Well-Oiled Hinges

“The agent kicked aside some garbage with his shoe and, after a quick look around, stepped up to a solid oak door set into deep shadow beneath the porte-cochère. It seemed to Nora as if Pendergast merely caressed the lock; and then the door opened silently on well-oiled hinges.             They stepped quickly inside. Pendergast […]

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Cold Spots

“There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart” – The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe It is a staple of horror stories and movies for the unwitting protagonist to feel an eerie chill that foreshadows a spooky threat to come. In ghost-hunting shows, investigators often have some […]

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AMONG THE CHIMNEY TOPS

“A cheyer byfore the chemné, ther charcoal brenned, was graythed for Sir Gawan”[1] Writers have long understood how palpable the image of the fireside is. Who doesn’t love the feeling of sitting down in front of a hot fire on a cold night after a long day? Arguably, the appeal of these specific circumstances is […]

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