Thursday, May 07, 2015

R Clayton Skate Illustrates a 1930s 'Ghost Story'

These rather fine woodcuts are by R. Clayton Skate from, once again, a late 1930s edition of the Courier magazine. They accompanied a short and anonymous 'ghost' story called The Red-Headed Woman in which the chap on the bank above is 'lured' back into the water after a swim by the eponymous and very nude lady and then she vanishes and he nearly drowns. Later, of course, the locals tell him that the woman died a long time before and they were unable to find her body to give her a Christian burial. A much used trope but rather better than average illustrations I thought.

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