In honour of Halloween, our seventh episode is a ghost story by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Braddon is remembered chiefly for her sensation novel, Lady Audley's Secret, a true classic of the genre, but left behind a considerable body of other work which is equally worthy of attention, as this story demonstrates. It's called The Higher Life and was originally published in 1907 in an anthology called Tales for the Homes. In it, we look back on the life of an old man as he approaches death and join his spirit as it crosses over to the other side. The writing is atmospheric and thought-provoking, and the characterisation is excellent. This is one of Braddon's least known stories, but it is highly enjoyable, so it seemed ideal for our podcast. Narration is by C.J. Carter-Stephenson and music is by Kevin MacLeod as per usual. Now without further ado, turn down the lights and prepare to be scared as we journey back to London of yesteryear... and remember if you enjoy what you hear, please do subscribe.