Wild coastlines, rich folklore and a sense that it's a place unto itself, at once England and not, has made Cornwall the ideal setting for Gothic tales.
People everywhere have always had a sweet tooth for the unreal, enthralled by what should be taken as too good to be true. Why do people ignore the obvious and believe the bizarre?
Writers like Virginia Woolf, Arthur Conan Doyle and J.M. Barrie suffered personal loss during the First World War. Their grief and insight helped readers with their own post-war collective grief.
Arthur Conan Doyle may have stitched something into the detective books that nobody ever noticed.
BBC One's The Living and the Dead revels in the Victorians' obsession with the supernatural and the limits of science.
For too long the Scottish writer was seen as a populist pedlar of boy's own adventures. This didn't happen by accident.