Saturday, July 19, 2014

"An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House"

"An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House"
by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

On the advice of his doctors, an invalid takes his family and servants to a rented home by the sea-- but it turns out that the house already has a group of occupants.  (Helpful Hint: The other occupants are ghosts.)

My Reaction:
(This was a stop-gap "shared read".  I.e. no detailed notes.)

The story has a few creepy moments, but on the whole was rather dry and included so many going-nowhere details that my total impression was something like a shiver followed by mild interest... succeeded by a period of waiting for something to happen... concluded with a shrug. 

What creepy moments there were, were effective.  I just could have wished for more of them!