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In the House of the Dead: A Ghost Club Short Story

(Crystal Lake Shorts #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  11 reviews

In Victorian London, a select group of writers, led by Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker and Henry James held an informal Ghost Club, the price of entry to which was the telling of a story by each invited guest.

This is one of the tales.

Lost people are drawn to places where what ails them can be eased. If you have the will, the fortitude, you can peer into another life, where

Kindle Edition, 29 pages
Published February 23rd 2018 by Crystal Lake Publishing

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Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a 3.5 star read.

An eerie tale written in the style of Bram Stoker, taking place in Victorian times, and concerning a man who is devastated by the loss of his wife and unborn child.
Written as a series of letters and journal entries between the widower and his best friend, we are shown how he is reintroduced to the ghost of his wife through spirituality and a mysterious woman and her home.
A Victorian horror story that achieves it's chills through a slow building dread rather than anythin
Rebecca Gransden
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sampler short story from Meikle’s The Ghost Club: Newly Found Tales of Victorian Terror, the conceit of which being that a group of authors celebrated for their ghost stories once attended a secret gathering where they proceeded to share and refine their material. Along the way stories familiar to the group but to no one else were put away and forgotten. Meikle takes on the task of resurrecting the authors in spirit, channeling the voices of the most eminent champions of the genre.

In the House
H.E. Bulstrode
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ghost-stories
Bram Stoker’s Ventriloquist
Such could be the honorific title that deserves to be bestowed upon William Meikle in the penning of this short, restrained, and engaging story, in which the author takes upon Stoker’s persona in its writing. The conceit of this tale, and others in the collection from which it is taken, is that it is but a rediscovered piece by one of the leading lights of the late-Victorian literary firmament, all of whom gather to tell each other tales of the uncanny, and the superna
Robin Morgan
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-own-books
In this short story the author, William Meike, channels famed author Bram Stoker as he tells his new tale at the gathering of an author’s club in London during the 19th century. And by channeling this author, Mr. Meike, attempts to capture all aspect Stoker’s writing style, from the structure/voice of story’s narrative to that of the characters, and seems to handle the mimicry quite well.

Mr. Meike uses this free Amazon download to serve as an example of his writing skills by channeling 14 famous
Yolanda Sfetsos
This is one of four free short stories I picked up a few weeks ago from Crystal Lake Publishing.

A group of male authors get together and share creepy stories. This one is Stoker's, and tells the sad tale of a grieving husband's sadness as he exchanges letters with his close friend...

Part ghost story, part haunted house, this short story deals with how easily grief can lead a person down the path of no return.

While I mostly enjoyed it, and some of the creepy Victorian vibe definitely intrigued me
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short but chilling tale, allegedly by Bram Stoker (actually part of the 'ghost club' book by Meikle) - the mood is elegantly set for this troubling tale of pure Gothic tragedy; when mysterious messages that promise contact beyond the grave are sent to the narrator's widowed friend, the narrator struggles to save him. A dark little tale with the right amount of morbid Victorian moodiness throughout. Recommended.
James Klabunde
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A short story by Bram Stoker

A group of famous writers from the Nineteenth century belong to a Ghost Club where the cost to belong is to tell a ghost story which have been discovered in a old and worn book. The first story is about a grieving man who has recently lost his wife and unborn child and has found a place where he can communicate with her. I found this an excellent story that mirrors Bram Stoked style well.
Carrie Clevenger
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Splendid gothic tale

This was well done, maintaining a classic style of tension as the tale unraveled, strand by strand. I’ll not spoil it, and I’ll be much more likely to pick up this author’s full size offerings!
Angela Maher
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, short-stories
This story has been written with an attempt to emulate Bram Stoker. It doesn't do a bad job at it, and the story is certainly of the type you would expect from that era. A smooth and enjoyable read.
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I'm a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with more than twenty five novels published in the genre press and over 300 short story credits in thirteen countries.

My work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies and I have recent short story sales to NATURE Futures, Penumbra, Read Short Fiction and Buzzy Mag. When I'm not writing I play guitar, drink beer and dream of fortune and glor

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