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A Haunting Tale: A Short Ghost Story by Bill Stokes

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Do you believe in ghosts? No? How about you visit this house and then decide?

There is a "haunted" house up there that squats like a huge wooden toad behind a thick grove of pine trees on the end of a dead end road. Maybe once it was painted, but now it has a gray cadaver-like complexion, and its siding is sagged and splintered as if the Devil had been poking at it with his
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ebook, 8 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Paul Stokes (first published October 23rd 1973)
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David
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A tale of a man who spends a night in a decrepit house in the backwoods. He becomes increasingly aware of the little noises until something more sinister happens. This reminded me of the kind of spooky story that might be told around a campfire. The prose helped set the mood. What's more, I listened to the audio version narrated by Jeff Hays who really worked with the prose to help sell the tale. ...more
Brian's Book Blog
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An Old School Ghost Story

A quick hitting old-school ghost story. When I say old-school, I mean it. This is an old ghost story and you can tell. You don't need jump cuts and blood and gore to scare people. Just a well-written story about a house that may or may not be haunted.

What I'm amazed about is the wordsmithing that Stokes was able to give this story. Normally when a story is as short as this one it's one-dimensional and is missing a lot of sentences that make a story pop. This was quite t
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Elizabeth Robbins
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant! for such a short story, I FELT the unnamed man's fear as he listened to those footsteps! Stunning imagery is conjured by such lovely prose as "...the stars were as sharp as needle points...". I know those stars in the dead of winter when the haze of summer has gone. That's where I was transported when I read this tale. This would be a great story to read around the campfire on a dark night in the woods. Loved it! ...more
Christine Woinich
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very quick read. I love ghost stories and believe in ghosts. The description of the house, of the atmosphere were well done. I want to go find this house and check it out myself. A good scare is good for you. I enjoyed this and recommend it.

I received a copy of this story and had to share my feelings about it unsolicited.
Terri
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Susan
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Haunting Tale by Bill Stokes The house has stood empty for some time. It’s fallen into a disreputable state. Some say it’s haunted. The rational say that’s not possible, that it’s only silly ghost stories. Our main character takes the dare. Will his mind be changed about ghosts?
This story was deliciously spooky. It is told in both a quaint and lyrical manner, being a straight-forward ghost story peppered with plenty of appropriately creepy imagery. Our main character isn’t convinced this old,
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Susan
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The house has stood empty for some time. It’s fallen into a disreputable state. Some say it’s haunted. The rational say that’s not possible, that it’s only silly ghost stories. Our main character takes the dare. Will his mind be changed about ghosts?

This story was deliciously spooky. It is told in both a quaint and lyrical manner, being a straight-forward ghost story peppered with plenty of appropriately creepy imagery. Our main character isn’t convinced this old, rundown house is haunted. On a
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BookLoversLife
I don't read many short stories as they can feel too rushed, or not enough development in the story. Yet this one, being at only a mere 11 mins in length, doesn't come across like this. This tells the tale of a man who doesn't believe in Ghosts. He knows the story of the abandoned house but decides to prove everyone wrong and spends a night there. What happens to him? Well read it and see!!

I have to applaud the author of this because for such an extremely short story, it's extremely well written
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Todd Oliver
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy these short stories by Bill Stokes! This is a very well written ghost story! It's the kind of tale you could sit around a campfire and tell the kids. Excellent narration by Jeff Hays! ...more
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Born in Barron, Wisconsin, on September 11, 1931, Bill Stokes grew up on a small dairy farm between Barron and Rice Lake. He began his official writing career as an outdoor writer and general reporter for the Stevens Point Daily Journal, where he served as columnist, reporter and outdoor writer. In 1961 he moved to the Wisconsin State Journal, in Madison, where he wrote outdoor and personal column ...more

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