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Short stories 281-290

“The Silence of the Sea” by Vercors. A powerful story of shattered illusions during the German occupation of France during World War II. Recommended.

“The State of Grace” by Marcel Aymé. A funny satirical fantasy about the desire for conformity. Highly recommended.

“The Women” by Pierre Gascar. About life in a WWII work camp. Recommended.

“The Adulterous Woman” by Albert Camus. A strongly metaphorical tale about emotional estrangement and alienation. Recommended.

The Secret Room” by Alain Robe-Grillet. An atmospheric description of a grotesque situation. Recommended.

And that concludes The Penguin Book of French Short Stories

Since the gloominess of autumn/early winter is upon us and it is now dark outside when I wake up to go to work, I have been reading spooky stories I have found in the Web.

"The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall" by John Kendrick Bangs. Web. A humorous ghost story. Recommended.

"The Terror of Blue John Gap" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Web.A monster tale which is ruined somewhat by an attempt at scientific explanation.

"The Mass Of Shadows" by Anatole France. Web. Ghost story about a woman attends a spectral church service.

“The Tree”, by H.P. Lovecraft. A creepy paranormal story, one of his more subtle ones.

“The Mark of the Beast” by Rudyard Kipling. A story, rather sneering in tone, about the danger of disrespecting other people’s gods.


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