A murderer's guilty conscience gets the better of him, driving him to confess his crime.
2 The Signalman, Charles Dickens (1866): Three times, the ringing of a spectral bell is followed by the appearance of a ghost, harbinger of a dreadful accident.
3 At Chrighton Abbey, Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1871): A tale of a doomed family and a crumbling, historic house at the heart of it.
4 Canon Alberic's ScrapBook, MR James (1894): A young Englishman leaves his friends for the day to spend time alone in a claustrophobic, decaying city in the Pyrenees.
5 The Turn Of The Screw, Henry James (1898): An exquisite psychological ghost story.
6 Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories, Algernon Blackwood (1912): The forest seems to be alive and getting closer to the house, until the husband vanishes altogether.
7 The Listeners, Walter de la Mare (1912): The opening line is striking: 'Is there anybody there?' said the Traveller, knocking on the moonlit door.
8 Bewitched, Edith Wharton (1925): A lightness of touch belies this often very grisly tale.
9 The Ghosts, Antonia Barber (1969): A tale of parallel time and the chance to make amends for mistakes in an earlier life.
10 The Woman In Black, Susan Hill (1982): A story of vengeance, of an old curse from an embittered woman, centred on the brooding Eel Marsh House.