All images by Wildstar Beaumont
Today, Monday 25th October 2021 sees a Halloween Special from Designing Worlds – a ghost story by that master of Edwardian chills, EF Benson.
Join us at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams for the Tale of How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery – or you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds.
Extracts from the story …
CHURCH-PEVERIL is a house so beset and frequented by spectres, both visible and audible, that none of the family which it shelters under its acre and a half of green copper roofs takes psychical phenomena with any seriousness. For to the Peverils the appearance of a ghost is a matter of hardly greater significance than is the appearance of the post (mail) to those who live in more ordinary houses. It arrives, that is to say, practically every day, it knocks (or makes other noises), it is observed coming up the drive (or in other places) …
… the Peverils do not exactly treat their ghosts with contempt, since most of that delightful family never despised anybody except such people as avowedly did not care for hunting or shooting, or golf or skating. And as all of their ghosts are of their family, it seems reasonable to suppose that they all, even the poor Blue Lady, excelled at one time in field-sports.
… But there is one ghost at Church-Peveril at which the family never laugh, in which they feel no friendly and amused interest, and of which they only speak just as much as is necessary for the safety of their guests. More properly it should be described as two ghosts, for the “haunt” in question is that of two very young children, who were twins. These, not without reason, the family take very seriously indeed.
You’ll find this makes for a haunting experience – so do join us at 2pm SLT in our studio, or watch on the web.
The photographs are by Wildstar Beaumont and the set of the Long Gallery was designed by Beryl Strifeclaw.
The following locations were used for the readers:
Elrik Merlin – The Library (A Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath – viewable in the Garden of Dreams store): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Garden%20of%20Dreams/200/41/36
Saffia Widdershins – The Looking Glass: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Horizon%20Dream/35/198/103
Fakey Jewell – The Ballroom (A Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath – viewable in the Garden of Dreams store): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Garden%20of%20Dreams/200/41/36
Mavromichali Szondi – Jitters Court, Home of the Bigginses in Port Babbage: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Port%20Babbage/135/232/110
Locations for How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery:
The Long Gallery itself was built on privately owned land.
The house used for Church Peveril is by Koshari Mahana. You can see it on the Marketplace here: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/The-Victorian-Estate-House/13652165
The Blue Lady was seen at Calas Galadhon Park: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Calas%20Galadhon/137/233/23
You can read How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery here: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/How_Fear_Departed_from_the_Long_Gallery
(and lots of others by EF Benson too – Saffia and Elrik recommend The Bus Conductor: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Bus-Conductor