The Kit Bag

The Kit Bag Review

"The Kit-Bag" is a short ghost story by the British author Algernon Blackwood. It was first published in the December 1908 issue of Pall Mall Magazine.

The action takes place in London shortly before Christmas. The story's protagonist is a young man named Johnson who works for an eminent lawyer named Arthur Wilbraham. Arthur Wilbrham has been defending a man named John Turk, who was accused of murdering a woman and cutting her body up into small pieces. Johnson is obliged to be in court for every day of the trial, which he finds highly unpleasant. When the trial is over, Johnson is glad that he will not have to see John Turk's face again and is looking forward to going away on a Christmas vacation to the Alps. He asks Arthur Wilbraham to lend him a kit-bag[1] to take with him on vacation. After the requested kit-bag arrives, Johnson passes a fright filled night

Title:The Kit Bag
Edition Language:English

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    The Kit Bag Reviews

  • Carol

    Must-read classic. Very British. Available here:

  • karen

    WELCOME TO DECEMBER PROJECT!boilerplate mission statement intro:for the past two years, i’ve set december’s project aside to do my own version of a short story advent calendar. it’s not a true a...

  • Bobby Underwood

    If you’re looking for something slightly murderous and macabre for the holidays that won’t take you long to read, The Kit Bag is delicious fun.Without giving too much away, it’s about preparatio...

  • Tom Mathews

    This is another marvelous story by Blackwood, an author with unparalleled skill at ratcheting up the tension. Who else can turn packing for a vacation into a tale of mind-numbing horror?I chose this s...

  • Suki St Charles

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  • Patrick

    This was a fun scary Christmas story. ...

  • Shawn Deal

    I have been trying to get into the spirit of Christmas, shall we say, and have been looking around for some Christmas stories. I came across a list called Ghosts of the Nog, five forgotten Christmas s...

  • Ginger

    This was put on my radar via the 31 Classic Horror Story Advent Calendar has a link for each of the stories.An excellent short ghost story! ...

  • Kristin

    Read as part of the Literary Advent Calendar for Halloween. Includes links to all of the stories....

  • Phil Jensen

    This is a very cool psychological horror story about a guilty conscience. Blackwood uses great spooky details like sounds and shadows to ask questions about the main character's perceptions. Is this r...