Strange Relics: Stories of Archaeology and the Supernatural, 1895-1954, edited by Amara Thornton and Katy Soar / ISBN 9781912766581 / 227-page paperback from Handheld Classics (UK), just published
Handheld Press presents a new classic short story anthology, combining the supernatural and archaeology. Never before have so many relics from the past caused such delicious and intriguing shivers down the spine. Archaeological historian Amara Thornton of the University of London, and Classical archaeologist Katy Soar from the University of Winchester have curated a selection of twelve outstanding short stories encompassing horror, ghosts, hauntings, and possession, all from archaeological excavation. From a Neolithic rite to Egyptian religion to Roman remains to medieval masonry to some uncanny ceramic tiles in a perfectly ordinary American sun lounge, the relics in these stories are, frankly, horrible.
Authors include: M R James, Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Conan Doyle, John Buchan, Rose Macaulay, Arthur Machen, Eleanor Scott, Margery Lawrence, Alan Wace, and Dorothy Quick.