Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes, England’s very own ‘Prince of Chill’, would have been 100 years old in 2019. To celebrate, Shadow Publishing has released a tribute anthology, Shadmocks & Shivers. It features fifteen stories inspired by the works of R. Chetwynd-Hayes, including my tale, “The Creeping Crawlers of Clavering”.
From the blurb:
Fifteen of the finest authors currently working in the supernatural genre have come together to contribute new tales of The Monster Club, Clavering Grange, Temptations Unlimited, Madam Orloff, Vampires, Ghosts and of course Shadmocks. Chetwynd-Hayes himself is represented by one of his classic Francis St. Clare and Frederica Masters stories.
I’ve long been a fan of R. Chetwynd-Hayes’ stories. There’s something about his blend of humour and horror that really hits my sweet spot. So when I was invited to submit a story, I jumped at the chance. Especially when the editor, Dave Brzeski , suggested that I write a Royal Occultist tale as well.
So, my contribution, “The Creeping Crawlers of Clavering”, finds St. Cyprian and Gallowglass investigating a most peculiar spectral manifestation on behalf of the new owner of Clavering Grange – Britain’s most haunted house. It was a fun story to write, pitting my characters against one of Chetwynd-Hayes’ greatest creations. It also gave me an excuse to re-read all of the Clavering Grange novels.