Category Archives: Nightfeather

Looking ahead and behind, though not both at once

I’m snowed in today, and the class I’m teaching on “Pirates!” is cancelled for tonight, so it’s a good time to reflect. Where had this blog been? Where is it going? If you’re short on time, the most important news … Continue reading

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A brief introduction to Ms. Sanderson

Back in December, I wrote a Christmas ghost story, Nightfeather: Ghosts, about a curious young woman named Sanderson, who lived in a not-particularly-desirable community called Farnham, and her even more curious encounter with ghosts, some of whom were over a century … Continue reading

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Abigail Lane: a biography

As she has appeared in two stories on this blog, here is a brief biography of Abigail Lane, Practicing Magician, Office of Occult Affairs. Abigail Lane was born on November 18, 1851, the only daughter of an impoverished Connecticut cooper, … Continue reading

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The final chapter of Nightfeather: Ghosts

Nightfeather: Ghosts, my Christmastime ghost story about Persephone Désirée Arabia Nightfeather Sanderson and the ghosts she encountered in Farnham, is now at its end with a final chapter. There’s not much more to say, except that if you haven’t been reading it … Continue reading

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Chapter 21 of Nightfeather: Ghosts and the winter solstice

Today is the darkest day of the year, the winter solstice, when the sun is over the horizon in the Northern Hemisphere for the shortest amount of time in a day. It always perplexed me as a child that the … Continue reading

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Ghost conductor: chapter 20 of Nightfeather: Ghosts

Sanderson needs a plan to take the ghosts home, if she can figure out what home means for ghosts that have been dead for over a century. So she invents one. As you might expect, it’s not perfect! See what … Continue reading

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Chapter 19 of Nightfeather: Ghosts is up!

There’s a line in the film An American Werewolf in London, in which the ghost of the protagonist’s friend says to him something like, “You know what’s it’s like being dead? It’s boring!” Well, I suppose when you’re part of a race … Continue reading

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Chapter 18 of Nightfeather: Ghosts, and no more than six chapters left!

So, more ghosts. Rather than reeling from fatigue, Sanderson’s going to do it right this time . . . if she can figure out what that entails! Time for some thinking in chapter 18 of Nightfeather: Ghosts, “It’s a matter of … Continue reading

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The haunting of chapter 17 of Nightfeather: Ghosts

If you’re going to be facing a ghost, it would be helpful to be at the peak of your abilities. However, Sanderson has woken up in the middle of the night with a hangover, and is feeling as observant as … Continue reading

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Back to the present in chapter 16 of Nightfeather: Ghosts

Our story returns to the present, where Sanderson and Valerie Thompson have been hiking out of the hills back toward Farnham. Sanderson could use some rest, but she knows they need to tackle the soul-eater soon before others die. However, … Continue reading

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