“God Grante That She Lye Still” by Lady Cynthia Asquith

by kattomic

“God Grante That She Lye Still” by Lady Cynthia Asquith


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Cynthia Asquith was the Ellen Datlow of her time, creating memorable genre anthologies including The Ghost Book(1927), My Grimmest Nightmare (1935), and Shudders (1929). She was famous for her own short stories and diaries.  She also had a number of famous writer friends, including D.H. Lawrence and James Barrie. (Barrie left his entire estate, outside of the Peter Pan stories, to Asquith.)  “God Grante That She Lye Still” appeared in Asquith’s anthology When Churchyards Yawn and was also included in a collection of her own stories called This Mortal Coil (1947, Arkham House).  This story of ghostly possession is creepily effective as a well-bred young lady begins tearing the heads off birds and otherwise acting out of character.

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