. Although all of these tales share the setting of Oxford, this is not the traditional city of dreaming spires but a more gothic and otherworldly Oxford, whose inhabitants exist in a world touched by the supernatural and the unexplained. The people who are caught up in these stories come from every station and background: an initially light-hearted ghost tour of the city takes a sinister turn at an abandoned church; a schoolboy in the suburb of Blackbird Leys undergoes a terrifying transformation; one of the most venerable colleges in Oxford is visited by a celebrated figure from its past, many years after her death, and four students encounter a malign entity late one night while manning a telephone helpline.

What all of the characters in ‘Ghosts in the Cloisters’ share is a connection with Oxford and an experience which may be out of the ordinary, disturbing, frightening or ultimately life-changing. These are haunting tales to suit every theme and mood, full of delicious spooky thrills, spine-tingling moments; and even many darkly humorous elements; ultimately they all share the ability to unsettle the nerves and linger in the memory.

Read it here: Ghosts in the Cloisters

14 Responses to “Ghosts in the Cloisters”

  1. robinofrockridge October 7, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    Arrrrrrgghhh!!!!! Amazon’s Kindle says I can’t buy it off the UK Amazon site since I’m in the U.S.
    Hope Ghosts in The Cloisters is also on the U.S. Amazon list! Sounds frightening!

    • robinofrockridge October 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

      OK, found ‘Cloisters’ on U.S. Amazon Kindle. Bought it too.

      • anilbalan October 8, 2011 at 7:11 am #

        Thanks, hope you enjoy it 🙂

  2. growingupweirdmedium October 7, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

    Wow! Thanks for the Like! I will have to get your newest book because it sounds fascinating! In fact, I just did! I am looking forward to reading it.

  3. growingupweirdmedium October 17, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    I have started reading your book and it is great! I can hardly put it down.

  4. anilbalan October 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Thanks, you’re too kind 🙂

    • Karen Crumley, author November 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

      I have finished your book and I loved it! Your writer style is wonderful to read and I could just picture the scenes like I was there. Good Job!

      • anilbalan November 16, 2011 at 9:04 pm #


  5. Sandra November 11, 2011 at 2:42 am #

    I look forward to reading your book.

    • robinofrockridge November 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

      Thanks for the “like”, Anilbalin. I did download “ghosts in the cloisters” but will have to wait ’til January to read it.

  6. Caroline January 8, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    Normally, scary stories that turn my blood aren’t my favorite genre. I’ll read your sample and maybe purchase Wydda on my kindle. Thanks for visiting my blog.


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