Fitz-James O’Brien: What was it?

May 26, 2009

I read this story for the first time this morning.

I am yet to google the author’s name.

This a ghost story but with a difference. Quite readable.

The narrator comes to know of a house that is said to be haunted. The landlady of the boarding house, of which he is a member, decides to move to this very place so that she can be nearer the centre of the town. The intrepid among the lodgers agree to go with her. There, in the eerie house,  the narrator one night encounters – what was it?



“I do not, even at this hour, realize the situation in which I found myself. I cannot recall the astounding incident thoroughly. Imagination in vain tries to compass the awful paradox.”

PS: When reading it online, please click on the numbers at the bottom of any page to move from page to page – don’t click on the big arrows at either side of the page.