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Robert Aickman wrote of Vincent O'Sullivan that: [his short story] "When I Was Dead" is a very rictus or spasm of guilt; sudden and shattering. Vincent O'Sullivan was a master of this dyeing and soaking in guilt. The curious should try to find a copy of his novel, The Good Girl. The quest is difficult, but the product distinctive. O'Sullivan, having lived a longish life as ...more
Paperback, 70 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Indoeuropeanpublishing.com (first published March 23rd 2010)
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Mariah Roze
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Of course all the books that I wanted to read for Halloween just came in. This was one of them. I found this story fascinating because it was a guy's soul looking down and watching what was going on at his funeral.
Jeff Hobbs
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When I Was Dead--2
The Bargain of Rupert Orange--3
The Business of Madame Jahn--2
The Interval--2
Rick West
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
This is a sad little story about a grieving woman for the husband she lost in the war.

This story begins with Mrs. Wilton who has been making the round of psychics trying to contact her deceased husband, Hugh. It is 1919 in England. She has been made a widow by war. A few of the psychics have told her about the past, but that is not what she is looking to find. She wants to stop her drifting from day to day.

Mrs. Wilton knows that most of the psychics are fakes. But the woman she consults on this
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Lindsey Sacco
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Review for When I Was Dead (because Goodreads is coming for me today and doesn't have it as an individual book like the others 😅) this one held my attention a lot better than the first one - it was entertaining but probably not something I'd listen to again.
Steven Middaugh
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Most of the stories were already in another collections that are yet to be read. The Interval was a strange one.
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Vincent O'Sullivan was an American short story writer, poet and critic. Born in New York City to Eugene and Christine O'Sullivan, he began his education in the New York public school system and completed it in Britain. He lived comfortably in London, traveling often to France, until in 1909 he lost his income from the family coffee business when his brother Percy made a spectacularly mistimed futu ...more

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