Secrets, history and mystery of historic houses

Come into the HouseA new short story anthology celebrates the “secrets, history and mystery” of historic houses. The ten tales are the short-listed entries from a competition run by Corazon Books in partnership with The Historic Houses Association (HHA), to write a short story either inspired by or set in a historic house.

The competition’s unique prizes were in keeping with this theme. The overall winner, Kathryn Burke of Dublin, received a double Friends membership to the Historic Houses Association, and she and a guest will be treated to a private tour of HHA property Levens Hall in Cumbria, and afternoon tea with the Hall’s owners.

Kathryn says of her story, Sunday in the Park with the Vampire: “I live in Dublin and often sit in the tranquil park which faces Bram Stoker’s childhood home. The contrast between the formal elegance of the houses in the Crescent, where Stoker lived, and the wild creature which would one day be conjured by Bram’s imagination, intrigued me.”

Two runners up, Jan Halstead of Milton Keynes and Stephen Edwards of Ramsbottom, also received double Friends membership to the HHA.

Jan Halstead says: “I’ve always visited historic houses … it’s all about walking in your jeans and trainers where others have wafted in silk and velvet. It’s a privilege. I love it.”

Stephen Edwards says: “I was inspired by the HHA property Bramall Hall, and by my love of classic Victorian/Edwardian mysteries. With my story I aimed to bring them together to create what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would have called ‘a real creeper’.”

Nick Way, Director General of Historic Houses Association, says “The Historic Houses Association is delighted to have partnered with Corazon Books in this competition. Many of our Members’ properties have inspired great works of literature for centuries and continue to stir visitors’ imaginations today. 13 million people a year visit HHA Member properties to escape the routine of their lives, and these imaginative short stories will transport the reader with tales of their secrets, history and mystery.”

Come into the House is published by Corazon Books on July 12th, 2015 and is available as a paperback and ebook exclusively from Amazon.HHAAbout The Historic Houses Association
The Historic Houses Association (HHA) is a not-for-profit organisation that represents over 1,600 of the UK’s privately and charitably owned historic houses, castles and gardens. Around 500 of these open their doors to visitors for days out, special tours, school visits, film locations, weddings and events, or as memorable places to stay.

Levens Hall
About Levens Hall
Award-winning Levens Hall has been in continual family ownership for over seven hundred years. The world-famous topiary gardens were designed by Guillaume Beaumont, gardener to King James II and Colonel James Grahme. They were planted in the late seventeenth century and retain much of their original design. Open Sunday to Thursday 5 April to 8 October 2015.  Gardens, Tea Room, Gift Shop and Plant Centre 10am to 5pm. House 12pm to 4.30pm (last admission 4pm). Closed Fridays and Saturdays Gardens only: Adults £9, Children (5-16) £3, Family (2+3) £21 House and Gardens: Adults £12.50, Children (5-16) £5, Family (2+3) £30.

Corazon Books is a publisher of bestselling fiction, established by NSSW Director Ian Skillicorn in 2012.

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