A Bottomless Grave: and Other Victorian Tales of Terror by Hugh Lamb

By Hugh Lamb

Chosen from the works of yank, British, and French writers, 21 infrequent and seldom-anthologized tales comprise "A Bottomless Grave" by way of Ambrose Bierce, "The send that observed a Ghost" by way of Frank Norris, man de Maupassant's "The Tomb," Richard Marsh's "The Haunted Chair," and different hard-to-find gem stones of the style.

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I got out and hurried after him, thinking that this crazy shit was never going to end. I could hardly believe I had just heard Arnie Cunningham call Michael a bastard. Arnie was raising his fist to hammer on the door when it opened. There stood Roland D. LeBay himself. Today he was wearing a shirt over his back brace. He looked at Arnie's furious face with a benignly avaricious smile. 'Hello, son,' he said. ' Arnie raged. 'We had a deal! Dammit we had a deal! ' 'Simmer down,' LeBay said. He saw me, standing on the bottom step with my hands shoved down in my pockets.

There was a stubborn, hard expression on his face that I couldn't remember ever having seen there before. If he looked that way more often around school, I thought, the machine-shop kids wouldn't be so apt to push him around. 'Actually, you're wrong,' he said. 'I can buy it with no trouble at all. I couldn't finance it, but buying it for cash presents no problems. Of course, registering a car at seventeen is something else entirely. ' They were looking at him with surprise, uneasiness, and - I saw this last and felt a sinking sensation in my belly - rising anger.

But the cake I had eaten was sitting in the centre of my stomach in a large sticky glob and my skin felt too hot. The Cunninghams had been my second family since I was a little kid, and I could feel all the distressing physical symptoms of a family quarrel inside myself. 'You can learn a lot about cars when you're fixing up art old one,' I said. I suddenly sounded like a loony imitation of LeBay to myself. ) 'You could look at it as a . . a hobby . . ' 'I look upon it as madness,' Regina said.

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