By Michael Sims
Ghost tales date again centuries, yet these written within the Victorian period have a different surroundings and darkish attractiveness. Michael Sims, whose prior Victorian collections Dracula's Guest (vampires) and The lifeless Witness (detectives) were largely praised, has accumulated twelve of the simplest tales approximately humanity's oldest supernatural obsession. The Phantom trainer includes stories through a stunning, frequently mythical solid, from Charles Dickens and Margaret Oliphant to Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, and Arthur Conan Doyle, in addition to good as misplaced gem stones by means of forgotten masters similar to Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and W.F. Harvey. Amelia Edwards' chilling tale offers the gathering its name, whereas Ambrose Bierce ("The Moonlit Road??), Elizabeth Gaskell, ("The previous Nurse's Story??) and W. W. Jacobs ("The Monkey's Paw??) will flip you white as a sheet. With a skillful advent to the style and notes on each one tale by way of Michael Sims, The Phantom Coach is a magnificent choice of ghostly Victorian thrills.
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But then, when it really hit me, I slapped my fist forward, hitting his fingers and knocking the lighter away. It winked out and clattered against the floor. I'd knocked over a glass and it rolled on the table top, the liquor and water dripping off the table's edge. There was no illumination behind Stone, only the reflection from those spotlights focused on the dance floor, but there was enough of a glow so that I could see him start to move. He seemed slumped in the chair, but was still upright.
I'm going out to see him now. " Senator Carter spoke for the first time since I'd come in this evening. "Perhaps we should wait here until Mr. Scott can report on what he learns. " Beasley shrugged, but Sebastian Wise got to his feet. "You can call me at home if anything important comes up. " He looked Page 21 Wailing Frail, A Shell Scott Detective Mystery at me and grinned. " He went out. After a little more conversation I was ready to leave. Paula stopped by me a moment at the door. " I told her I'd be back in no time, and she gave me a smile that would last me at least an hour.
Fortunately there were no ladies resting and when I came out I saw the word "Manager" on a door across from me, but the room beyond it was empty. I went back to where Stone lay. The big guy was still standing alongside the body. Satin wasn't in sight. I went through the curtained archway and down a narrow passageway to a hall lined with closed doors. I saw one door with a silver star on it and knocked. " "Shell Scott. " Satin opened the door. She held a cloth in her hand and was removing the make-up from her face; but she hadn't changed the outfit she wore in her act.