A Christmas Tale
by Mrs. Oliphant
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine
Volume 81, January 1857, page 74
The title of this short story is a misnomer: Christmas has nothing to do with the plot. This is well worth reading. Mrs. Oliphant does a masterful job in building suspense and a sense of terror.
The narrator finds himself stranded at a rural English train station after missing a connection. The local squire invites the narrator to his home for dinner, and the story develops from there. A compelling read.