The Underpass (a ghost story)

Beget from the same black shadows as MR James’ unsettling fiction and Nigel Kneale’s macabre teleplays, The Underpass is a short story best told amongst friends, dark corners carefully checked for unwelcome guests. More

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Published: March 11, 2012
Words: 2,790
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476383460
About James Cessford

James Cessford was head curator and librarian at the members only "Chapelkill Taxidermy Museum" on the edge of the North York Moors. The collection boasted some of Western Europe's finest examples of rogue taxidermy including jackalopes, griffins and mermaids; as well as a selection of the most exquisite anthropomorphic tableaus the Edwardian secret societies ever rendered.

Ongoing inquiries into the localized outbreak of a degenerative tropical lupus traced back to one of the museum's privately procured chimeras, have unfortunately forced the institute's director, Alfred Catch Esq, to temporarily seal shut the doors. It is hoped that access to the collection will be restored again some time in the spring.

Between sourcing and cataloguing acquisitions, James has recently completed his first collection of stories, The Monkey Puzzle, from which The Carousel is taken.

If you would like to know more about The Monkey Puzzle or the work of the museum, please contact James at

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