Charles Dickens is a fascinating writer on many levels, and is widely regarded as the first 'celebrity' author. As per the Victorian tradition, he wrote many ghost stories which were often published at Christmas - including, perhaps, his most loved tale: A Christmas Carol. In modern times, while his novels; A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, and more, are better known, it is interesting to look at some of the smaller fare in his prolific output. The Signalman is one such story, inspired by real-life tragic accidents on the UK railway system, and perhaps also by his own travels across the country. While the writing does not reach the heights of many of his better known pieces, it is nonetheless, interesting to see how Dickens approached a tale of this nature.