I'm looking for the short story probably entitled "The Cinder Children" from a collection of horror fiction that may have contained some Richard Matheson stories or been a tribute to Matheson. I read a copy of the collection around 2002 and promptly lost the book as I moved out of state.

The story featured a guest in a house who is admonished to shut his room's fireplace flue before he goes to bed. The house is haunted by children who were burnt to death in the fireplace, and he fails to heed the warning and is damned to live in a sooty cinder hell.

Anyone else remember this one? Thanks in advance.


ISFDB turned up a possibility:

"Cinder Child" by Stuart Palmer, found in Gothic Ghosts, published 1997



This sounds a bit like Monkshood Manor by LP Hartley. It's about a man who has a morbid fear of fire and he roams around the house at night, checking all the fireplaces to make sure that they're all closed and the fires are all extinguished.

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