This month, a brilliant story by Grant Allen in a collection of late Victorian Gothic tales got me thinking about ghosts and their life spans, or should I say death-spans. It’s not something I’ve ever considered before. If a soul cannot move on, how long does it stay haunting the living? Indefinitely, is Allen’s response in his short story ‘Pallinghurst Barrow’ which focuses on the spirits of our prehistoric past, as well as raising the question that H.G. Wells was to pick up later in The Time Machine that with all these ghosts from across time, over population in the afterlife would be inevitable.
To read more about ‘Pallinghurst Barrow’ click here to view my column on the This is Horror site.