This week’s Teaser Tuesday is from Ghost Stories of an Antiquary: Part 2 by M.R. James. James was writing stories of ghosts (and the occasional eldritch abomination) around the turn of the previous century, and has been cited as an influence by (among others) H.P. Lovecraft. He also, as previously alluded, figures prominently in one of the Merrily Watkins books, which is what prompted me to pick up his stories. The Kindle editions of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary are currently available for the quite reasonable price of $0.00.
This quote is from the short story “The Tractate Middoth”.
“I tell you again, I’m not mistaken. Though, for one reason or another I didn’t take in the lower part of his face, I did see the upper part; and it was perfectly dry, and the eyes were very deep-sunk; and over them, from the eyebrows to the cheek-bone, there were cobwebs — thick.”
I hate when that happens.
And of course, here’s this week’s teaser from The War of the Ravels:
Cynidece’s head reappeared.
“For this idea to work,” she said, “you have to come out from under the boat.”