GALLERY (COMING SOON…)
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When Phoebe Summers moves to an idyllic Cornish cottage, dark deeds from the past quickly begin to cast sinister shadows across the present...
"Spooky, evocative and so poignant. The perfect autumnal bedtime read." Chrissie Manby.
"Gave me real shivers!" My Book Shelf.
However, it’s a little known fact that the road’s far older name is Hobb’s Hill; an ancient title that locals say means Witch’s Hill. Several people that I know, including tough fishermen and new comers to Polperro with no previous knowledge of the hill’s sinister alter ego, told spookily similar stories of supernatural experiences which occurred there.
Although I never saw anything odd myself, at least not on Talland Hill anyway, while my friend lived in the cottage she certainly had several unsettling experiences and eventually moved on to somewhere less shimmering with vibrations of the past. Since then the cottage has changed hands several times but nobody seems to stay there for long…
My story about Tilly Penhalligan and Phoebe began with the Polperro cottage and developed further when I visited the famous witchcraft museum in Boscastle. Struck by the artefacts displayed there and then inspired further by stories of the Fighting Fairy Woman of Bodmin Town, told by a very talented ex teaching colleague of mine, I finally sat down and wrote this short story. Reading it several years on, even in the blazing Caribbean sunshine, I still get the shivers because I’m instantly transported back to that very strange cottage on Talland Hill, and watching the sea mists roll in to cut us off from the village below.
I really hope you enjoy this short story. Some of you may recognise Cornish myths, settings and stories within it that have certainly influenced my writing.
Hobb’s Cottage was written a few years ago and was inspired by an old house in the Cornish fishing village of Polperro, where my best friend was living for a summer. Although the cottage was beautiful, all beams set at quirky angles and lead paned windows gazing out across the rolling sea, the place always had the oddest atmosphere, as though it was holding its breath and waiting for something. This air of stillness was totally at odds with the bustling village outside and I always had the strongest sensation that the twenty-
This seventeenth century cottage was situated half way up the very steep hill leading out of Polperro, a road now called Talland Hill, and the location for some of the most beautiful properties in South East Cornwall.
I really hope you like Hobb’s Cottage. Please feel free to email me and let me know your thoughts and your own ghostly experiences. I love to hear them and once the new blog and website are up and running I’d really like to pop some up.
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