Esswood House. Home and estate of the Seneschal family, aristocratic patrons of the literary arts for well over a hundred years. D. H. Lawrence, T. S. Eliot, Ford Madox Ford, and Henry James were privileged to call themselves guests and Esswood Fellows. Even minor poets such as Isobel Standish found Esswood’s refined atmosphere an inspiration for her work. There was always talk of a hidden secret in Esswood’s past - and the Seneschal children were often so pale and sickly - but don’t all English manor houses have a few ghost stories to call their own?
When Professor William Standish receives the rare honor of an Esswood Fellowship, and the chance to study Isobel’s private manuscripts at close hand, he is thrilled beyond his wildest ambitions. But upon arriving, something seems slightly strange at Esswood House. He hears faint laughter in the halls, the pitter-pattering of small feet in the night; strange faces appear in the windows of the library, and of course, there are those giant dollhouses in the basement....
Never before published as a separate volume, Mrs. God is a very different kind of ghost story from one of America’s most celebrated authors.
©2012 Peter Straub (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Peter Straub is a national treasure.” (Lawrence Block)
This story is 1 of a number of stories in HOUSES WITH DOORS. If you are going to spend 1 credit, you may as well get more for your money.
Peter Straub is a fine writer of thrillers and horror fiction. He is humorous and brave. I will gladly travel down any road he cares to leave bread crumbs down.
I think the young Straub has bitten off a lot to chew here. He has not left all of his ends neatly lied off. However, there is at it's core a gem of a good little tale that is original and one of the roots of better stories to come.
Do not make this your first Peter Straub. This is a deep cuts selection for certain.
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