I’m sorry for the absence of a quote to use for this review, I know it is out of the ordinary for me and while I do enjoy quotes and the consistency with which I use them, I have been so dreadfully busy with revision that it somehow escaped me to look out for one. Furthermore, Printer’s Devil Court is a very short story which is actually the reason I chose it for my next read considering my exams.
Printer’s Devil Court is a ghost story. The author, Susan Hill, is in fact well known for many pieces, including The Woman in Black. As a result of this, I had high hopes for this piece of writing because while I haven’t read any of her previous stories, I am aware of her ability as a writer, particularly for this type of genre.
While I often enjoy reading supernatural, paranormal and fantasy genres (and even more so watching, any Supernatural fans out there?), I rarely do read ghost stories. However, the title of this book is what drew me to it. I thought that the design was rather beautiful and intricate, and I loved the red, plus it was small, the ideal size for me to be able to write this review at this point in time. Of course, I didn’t buy the book solely based on the cover. The next thing I noted was the author’s name and the title. Fitting in with some of my favourite genres there was the world “Devil” which, I don’t know about you, but it sure grasps my attention. As mentioned before, I don’t usually read ghosts stories, but I read the blurb and for some reason, I just felt inclined to read it.
Moving on to the actual book, I didn’t know quite what to expect at the start and I thought that since it’s only about a hundred pages, I’ll just push through it. While this is a ghost story, it wasn’t as spooky or eerie as I had hoped nor as I had expected and I do kind of wish that there was a bit more to it. Personally, I think it was missing the horror, the scary element associated with ghosts and the like.
Overall, to an extent I liked the story, but it’s not something I would recommend to others. Then again, considering my unfamiliarity with ghost stories, except for the ghosts of Hogwarts in Harry Potter, I may not be the best of judge for a ghost story. If you’re feeling unsure, why not go for it? I mean, at roughly one hundred pages, what do you have to lose? Books are subjective; I may not be too keen or the most reliable source, but you may enjoy it.