|One of the story's original illustrations|
James read this story out to his literary group, the Chitchat Society, on October 28, 1893. This became quite a tradition, though it usually moved to Christmastime. Ghost stories at Christmas is a venerable English tradition that we are (sadly) missing here in the US--maybe a couple of Brits will tell us whether it still happens? I presume that's what the Doctor Who Christmas Special is for, but do people still read aloud too? (OH! That's why The Children of Green Knowe is a ghost story too, yes?)
"Canon Alberic's Scrap-Book" is quite a creepy story to my mind; what do you think of it? MRJ seems to have had a bit of a thing for hair in his scary creatures--keep an eye out for it.