Tales of the Lost is a book of short stories for adults, ranging from realms of fantasy to modern-day settings. Richard Howard's stories are born out of a lifelong love of ghost stories and `curious tales', which he read as a child. Some are ghost stories, others are simply scary, and most have a twist in the tail. In each story, there is a character who, one way or another, feels lost. One story, Flora's Return, takes its main character from Henry James' novella The Turn of the Screw, which was filmed in 1960 as The Innocents. Richard takes this story, which he believes is one of the finest ghost stories ever written, and continues it with an exciting new twist. Richard's stories are based on his experiences of growing up in a house with its own ghosts during his childhood. Ghosts created by the author M.R.James, the many aspects of horror and disquiet by William Hope Hodgson, the dark humour of Saki and the relationship between man and the forces of nature in Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood have all inspired the author to contribute to the short story genre. From science fiction to fairy tales, stories have been written that allow us to enjoy feeling scared in a safe environment. This collection will not disappoint.
Richard Howard has worked in the film industry throughout the 1960s and has written short stories throughout his life. In addition, Richard has sub-edited a local newspaper and wrote various reviews in the 1970s. He is now retired after 21 years as a picture researcher and production manager for an independent classical record company.