By Lisa Tuttle
The creation starts, "I’m enthusiastic about ghosts, and entertain all kinds of theories approximately what they are surely. That hauntings are brought on by the uneasy lifeless, via spirits not able to discover leisure, turns out to me the least most probably rationalization. . . ." Veteran myth and horror writer Lisa Tuttle has assembled 13 of her ingenious inquiries into the character of ghosts and the folks they stopover at, overlaying territory from gothic romance to the simply undeniable creepy. Incisive, relocating, and unsettling, GHOSTS AND different fanatics may still attract either lovers of the vintage ghost tale and people looking daring new mental fable.
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Cover art by and copyright © 2001 Cory and Catska Ench. eBook conversion by Lara Ballinger and Robert Kruger. com. com. com, Inc. A CKNOWLEDGMENTS “In Jealousy”: First published inObsession , ed. Sarah LeFanu and Stephen Hayward, Serpent’s Tail 1995. “Mr. Elphinstone’s Hands”: First published inSkin of the Soul , ed. Lisa Tuttle, The Women’s Press 1990. “From Another Country”: First published inNight Visions 3 , ed. R. Martin, Dark Harvest 1986. “The Walled Garden”: First published inHidden Turnings , ed.
A hand went to her head as she remembered. Tentative at first, then, frowning with surprise, she combed her fingers through clean hair: not clotted, not matted, not sticky, not stiff. Clean. She got up to find the hand-mirror, to let her eyes confirm what her fingers told her. She picked her dress off the chair where she had hung it the previous night and examined the skirt. But although she remembered how often she had wiped her wet, sticky hands there, now she could neither see nor feel any trace of foreign matter.
Staying there made me feel very grand and yet uneasy, as if I’d strayed into someone else’s life. When the others had departed for the theater, David came down the hall to the room I shared with Miss Edith Finch—it was all shared rooms; his roommate was another pensioner—flourishing a bottle of Vodka. We giggled like naughty children as we mixed the Vodka with some of Edith’s orange and toasted each other. This may sound horribly naïve, but at that point I still hadn’t realized why we’d stayed behind together, why we were there in my room.