Review of “The Smiling Ghost” (1941)

Another Saturday and another bad/fun movie. Image from IMDB Plot: Down on his luck and pinned inside his office by process servers, engineer Lucky Downing (Wayne Morris) places an ad in the paper that he’s willing to go anywhere and do anything legal. Most important to one reader, it notes he’s unmarried. Grandma Bentley (HelenContinue reading “Review of “The Smiling Ghost” (1941)”

Review of “A Matter of Fax” by Susan Rooke

Plot: The house is perfect with its acreage, gatehouse, and large conservancy. After all her years of recording and concert work, and all the travel, this is the place for her. Never mind the silly rumors about the place being haunted. Then the relatives she hadn’t seen for years descend on her. When polite hintsContinue reading “Review of “A Matter of Fax” by Susan Rooke”

Review of “How to Get to Heaven” by Trina Jacobs

Janet has died during what was supposed to be a routine appendectomy. Something went wrong. Now she sees a ghost in the corner telling her not to go into the light. “You wouldn’t like it there.” The ghost is a young man wearing a black leather jacket and blue jeans, bearing an uncanny resemblance toContinue reading “Review of “How to Get to Heaven” by Trina Jacobs”

Review of “Mourning Melanie” by Ronald Schulte

Gloria wakes to the sound of the teakettle whistling. She didn’t mean to fall asleep. She’s just tired from the funeral. Alone now, she can curl up under a blanket with a cup of tea and relax. She’s run out of her favorite tea. This is a homemade gift, one of many snacks, desserts, andContinue reading “Review of “Mourning Melanie” by Ronald Schulte”

Review of “John Granger” by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Susy Lorton has just turned down John Granger’s marriage proposal. She hopes they can remain friends. John’s heart is broken. His lease on the old farm of Friarsgate is up. He’d planned to renew it and make her mistress of the place—oh. There’s someone else, he realizes. She admits as much. Robert Ashley. Well, JohnContinue reading “Review of “John Granger” by Mary Elizabeth Braddon”

Review of “No. 252 Rue M. le Prince” by Ralph Adams Cram

Upon finding himself in Paris in May 1886, the narrator of this story wishes to impose himself on an old friend, Eugene Marie d’Ardeche. D’Ardeche deserted Boston after learning that an aunt had died and willed him property in Paris. This puzzled his old friend since he and he aunt were not on good terms.Continue reading “Review of “No. 252 Rue M. le Prince” by Ralph Adams Cram”

Review of “The Shell of Sense” by Olivia Howard Dunbar: Halloween Countdown

Frances has just passed away, but she can’t pass over—not quite yet. She returns home to find it “intolerably unchanged” at least at first. She notices the closed windows. She liked a cool house, but her sister, Theresa, liked warm rooms. She sees the disarray in her work basket. Why did so small a thingContinue reading “Review of “The Shell of Sense” by Olivia Howard Dunbar: Halloween Countdown”

Review of “Kerfol” by Edith Wharton: Halloween Countdown Day 3

A friend takes the unnamed narrator of this story to see a house he assures him will suit him perfectly. The owners, in some financial straits, are willing to sell for a song. The isolated house, known as Kerfol, is the most romantic house in Brittany and a perfect fit for a “solitary-minded devil” likeContinue reading “Review of “Kerfol” by Edith Wharton: Halloween Countdown Day 3″