Ten Sentence Historical Fiction Blog Hop

Writer Jessica Knauss is hosting an historical blog hop today and I’ve signed up to link into the chain. My mission is to post ten sentences from my historical fiction writing as part of the blog hop.

cottageRecently I’ve been thinking about the story of the Coonian Ghost House near where I live in Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. The centenary of the first reports of unnatural happenings at the cottage is next month so maybe that’s what prompted me to post the passage I’ve chosen.

I’ve taken my ten sentences from The Empty Cottage, a short story I’m working on. It’s set on a farm in Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland c.1910. A young lad, Johnny, goes with his two uncles, Dermot and Michael Reilly, and a neighbor, Tom McNulty, to investigate lights they notice flickering in an empty cottage on the Reillys’ farm. An elderly man, Willie Donegan, lived in the cottage until his recent death. The group crowds behind Dermot as he leads them up the path and opens the cottage door:

We stumbled into the room and looked around. The fire was burning in the grate and the candles glowing in the windows. There was no sign of anyone else there. I’m sure I heard a collective sigh of relief from the three men in front of me.

     “It looks just as if oul’ Willie was still here,” Tom said. Everyone muttered uneasy agreement.

     “Maybe he doesn’t want to leave,” Michael whispered.

     “Sure, it’s not Willie. There’s no such thing as ghosts,” Dermot said.

     “Well, who did this then?” Michael asked.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into The Empty Cottage. The story isn’t finished yet but, if you like eery stories, I included another one, Conquering the Shadows, in my short story collection, Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves.

Now that you have stepped back in time with me why not check out the other blogs taking part in the historical fiction blog hop? You’ll find links to them on Jessica Knauss’ blog.  


About Dianne Ascroft

I'm a Canadian writer and author, living in Britain. My first novel, 'Hitler and Mars Bars' was released in March 2008. More information abo
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7 Responses to Ten Sentence Historical Fiction Blog Hop

  1. There’s nothing quite like a creepy abandoned place full of history. Well done. Thanks for joining the hop!

  2. Jenna Jaxon says:

    Oooh! I love a ghost story and I’m a sucker for anything Irish. Can’t wait for you to finish it. I don’t think it’s Willie or his ghost. Do ghosts need to keep warm? 🙂 Great snippet.

  3. I guess we’ll have to wait and see who did do it! This is not a place and time I know all that much about but hopefully will learn more about it

  4. nessafrance says:

    Looking forward to reading the rest of this story on Writers Abroad, Dianne. Hope you will post it soon. In the meantime, I might take part myself in the blog hop.

  5. Well, now I need to know the rest!

  6. pfornari says:

    What fun a blog hop sounds!

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