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Scholars and spectres: The Runes Have Been Cast, by Robert Irwin, reviewed

15 January 2022

9:00 AM

15 January 2022

9:00 AM

The Runes Have Been Cast Robert Irwin

Dedalus, pp.249, 9.99

It could be said that the power of a horror story depends on the possibility, however minute, of it being true. This is partly why so many masters of the genre, from Bram Stoker to Robert Louis Stevenson, have given their narratives the semblance of believability by including epistolary passages, ‘found’ documents and the commentaries of ‘editors’ in their books.

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