The Bleeding Horse
and Other Ghost Stories
By Brian J. Showers
“Take my word for it, there is no such thing as an ancient village, especially if it has seen better days, un-illustrated by its legends of terror. You may as well expect to find decayed cheese without mites, or an old house without rats, as an antique and dilapidated town without an authentic population of goblins.” – Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
In the spirit of Le Fanu’s classic trio of tales, Brian J. Showers’ The Bleeding Horse and Other Ghost Stories infests his own Dublin neighbourhood with an authentic population of ghosts, ghouls, and goblins. Showers has filled each story with fascinating regional history, local atmosphere, and architectural details that are clearly visible today. While this gives the stories a factual flavour, the supernatural elements are entirely fictional. The result is a realistic and shadow-filled portrait of a modern neighbourhood, written in the traditional style of the classic literary ghost story.
Each story features a recognisable Dublin setting and infuses it with a spectral history. Among the mysteries you will be invited to unravel are: the origins of The Bleeding Horse pub’s gruesome name “‘The Bleeding Horse”); the mysterious events leading to the discovery of Jack B. Yeats’ final painting (“Oil on Canvas”); the eerie and persistent repercussions of a tragic omnibus accident in 1861 (“Favourite No. 7 Omnibus”); the possible resting place of the stolen Irish Crown Jewels and what guards it (“Quis Separabit”); the identify of the strange entity that plagued a 19th c. curate (“Father Corrigan’s Diary”); and more. The Bleeding Horse and Other Ghost Stories features black and white illustrations throughout by Duane Spurlock, an introduction by Le Fanu scholar Jim Rockhill, and a cover by Harvey Award winner Scott Hampton.
- Winner of the Children of the Night Award (2008)
- Prequel to Old Albert
Hardback edition published by Mercier Press (Cork, Ireland).
Cover art by Scott Hampton
Illustrated by Duane Spurlock
Introduction by Jim Rockhill
ISBN: 978-1-85635-578-0 (hbk)