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

“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 bedchamber for you upstairs on the north wing...”

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 bachelor who’s 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.

Dive in and discover how a mysterious apparition drives Mr. Morgan to take an urgent chance to change the course of his life.

Illustrations by John Stern.