19 February 2010

Short stories 46-50

“The Devil in the Flesh” by Ronald Seth. From 50 Great Horror Stories. An attempt to turn the true story of the judicial murder of 4 old women into chilling entertainment. Would have been okay if the story had been made up, as it is well written, but as it is based on true events and uses the real names of women who fell victim to witch hunts it is, in my opinion, tasteless to say the least.

“Dúfnaveislan” (The Pigeon Feast) by Halldór Laxness. From Sjöstafakverið. Surrealistic and funny. This is a library book that I will need to return soon, so I will be reading all the stories from it within a short time.

“Death wears a Mask” by Steven Saylor. From The Mammoth Book of Historical Detectives. An interesting early Gordianus the Finder story.

The Bo’sun’s Body, by Michael and Mollie Hardwick. From 50 Great Horror Stories. An entertaining retelling of a folk tale.

“Í Draumi sérhvers manns”, by Þórarinn Eldjárn. From Ó fyrir framan.

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