In the latest issue:

In Quarantine

Erin Maglaque

Après Brexit

Ferdinand Mount

Short Cuts: Springtime for Donald

David Bromwich

Meetings with their Gods

Claire Hall

‘Generation Left’

William Davies

At the North Miami Museum: Alice Paalen Rahon

Mary Ann Caws

Buchan’s Banter

Christopher Tayler

‘American Dirt’

Christian Lorentzen

Fiction and the Age of Lies

Colin Burrow

In Lahore

Tariq Ali


James Lasdun

Rereading Bowen

Tessa Hadley

At the Corner House

Rosemary Hill

William Gibson

Thomas Jones

Poem: ‘Murph & Me’

August Kleinzahler

The Stud File

Kevin Brazil

John Boorman’s Quiet Ending

David Thomson

In Shanghai: The West Bund Museum

John-Paul Stonard

Diary: The Deborah Orr I Knew

Jenny Turner

The Word from Wuhan

Wang Xiuying

‘Family in Terror of an Evil Spirit’Gavin Ewart
Vol. 9 No. 22 · 10 December 1987

‘Family in Terror of an Evil Spirit’

Gavin Ewart

130 words

Evening News, Edited, Printed and Published in Scotland’s Capital City, Saturday, 15 August 1987

There’s a wee Evil Spirit abroad in a wee West Lothian family,
a wee Invisible Force has attacked, with a knife, a girl lodger –
slashed the wee girl with a knife, causing terror and turmoil in Dedridge!
Along with her three wee sons, Mrs Avril Perkins is frightened.
Her lodger, Lorraine Ronaldson, has wee multiple scars on her body;
gas taps turned off, graffiti, TV sets smashed, a disaster area, a wee one,
it certainly is! And a wee Poltergeist is suspected,
giving out horrible threats, throwing dogs! In a wee while, will it scarper?
Reverend Stewart Lamont says that it’s quite paranormal,
these wee phenomena last for a couple of years, then they vanish!

Send Letters To:

The Editor
London Review of Books,
28 Little Russell Street
London, WC1A 2HN

Please include name, address, and a telephone number.

Read anywhere with the London Review of Books app, available now from the App Store for Apple devices, Google Play for Android devices and Amazon for your Kindle Fire.

Read More

Sign up to our newsletter

For highlights from the latest issue, our archive and the blog, as well as news, events and exclusive promotions.

Newsletter Preferences