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The Stoneground Ghosts

10 Nov

Edmund Gill Swain (1861-1938) was Chaplain of King’s College, Cambridge as well as being an accomplished author of ghost stories, the best known of which were published in 1912 in the form of the collection entitled The Stoneground Ghost Tales. He was a colleague and contemporary of M R James and a regular member of the select group to whom James delivered his famous annual Christmas Eve ghost story readings. Like James, E G Swain was drawn to the rich vein of antiquarian and supernatural lore in East Anglia. In his capacity as Reverend Canon and Proctor at the University of Cambridge, he had ample opportunity to study the ghostly tradition of the eerie wastes of The Fens, where several of his best stories are located.

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