Today is my first day to report on my ghost stories reading project. I’m tackling the Everyman’s Pocket Classics Ghost Stories volume, aiming to read one or two stories a week.
My first ghost story was a rather tame one, even by my “I scare easily” standards. In “The Body-Snatcher” (first published 1884), an unnamed narrator explains a strange encounter between his friend, Fettes, and a visitor to the inn, Doctor MacFarlane, and then subsequently tells the story of the two doctors, and just why they look at each other as if they see a ghost.
Although the story was entertaining, it was, as I said, a rather tame one. The questionable ethical role of the two men, who are grave robbers seeking bodies for the medical school to dissect, gave the reader an interesting quandary to ponder, and the payback at the end helped provide satisfaction for the story as a whole. Nonetheless, there was nothing impressive about Robert Louis Stevenson’s writing.
I’m looking forward to Maupassant’s “The Horla” for next week. I’ve read it in the past and enjoyed it.