Morgan Library Ghost Stories

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Old Macgregor: A Tale of Hallowe'en

Rhoda Mansbach

IT WAS Hallowe'en. In appropriate costume and mask, the staff of the Pontpierre Library had performed the rites established by the Founder himself in honor of the day. In that study from which he had gone out to conquer fresh worlds and acquire yet another sculptured Madonna, another jewel-encrusted missal, they had bobbed for apples, played charades, and recited party pieces under his stern, painted gaze. The director had read from Mr. Montague James Ghost Stories, the assistant director had recited "Tam O'Shanter" (this in memory of the Founder whose party piece it had been), the curator of music manuscripts had given a rousing rendition of "The Erl King." But now, at last, the claret, the brioche sandwiches, the neat stacks of petit-fours had all been cleared away. Now the sputtering candles shed but a faint glow on

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • List of Illustrations 6
  • Introduction 7
  • Morgan Library Ghost Stories 17
  • Old Macgregor: A Tale of Hallowe'En 19
  • Lily Hodge 33
  • Lex Talionis 40
  • Author's Note 57
  • The Ballad of the Belle 58
  • The Clergyman's Bargain 65
  • Non Furtum Facies Richard Priest 80
  • Bibliographical Note 86
  • Slide Lecture Liran Ludeley 87
  • Notes on the Contributors 105
  • Colophon 107
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