Susan Hill, once removed, twice

Susan Hill, or rather her influence, features twice in The Times today (Saturday 27 October).

First is the winner of the Times-Vintage Hallowe’en ghost story competition, judged by Susan, Erica Wagner (literary editor of The Times) and Liz Foley (editorial director of Vintage classics). The story is a chiller in miniature, The Witch’s Promise by Robert Fenner. You can read the two runners’ up, We’ll Meet Again by Shirley Wright and The Resident by Roger Wareham, here.

The second featuring of Susan Hill is a review of her new book, The Man in the Picture. "In the capable hands of Hill, the Gothic novel, that venerable but undeniably pensionable genre, finds a new lease of life." As well as finding the review at the link in this sentence, you can also listen to Susan reading from her famous book The Woman in Black.