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The Children's Book of Christmas Stories

by Anonymous

Short stories by Dickens, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Hans Christian Andersen and others. Lovely, as substantial as a snow flake, and full of morales to guide good little boys and girls. You'll have visions of sugarplums dancing in your head.

Reviewed on 2012.11.18

The Wind in the Rose-Bush

by Mary Wilkins Freeman

Mrs. Freeman's stories are all the more scary because the horrors are objects of everyday life. The mirror that reflects the wrong face. The clothes that try to kill the wearer. She lets the suspense creep up on you slowly but effectively. Lots of fun.

Reviewed on 2012.10.07

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Banish the Hollywood plot lines from your mind before you read this. There's no love interest, and the story is even darker than the films.

Reviewed on 2012.08.31

The Mayor's Wife

by Anna Katharine Green

If you rent a house everyone says is haunted, don't be surprised if your wife starts seeing 'things.' A passable 'ghost' story goes off the rails in an entirely new direction three-fourths of the way through the book. Annoying rather than entertaining. Maybe Miss Green was bored, too.

Reviewed on 2012.08.04

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