A man, a house, a ghost, and a murder. This whimsical tale that leads lyrically to a terrible undoing is consistently rated one of the best ghost stories ever written. The twist at the end is wholly unexpected and the reader is left guessing whether, Paul Oleron, a failing novelist is the victim of an evil succubus that haunts his house and his dreams, or he is guilty of a terrible betrayal.
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About Oliver Onions
George Oliver Onions (1873–1961), who published under the name Oliver Onions, was a British writer of short stories and over forty novels. He wrote in a variety of genres but is perhaps best remembered for his ghost stories, notably the highly regarded collection Widdershins and the widely anthologized novella The Beckoning Fair One. He was married to the novelist Berta Ruck. Originally trained as a commercial artist, he worked as a designer of posters and books and as a magazine illustrator during the Boer War. Encouraged by the American writer Gelett Burgess, Onions began writing fiction.