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The Room in the Tower

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Author: E.F. Benson
Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,292 / 14 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 88.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,605
Added to site: 2010.07.02 28360

and appalling mirth; the hands, clasped together on the knee, seemed shaking with suppressed and nameless glee. Then I saw also that it was signed in the left-hand bottom corner, and wondering who the artist could be, I looked more closely, and read the inscription, "Julia Stone by Julia Stone."

There came a tap at the door, and John Clinton entered.

"Got everything you want?" he asked.

"Rather more than I want," said I, pointing to the picture.

He laughed.

"Hard-featured old lady," he said. "By herself, too, I remember. Anyhow she can't have flattered herself much."

"But don't you see?" said I. "It's scarcely a human face at all. It's the face of some witch, of some devil."

He looked at it more closely.

"Yes; it isn't very pleasant," he said. "Scarcely a bedside manner, eh? Yes; I can imagine getting the nightmare if I went to sleep with that close by my bed. I'll have it taken down if you like."

"I really wish you would," I said. He rang the bel

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****

An incredible short horror story. Very exciting to read. The scenes are set beautifully and a great ending!

Leah A. Zeldes

It's a good thing E.F. Benson turned his hand to comedies of manners because ghost stories are clearly not his forte.



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