The Man in the Picture : A Ghost Story, Paperback

The Man in the Picture : A Ghost Story Paperback

Part of the The Susan Hill Collection series

3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


A mysterious depiction of masked revellers at the Venice carnival hangs in the college rooms of Oliver's old professor in Cambridge.

On this cold winter's night, its eerie secret is revealed by the ageing don.

The dark art of the Venetian scene, instead of imitating life, has the power to entrap it.

To stare into the painting is to play dangerously with the unseen demons it hides, and become the victim of its macabre beauty ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Horror & ghost stories
  • ISBN: 9781846685446



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This is another gripping short ghostly novel from this author, based around a mysterious painting of a masked ball in Venice. Really creepy, and as usual from this author, with a twist at the end. If I wanted to be picky, I could question why some of the characters make or accede to decisions that seem bound to (and do) lead to dire consequences, but that moves the drama on.

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Pleasing enough but rather too predictable to be truly enjoyable: the tension felt overstretched in places.

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Now, it was the last week of the vacation and the college was quiet. We had eaten a good dinner, drunk a bottle of good claret, and we were stretched out comfortably in our chairs before a good fire. But the winter wind, coming as always straight off the Fens, howled round and occasionally a burst of hail rattled against the glassAfter dinner with his former tutor Theo Parmitter in his rooms at Cambridge, Oliver agrees to listen to a strange story about a painting of the Venice Carnival hanging on Theo's wall, and the scene is set for a very Jamesian ghost story. It's a pity that nobody has the sense to burn the picture. Even Anne, who wishes she had destroyed the parcel without opening it, seems resigned to the picture's curse continuing into the next generation.

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