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Tag: Virginia Woolf

“The Shell of Sense” by Olivia Howard Dunbar

by kattomic

“The Shell of Sense” by Olivia Howard Dunbar

Perhaps now best known for “The Long Chamber” and “The Dream Baby,” supernaturalist works with feminist elements, Dunbar was an important influence on and contributor to the tradition of the psychological ghost story in the opening decades of the twentieth century. (Source: The Literary Gothic)

I’d never heard of Olivia Howard Dunbar until today, but when I ran across this blurb about her short stories, I knew I had to sample her work. This story reminded me a lot of Virginia Woolf’s “A Haunted House.” The title phrase is hauntingly evocative and a fitting title for a ghost story. You can read it here.

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“A Haunted House” by Virginia Woolf

by kattomic

“A Haunted House” by Virginia Woolf


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There are those who do not admire flash fiction, or consider it an unworthy offshoot of the short story. To them I submit Woolf’s 710-word ghost story, a lyrical piece in which she plays with language and rhythm and point of view. It is a love story filled with both joy and sorrow.  It’s sobering to know that while Woolf had her full measure of sorrow, there was precious little joy in her life. This is a lovely story. It can be found here.

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