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review 2019-03-11 06:25
Alfred Hitchcock's Ghostly Gallery
Alfred Hitchcock's Ghostly Gallery: Eleven spooky stories for young people - Alfred Hitchcock

When I was a kid, there were a couple of Alfred Hitchcock anthologies on our shelves, but since Scooby Doo scared the crap out of me, I'd never really do more than take them off the shelve and stare at the covers.

 

Now I'm just about a hardened enough cynic to be able to finally read the stories and delight in them.  This one had a cover that looks vaguely Autumnal, which I needed for a challenge, and that was a good enough excuse. 

 

11 stories, most better than average.  The first one, Miss Emmeline Takes Off, was just purely delightful in that way it feels like authors today just never achieve.  I doubt it would have even scared little-kid me, and I further doubt it was written to be; I imagine my nieces giggling in delight over this one.

 

The Valley of the Beasts by Algernon Blackwood was, far and away, my favorite as an adult.  The writing was gorgeous and the plot, while incredibly simple, was a morality tale that never dates.  A lot of people today would read this and think "racist!!", as Blackwood's choice of character descriptions is revealing of the sensibilities of his time and age.  Those people would miss the forest for the trees;  I'd argue there's a definite satiric bent to his word choices, because it's the Native Canadian Indian that comes out of the story as hero, and the white Englishman who has a much deeper lesson about life and morality shoved (deservedly) down his throat.

 

The Haunted Trailer was the weakest of the collection for me; very meh.  As was The Truth About Pyecraft by H.G. Wells, though it has an ironic twist that's very Poe.  The Wonderful Day is another delight; the best of Karmic fantasy.  In a Dim Room won the kewpie doll for most unexpected ending.  It's short, abrupt and it works.  The Waxworks by A.M. Burrage is hands down the spookiest and would definitely have scared younger-me, as would The Upper Berth by F. Marion Crawford.

 

The final story is The Isle of Voices by Robert Louis Stevenson.  The plot didn't do that much for me, but the writing is wonderful.  Nothing scary about it either, for either now-me or then-me.  But it definitely made me curious about finally getting around to reading more of his work.

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text 2018-10-30 00:36
Phobia
I have a phobia, but I won't say what, because I am afraid someone will subconsciously post about it. I'm sure I'm safe in this space from anyone doing it on purpose, though!
 
Of course, the Internet is always listening and might post an ad related to it. Anyways, so I was laying down with my husband and we were chatting (we take forever saying saying goodnight) and out of nowhere my phone says really loudly,
 
"Okay, I will put that URL in."
 
That alone is a spooky thing to hear.
 
 
So I go to pick my phone up. It is unlocked (It should be locked) and the Wikipedia page for my phobia is pulled up, with a large picture of the thing that gives me anxiety/makes me sick/scares me. Needless to say, I tossed my phone at my husband, cried and told him to get rid of it. He did, but the next time I went on the Internet, it was still there! UGH! I was not having it and told him I meant for him to delete it, not just minimize the app.
 
It made me cry like a baby! I don't know how to explan why. That's a phobia for you.
 
 
My husband thought it was so funny that my phone just up and did something so weird and random. I told him I thought it was supernatural and a spirit was messing with me because there is no way that your phone will pull up a page, unlock your phone and the page be something that you can't stand/are afraid of. I mean what is the chance? He apologized; I guess it is a phobia he can't understand. He learned his lesson for laughing at me...;)
 
 
Truthfully, the lesson he learned is how serious a phobia can be. He felt so bad because he hadn't realized at first how upset the situation made me.
 
I was seriously spooked. I even asked the "spirit" to please not do that again.
 
 
 Do you think they will listen?
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text 2018-10-09 02:09
Reading progress update: I've read 102 out of 292 pages.
Ordinary Souls - J.S. Bailey

Just finished Vapers - I don't have much to say about this one other than it was confusing. I did like it and I enjoy the writing style. It was more science fiction than supernatural; maybe that is cause of my confusion, because I don't read much sci-fi.

 

16 stories, 3 finished.

 

The Mirror - 5/5

The Ghost of Memory - 3.5/5

Vapers - 3/5

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text 2018-10-08 03:04
Reading progress update: I've read 76 out of 292 pages.
Ordinary Souls - J.S. Bailey

I just finished The Ghost of Memory and I would probably give it a 3.5/5. I felt like it needed to be longer. I did like it, but everything happened so fast. I know it is a short story, but I can't help desiring more. I however really enjoy the writing style. There are a couple parts mentioning spiders, so arachniphobia warning.

 

16 stories, 2 finished.

 

The Mirror - 5/5

The Ghost of Memory - 3.5/5

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text 2018-10-04 13:00
~The Babysitter~

"Girls, I am not sure it is a great idea to read this book to you while I'm babysitting!"

 

 

 

"Who brought the random head?"

 

 

"I guess we can read this, but you sure you don't want to pick another book?"

 

"What are you whispering about, Belle? Pay attention! You guys asked for this, after all."

 

"Hope, Alice... this is too scary for you, right? Fine...fine, I'll read it!"

 

 

The dolls are:

 

Aimerai: Belle (1/6 Scale) - Name: Alice


Doll Love: Fuyumi (1/6 Scale) - Name: Annabelle



IslandDoll: Aurora (1/3 Scale) - Name: Lucy



Gem of Doll: Yummy 1 (1/12 Scale) - Name: Hope

 

Doll Family H: Xiao Xin (1/3 Scale) - Name: Cole [Needs Body]

(spoiler show)

 

 

 

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