“The Man in the Picture” is another little gem in the collection of short novels by Susan Hill written in the ghost/horror genre.
This tells the story of Oliver, who,when visiting his old tutor, Theo Parmitter, hears the chilling tale behind the acquisition and possession of a painting. This painting depicts a carnival scene in Venice, but it is a very special painting, as Oliver learns, to his cost.
I enjoyed the style adopted by the author for the telling of this story. She seems to have stepped straight into the tradition of a previous generation of authors of ghost stories – nothing sensational, but slowly building the tension and sense of foreboding as the plot unfolded.