Chad Schimke

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

GHOST STORIES BY EDITH WHARTON

The Ghost Stories of Edith WhartonThe Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

GHOST STORIES BY EDITH WHARTON - The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton is a collection of short stories. Wharton begins each with an everyday scenario, followed by foreshadowing to imbue subtle horror. Don’t look for over the top knife wielding gore. Think along the lines of ghosts that influence psychology, mind and emotion. One of my personal favorites is The Lady's Maid's Bell. A new maid is employed by an invalid in a gloomy Hudson Valley mansion. As she gets to know the house staff, she is bothered by several odd circumstances. She is replacing the position of a former maid that was recently deceased. Several other attempted replacements didn’t stay in the gloomy mansion for longer than a few days. Further foreshadowing reveals an odd locked room and her employer’s insistence to refrain from ringing the maid’s bell.


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