Edward Frederic Benson (1867-1940) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist, and short story writer, best known for his evocative and beautifully narrated ghost and horror stories. In his own day it was his ghost stories which were his most popular works.
"The Sanctuary", a story of Satanism. "There was a thump on the ceiling overhead as if someone had fallen, and without a word we ran upstairs into Francis's bedroom. The door of the wardrobe where the vestments were kept was open, some lay on the floor. The panel was open, too, but within it was dark. In terror at what might meet our eyes, I felt for the switch and turned the light on..."
Among the most significant works Edward Benson: And the dead Spoke..., The Outcast, Machon, Negotium Perambulans..., Inscrutable Decrees, The Gardener, Mr Tilly's Seance, Mrs Amworth, In the Tube, Roderick's Story, The Horror Horn, Mapp and Lucia series, Dodo series, The Inheritor, Secret Lives, Naboth's Vineyard, At the Farmhouse, The Wishing Well, The Terror by Night, The Thing in the Hall, The Cat, The Sanctuary and many more.