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THE WOMAN ANNELIDA
by ALISON WRIGHT
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1663 - Laird James Campbell was a god-fearing man who ran his estate in the Scottish Borders with an iron rod. Following an incident where his favoured stablehand died, he delivers a brutal punishment to the young maid who had tried to help the boy, thanks to the false accusations of the other stablehands. The maid however, in her last breaths, issues a curse on all who reside on the estate. Her body is then thrown into the lake and left there. Summer 1990 - New owner, Mark Cavanagh arrives with his fiancée Lyn Hamilton having won the remodelled mansion in an auction. It is Mark's dream home but Lyn's biggest nightmare. She senses an ominous presence and is uneasy from day one. During the renovations, Lyn discovers a leather journal, giving an account of a grave miscarriage of justice involving the one time Laird, James Campbell and one of his housemaids. Now her nerves are raw. What if the past was to visit the present?
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1663 - Laird James Campbell was a god-fearing man who ran his estate in the Scottish Borders with an iron rod. Following an incident where his favoured stablehand died, he delivers a brutal punishment to the young maid who had tried to help the boy, thanks to the false accusations of the other stablehands. The maid however, in her last breaths, issues a curse on all who reside on the estate. Her body is then thrown into the lake and left there. Summer 1990 - New owner, Mark Cavanagh arrives with his fiancée Lyn Hamilton having won the remodelled mansion in an auction. It is Mark's dream home but Lyn's biggest nightmare. She senses an ominous presence and is uneasy from day one. During the renovations, Lyn discovers a leather journal, giving an account of a grave miscarriage of justice involving the one time Laird, James Campbell and one of his housemaids. Now her nerves are raw. What if the past was to visit the present?
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Simon Reagan
I have to say, and without exaggeration, this story gave me goosebumps almost from the off. It's a real spinetingler and so well written, with a great sense of pace and context. The historical backdrop sets the scene, but more importantly it's described with accuracy and relevance. The central characters are introduced with just the right amount of detail for the reader to get to know them- not an easy feat in the context of the short story genre. The structure of the story is first class. This is one of the creepiest stories I've read for some time. For readers of an easily perturbed persuasion, only pick up this story during daylight hours!
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