Monday, October 10, 2016

Mysterious Mondays: Olivia Howard Dunbar's "The Shell of Sense"

From AbeBooks.

This week's Halloween theme is ghost stories.  I chose a lesser known tale by Olivia Howard Dunbar, an American short story writer and early feminist best known for her ghost fiction. "The Shell of Sense" is interesting because it is told from the spectral perspective.  It is a gentle and not especially frightening tale about three people, two living and one supernatural, who are involved in an unusual romantic triangle, and focuses on how the spirit gradually comes to realize the true meaning of both life and the afterlife.  You can read this short story here, or listen to an audio version on YouTube:


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