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review 2017-12-09 17:20
The Ghost Club: Newly Found Tales of Victorian Terror - William Meikle

The Ghost Club: an informal gathering of the literary icons of the Victorian Age. The price of admission...a dark tale told by each member.
William Meikle has not only offered up 14 lost tales by this illustrious group, he has done something that raises him to a "Victorian Voice" in his own right, and surely an honorary member welcome to his place with them. No author has the talent to give voice to the dearly departed quite like Mr.Meikle. The man has a full blown author seance in his head. He even gave me pause with authors I consider myself wholly familiar with.
THE GHOST CLUB more than earns it's place next to the classics on any horror purist's book shelf, William Meikle has earned a place with the authors of those classics.
A magnificent collection of dark delights.

Highest possible recommendation.

Many thanks to the fine folks at Crystal Lake Publishing for the chance to read and review the e-arc. You've all outdone yourselves.

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text 2017-12-09 16:34
Reading progress update: I've read 82 out of 203 pages.
The Ginza Ghost: and other stories - Ho-Ling Wong,Keikichi Ōsaka

"The Monster of the Lighthouse" - The Shiomaki Lighthouse has been having problems for a while now - instead of sending out light every 15 seconds, it has occasionally sent out light every 30 seconds, which has so far resulted in one sunken ship. Now something else has happened: one of the lighthouse keepers has been killed in a way that appears to point to the existence of a monster. A red, squishy, octopus-like monster somehow threw a 300+ lb rock from the sea into the lighthouse, crushing the keeper, and then invaded the lighthouse.


This story definitely captured my attention, but the explanation of what actually happened pissed me off. This is the second story

in a row in which a woman has gone murderously crazy.

(spoiler show)

At least in the previous story, all the details held together pretty well. This one, on the other hand, was just a mess.


Next up, "The Phantom Wife."

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text 2017-12-08 18:52
Reading progress update: I've read 66 out of 203 pages.
The Ginza Ghost: and other stories - Ho-Ling Wong,Keikichi Ōsaka

I have a three-day weekend, so I went to an eye doctor appointment (it went well! now if only the dentist stuff would resolve itself...), took care of some chores, and am about to go to a big craft sale. First, though, I sat down and finished Osaka's "The Mourning Locomotive."




Not only does this story have several gruesomely described animal and human deaths-by-train, the conclusion was horrifying. And also tragic, but mostly horrifying. I don't know how I feel about it as a mystery, but it's certainly going to stick with me.


Next up, "The Monster of the Lighthouse."

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review 2017-12-03 16:41
Bookish advent calender: December 1th - December 3th
Classic Ghost Stories: Spooky Tales to Read at Christmas - Various
The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories - Arthur Conan Doyle,Tara Moore,Walter Scott

December 1th: The Open Door by Margaret Oliphant (from Classic Ghost Stories)


A story about a father, whose son falls sick after he has encountered something strange in the ruins on their home property, and his subsequent search for the truth behind the encounter.

This short story was an ok one. The parts I enjoyed the most were the nightly trips to the ruins, the juniper bush with a life of its own and the sceptical doctor, who doesn´t believe in superstitious mumbo jumbo. A good and decent story. This will definitely not be my last read by Mrs. Oliphant. 3 Stars.


December 2th: They by Rudyard Kipling (from Classic Ghost Stories)


This short story has some beautiful writing, even though the prose is too flowery for my taste (do you really need 2,5 pages to tell the reader, that the narrator got lost in the country side? I don´t think so). And I didn´t like the story. 1) There is no suspense at all, because it is clear from the get go what is up with those children and 2) I need someone who explains the ending to me. I didn´t get the ending at all. 1,5 Stars. 


December 3th: The Captain of the "Pole-Star" by Arthur Conan Doyle (from The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories and Classic Ghost Stories)


I really enjoyed this story and I loved the setting(a whaling ship stuck in the polar region). It´s one of my favorite settings and it works wonderfully in this story. The captain is an intriguing character I would have liked to know more about and Conan Doyle is setting him up in a very mystical way. The fact that the story is told from the point of view of the ships doctor adds to the mystery, since he takes a rational approach to everything that is happening on the ship. A great example of Conan Doyles weird fiction. 4 Stars.    

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text 2017-11-28 14:47
It's a miracle!
The Ginza Ghost: and other stories - Ho-Ling Wong,Keikichi Ōsaka

So I put in a renewal request for this early yesterday but got an error message telling me that I'd missed the renewal window. I was going to turn it in but forgot about it until after I got home. Oops.


I checked my email this morning to discover that a miracle had occurred. That renewal request that I thought had failed actually did go through. I now have an additional month to read this. I better get cracking!

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