A CHILL IN THE LANE by Mabel Esther Allan


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A Chill in the Lane is Lyd Allbright's first warning that she (who after all may have Cornish blood) is about to become a psychic witness to some dark deed in the now forgotten history of Trelonyan Cove. While Lyd fights off recurring attacks of chills and second sight, she becomes increasingly preoccupied with a local boy Saul and with hiding evidence of her active ""imagination"" from her adoptive parents. The identity of Lyd's troubled ancestral ghost -- a charitable 19th century woman persecuted as a latter-day witch -- isn't revealed until Lyd -- on her way back home to Bristol -- visits an old scholar who produces the diary of a contemporary witness. This diary might have been expanded into a satisfying tale of village superstition, but the vague hints and shadowy visions that are the sum of Lyd's demonic possession never generate more than a feeble frisson.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1974
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Nelson