The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill

“The Man in the Picture”  is another little gem in the collection of short novels by Susan Hill  written in the ghost/horror genre.

The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story

The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

The return of the Bucentaur to the Molo [wharf...

The return of the Bucentaur to the Molo [wharf] on Ascension Day (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The writing was deceptively simple – easy to read, but with few words, Susan Hill depicted scenes and emotions vividly, creating a chilling and atmospheric novel.

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