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Hauntings by Henry Mazzeo
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it was amazing
bookshelves: creepy-fun, favorites, owned, short-story

I made "doing a review" my excuse for re-reading this delectable little book, though truly I need no excuse save the book itself. My sister and I had one old copy that we traded between us for thirty-plus years, each panicking if we thought the other had lost it. Now we each have a copy. My favorite story is "Where Angels Fear" by Manly Wade Wellman. A nice young couple heads out by the light of the moon to explore a haunted house around midnight, in hopes of seeing if old legends are true. Ah... nice, shivery fun. Next on my list is "The Haunted Dolls' House" by M.R. James. The original manuscript was written in the author's own hand in a miniature book for Queen Mary's doll-house library. Tsk, tsk! For shame, scaring little girls like that. Then I'd have to choose "In the Vault," (H.P. Lovecraft), in which a quite unimaginative undertaker has his mind awakened to certain higher sensibilities. Creepy! "Thus I Refute Beelzy" (John Collier) is one of several stories of interesting little children. You daddies might want to rethink that corporal-punishment thing. "The Face" (E.F. Benson) is personally haunting to me. I keep wanting to shout, "No, wait! Go back, go back." But she doesn't listen. Sigh. "The Red Lodge," "The Open Door," "The Ghostly Rental"--still more goodies. Standard equipment required: a nice warm throw and a cup of hot chocolate. If I could read it by candlelight, I would do so. Highly recommended to lovers of quaint and old-fashioned gothic horror. I think I'll read it again, now...

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Reading Progress

December 26, 2011 – Shelved
December 28, 2011 – Shelved as: creepy-fun
December 30, 2011 – Shelved as: favorites
Started Reading
January 13, 2012 – Finished Reading
January 26, 2012 – Shelved as: owned
February 14, 2012 – Shelved as: short-story

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