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The Spirit is Willing but the movie is dated

A romantic triangle in 1898 ends with all three lovers dead. And their ghosts go on to kill people and drive them insane. It’s a comedy, don’t you know? The Spirit is Willing claimed in its advertising to “face the biggest … Continue reading

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This year’s Christmas ghost story: When the ghost came in from the cold

You all know about Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Tiny Tim, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and all that. Whether he started it or not, Dickens supported the tradition of ghost stories at Christmas time for … Continue reading

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A Halloween horror story: Death and Professor Appleton

‘Tis the day of innocent trick-or-treaters, candy corn, bobbing for apples, ghosts, witches, and malevolent creatures that will treat your children as hors d’oeuvres before they come to eviscerate you. Yep, it’s Halloween, and time for a short story of … Continue reading

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Review: the supernatural stories of Gertrude Atherton

After reading an anthology of Victorian-Era ghost stories by women writers, I decided I would read through a volume of supernatural stories by one of the authors with whom I was less familiar. As it turns out, I’ll be reading three … Continue reading

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Review: Women ghost story writers of the Victorian Age

Ever since the Women’s Lib movement of the 1960s, editors have produced endless anthologies of stories written exclusively by women to prove that women can write as well as men, and to bring undeservedly obscure female authors to our attention. … Continue reading

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A Mary Wilkins-Freeman twofer

Ever hear of Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman (1852 – 1930)? It’s not one of those names that has come ringing down the ages. She was one of those female New England regional writers circa 1900,[i] at a time when the … Continue reading

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Review: Russell Kirk, Ancestral Shadows

There are devils that lead to your downfall, and there are devils that make you extend yourself. My reader Judy of Janthina Images is of the latter kind. Knowing that my personal politics are a bit left, she sent me … Continue reading

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