By Hugh Lamb
Chosen from the works of yank, British, and French writers, 21 infrequent and seldom-anthologized tales contain "A Bottomless Grave" through Ambrose Bierce, "The send that observed a Ghost" by way of Frank Norris, man de Maupassant's "The Tomb," Richard Marsh's "The Haunted Chair," and different hard-to-find gem stones of the style.
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It was foggy outside. Sea mist rolled across the street like driven smoke. Mr Ketchum pulled on his hat and shuddered. The damp air seemed to filter through his flesh and dew itself around his bones. Nasty day, he thought. He moved down the steps, eyes searching for his Ford. The old policeman opened the back door of the police car and Shipley gestured towards the inside. ' Mr Ketchum asked. 'We'll come back here after you see the judge,' said Shipley. 'Oh. I…' Mr Ketchum hesitated. Then he bent over and squeezed into the car, dropping down on the back seat.
This is ridiculous,' he said aloud. They had no right to do this. Was this the Middle Ages? His thick lips pressed into a jaded mouth line as he followed the police car along Main Street. Two blocks up, the police car turned. Mr Ketchum saw his headlights splash across a glass store front. Hand's Groceries read the weather-worn letters. There were no lamps on the street. It was like driving along an inky passage. Ahead were only the three red eyes of the police car's rear lights and spotlight; behind only impenetrable blackness.
3 – THE SPLENDID SOURCE '… Then spare me your slanders, and read this rather at night than in the daytime, and give it not to young maidens, if there be any … But I fear nothing for this book, since it is extracted from a high and splendid source, from which all that has issued has had a great success–Balzac: Contes Drolatiques, Prologue It was the one Uncle Lyman told in the summer house that did it. " ' Guffaws exploded in the little house. Talbert stood motionless, looking through the rose trellis at the laughing guests.