The Ghost of Guir House (1897) by Charles Willing Beale

ghost of guir house

Charles Willing Beale’s theosophical romance, was published in 1897 at the height of the late-Victorian ‘spiritualist’ craze. An engineer, entrepreneur and noted athlete, Beale was also the author of the science-fiction novel The Secrets of the Earth (1898). Concerning a haunted house which holds the key to a love stronger than death, the novel is heavily influenced by the writings of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891). In 1875, Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society, which aimed to promote the ‘essential oneness’ of all life. Blavatsky was herself the author of a series of weird stories, published posthumously as Nightmare Tales (1892), which will be added to the blog at a later date.

The cover pictured above is that of the first paper-wrapped version and is derived from R.B. Russell’s excellent Guide to Supernatural Fiction, at Tartarus Press. The digital matte painting of a haunted house (below) is from Chilling Tales – I have been unable to trace the artist.

The Ghost of Guir House [Kindle]

The Ghost of Guir House [Epub]

The Ghost of Guir House [PDF]

Critical edition:

Five Victorian Ghost Novels, edited by E.F. Bleiler (Dover Publications, 1971)

 

Haunted house source untraced

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3 thoughts on “The Ghost of Guir House (1897) by Charles Willing Beale

  1. Granz Henman

    The photo of “The Ghost of Guir House” pictured above is not the frontispiece but the front cover of the original paperback edition published simultaneously as the 1st hardcover edition in 1897. And before I discovered it on ebay, it was unknown in Beale’s bibliography.

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    1. stylesofdying Post author

      Hi Granz

      Thanks for alerting me to the error – I knew it was the cover (rather than the frontispiece) when I uploaded it, so I’m not sure how I came to mislabel it.

      Dewi

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