Welcome to Hugh Lamb Online
For 45 years, Hugh Lamb has been collecting and editing vintage tales of the supernatural and macabre, carving out for himself a reputation as one of the UK’s foremost authorities on Victorian ghost stories and other vintage tales of terror. This website, created and run by family and friends, with some input from the man himself, is intended as a one-stop resource for all things Hugh Lamb!
And with three new publications due out in the latter half of 2017, expect to see the site grow!
If you’d like to know more about the man behind the books, then this is your place. He’d be the first to claim that his books are the most interesting thing about him, but we’ll let you be the judge of that.
Interested in Hugh’s output since his first publication in 1972? Use this comprehensive bibliography to follow Hugh’s career as a highly respected anthologist of vintage tales of the macabre.
45 years and still going! This year will see three updated anthologies from Hugh Lamb, in paperback and eBook editions, so watch this space to find out what’s happening and when.
‘The world of shadows and superstition that was Victorian England was unique. While the foundations of so much of our present knowledge of subjects like medicine, public health, electricity, chemistry and agriculture, were being mapped out, people could still believe in the existence of devils and demons. And why not? A good ghost story is pure entertainment. It was not until well into the twentieth century that ghost stories began to have a deeper significance and to become allegorical; in fact, to lose their charm. At what other point in literary history could a man, standing over the body of his fiancee, say such a line as this:
‘Speak, hound! Or, by heaven, this night shall witness two murders instead of one!’
Those were the days.’