The Shadow in the Corner by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

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Title: The Shadow in the Corner
Author: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
In: The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women (Marie O’Regan)
Rating Out of 5: 3.5 (Liked this)
My Bookshelves: Ghosts, Horror
Dates read: 1st November 2020
Pace: Medium
Format: Short story
Publisher: Robinson
Year: 1879
5th sentence, 74th page: “I hope she’s respectable,” said Michael.

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It’s an old house with a horrible, haunting past. Maybe you shouldn’t ignore the horrors of the past in the present.


This short story is a reminder that you really shouldn’t mess with ghosts and hauntings. That you shouldn’t ignore people when they tell you that they’re scared. The price of ignoring the horribleness of this house at the end of this tale? A really bad tragedy that kind of broke my heart.

It felt like this story was the beginning of a really horrible repetition. That this story was going to repeat again and again, no matter what people did. Unless people start to believe in the haunting.

This story was really eerie and melancholy, leaving me looking at the shadows in the corners and letting my imagination run wild. Something that I know I shouldn’t do… but I did anyway.

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