The rain is pouring down today in proper Gothic fashion making today the perfect sort of day to stay in and read ghost stories. (I can totally just not pick up the kids from their schools, right?)
This week, I continued my Miss Silver marathon, with the rather disappointing The Vanishing Point, but made up for it with a brand new T. Kingfisher, The Hollow Places. I would read a phonebook if T. Kingfisher wrote it. (And if people still, you know, used phone books.) In this one, fresh from a divorce, the heroine goes to babysit her uncle’s small town museum of curios and curiosities and discovers that a portal to a dystopian and deadly universe has mysteriously opened in the wall behind some vintage taxidermy. And the fun goes on from there.
What I love about T. Kingfisher’s heroines is that they’re so eminently sensible. If they wind up fighting the powers of evil, it’s because they’re cornered into it and left with no other choice. None of that, ooh! Let’s go take this flickering flashlight and go down the spooky old stair for fun! stuff.
Right now, in keeping with the weather, I’m reading one of my favorite Simone St. James ghost stories, Silence for the Dead, in which a desperate woman takes a job at a secluded mental hospital just after World War I– but finds that it’s not the living who are the real threat.
What have you been reading this week?