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The Golgotha Dancers

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Published: 1937
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,719 / 20 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 953
Added to site: 2010.09.18 29035

A curious and terrifying story about an artist who sold his soul that he might paint a living picture.

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e her unafraid reply.

She was outlined against the rectangle of light from the hall. My assailants let go of me to dance toward her. She gasped but did not scream. I staggered along the wall, touched a light-switch, and the parlor just beyond us flared into visibility. Miss Dolby and I ran in to the lamp, rallying there as stone-age folk must have rallied at their fire to face the monsters of the night. I looked at her; she was still fully dressed, as I had left her, apparently had been sitting up. Her rouge made flat patches on her pale cheeks, but her eyes were level.

* * * * *

This time the dancers did not retreat or vanish; they lurked in the comparative gloom of the entry, jigging and trembling as if mustering their powers and resolutions for another rush at us.

"You see," I chattered out to her, "it wasn't a nightmare."

She spoke, not in reply, but as if to herself. "They have no faces," she whispered. "No faces!" In the half-light that was diffused upon them from our

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
Sardo Weems

This poor schmuck is given a painting whose demons won't stay in the painting. Good (if predictable) plotting, and nice characters, especially the resourceful neighbor nurse. The menace is real, rather than vaguely implied.

Superior pulp entertainment.



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