“Welcome to the house on the lake, sir,” the kindly woman said.

Haunted House on the Lake

“Thank you, Mrs. —”

“Jameson. Please come in, sir, and take off your damp coat and shoes. I have made a fire, and I have prepared a sitting room and a bedchamber for you upstairs on the north wing. You should find both quite welcoming, sir.”

The House on the Lake, a serialized ghost story told in the classic style, is the tale of newspaper clerk Henry Morgan, a shy and bookish young bachelor who is captivated by the beauty of an abandoned mansion. It’s author Erin Harris’s homage to the great ghostly tales of genre masters such as Charles Dickens, Henry James, and Edith Wharton.

Illustrations by John Stern.