Key figures of ‘Ghostland’

The following list contains some of the key figures that feature in Ghostland:

A Wicker Man figureRobert Aickman
A. L. Barker
E. F. Benson
Algernon Blackwood
Lucy Boston
John Buchan
Robert Burns
Ithell Colquhoun
Susan Cooper
Walter de la Mare
Charles Dickens
Arthur Conan Doyle
Alan Garner
John Gordon
Two distant figures on Borth beach, Wales.Thomas Hardy
L. P. Hartley
William Hope Hodgson
Elizabeth Jane Howard
M. R. James
Rudyard Kipling
Arthur Machen
Paul Nash
Amyas Northcote
W. G. Sebald
Graham Swift

But lots more are touched upon including H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, W. B. Yeats, John Buchan, Stephen King and Ray Bradbury… And that’s excluding writers like Graham Swift and Kurt Vonnegut whose work resonates with me for associations beyond the supernatural.

Films discussed in detail include The Wicker Man, as well as the similar earlier Play for Today Robin Redbreast, and many of the BBC’s A Ghost Story for Christmas adaptations including A Warning to the Curious and Lost Hearts. Children’s TV and films including Children of the Stones, The Watcher in the Woods, The Children of Green Knowe are all there, as well as old black-and-white classics like Ealing’s Dead of Night, Night of the Demon and The Halfway House. Other films that get a mention include Suspiria, the chilling made-for-TV adaptation of Salem’s Lot and Carnival of Souls