The Wind in the Rose-bush
The Shadows on the Wall
The Southwest Chamber
The Vacant Lot
The Lost Ghost
nt; "and she's always been great for the boys."
"She's going to school four years after I get her before she thinks of boys," declared Rebecca.
"We'll see," laughed the other woman.
After Rebecca went to bed, she lay awake a long time listening for the sound of girlish laughter and a boy's voice under her window; then she fell asleep.
The next morning she was down early. Mrs. Dent, who kept no servants, was busily preparing breakfast.
"Don't Agnes help you about breakfast?" asked Rebecca.
"No, I let her lay," replied Mrs. Dent shortly.
"What time did she get home last night?"
"She didn't get home."
"She didn't get home. She stayed with Addie. She often does."
"Without sending you word?"
"Oh, she knew I wouldn't worry."
"When will she be home?"
"Oh, I guess she'll be along pretty soon."
Rebecca was uneasy, but she tried to conceal it, for she knew of no good reason for uneasiness. What was there to
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.
Only recently came across her work and was pleasantly surprised to find these stories fairly gripping little tales. I can recommend the collection on the strength of “the shadows on the wall” alone. You’ll probably be disappointed if you take your horror hard. Freeman takes a gentle suspenseful approach to the supernatural tale, but these stories are well worth reading, especially if you're a traditionalist. They are (most of them) tightly written considering the time they were written in, and it’s the interaction between the characters that stands out more than anything. You can just imagine these “little horrors" having happened in real life to real people at some time or other.