Spooky Tales from Around the Blog-o-sphere
In December, the nights are long and, despite the bright lights of the holidays, thoughts turn to things that go bump in the night. When I was in need of a good tale for a winter evening, my fellow bloggers totally had me covered.
- Nina at Multo (Ghost) has a whole wonderful page of winter tales and has been adding new stories every week. I particularly enjoyed “The Crown Derby Plate” by Marjorie Bowen.
- Deal Me In chief, Jay at Bibliophilopolis, drew “The Eyes” by Edith Wharton for week 49. It’s an unsettling tale of a man with a guilty conscience.
- Speaking of ghosts and guilt, Tim Prasil recently launched his website for the Vera van Slyke mysteries. Check out a Complimentary Haunting!
- Paula Cappa has also been adding to my list with her Tuesday Tales of Terror. “The Ghost of Dr. Harris” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is maybe more poignant then horrific, but still a great story for the season.
On my own, I finally got around to reading Oscar Wilde’s classic, The Canterville Ghost. I really enjoyed the “meta” aspect of the ghost planning his routines in response to the pragmatic Americans.
…finally, to throw off the winding-sheet, and crawl round the room, with white, bleached bones and one rolling eyeball, in the character of ‘Dumb Daniel, or the Suicide’s Skeleton,’ a role in which he had on more than one occasion produced a great effect, and which he considered quite equal to his famous part of ‘Martin the Maniac, or the Masked Mystery.’
While mostly comedic, the story has some tension too. Can you really trust a ghost?
What Am I Reading?
This week I’m continuing E. O. Higgins’ Conversations with Spirits and I decided on a whim to pull The Two Sams by Glen Hirshberg off the shelf for a reread.