Overlook Press, c2008.
This is a tiny book, really a novella or perhaps a long short story! It's a delightful, old-fashioned British ghost story; very predictable but still full of mysterious menace and odd, apparently inexplicable occurrences. Oliver is our primary narrator, who is visiting one of his old university dons -- and is told a strange story, one featuring a painting bought at auction years before. It is a painting of a Venetian revel, but there are strange figures in it who seem to be gazing out at the room, appearing to plead for assistance or to glare out with malign intent. Before this tale can be concluded, a strange accident befalls the professor and Oliver inherits the picture as a wedding gift.
The final section of the story is told by Oliver's new wife, and her distance from the original tale-teller gives her words a shading of verisimilitude necessary for the conclusion. You may guess the conclusion early on -- as I said, this story does not set out to challenge the conventions of a ghost story. But it remains a good read, eerie rather than terrifying. Recommended for the Anglophile traditionalist! Take a look at the trailer for a good sense of the book's atmosphere: