Ah Halloween. Normally I'd have been saving up all my found horror stories for the entire month of October in anticipation. This year I got behind and only have this story to show for it. In any case, M. R. James "Lost Hearts" is a goody.
It's a classic sort of ghost story. Creepy house, creepy kids, old Victorian language, and a smattering of mystery to accompany the thrills. Much of what happens here would be considered tropes by now, but nonetheless it's perfect for this time of year.
It tells of a boy named Stephen Elliott who, orphaned, has been called upon to live with his rich, bachelor, slightly reclusive, cousin and his servants. From the get go something is clearly off with the cousin, who seems preoccupied with Stephen's age...