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kristen m.

I love light-hearted ghost stories or ones where the ghost appears and then everyone just says "was that a ghost? hmm ..." like it's no big deal.


I haven't read anything at all by Thurber, although I do know of his short story about Walter Mitty. This one at least doesn't seem as puzzling as The Lady's Maid's Bell.

Dorothy W.

I've never read Thurber either, but this story sounds like fun. Certainly a change of pace from the last story you read!


Look for: THURBER CARNIVAL. Much "Thurber-y" :-) goodness, including all of MY LIFE AND HARD TIMES, which contains "The Night the Ghost Got In" and more stories about his family. I fell in love with Thurber after watching the series MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT.

By the way, I have a post in my book blog about books you discovered because of movies and television (rather than despite of). I have several responses, but would love it if anyone who posts here would contribute. I love seeing what folks have discovered due to popular visual media. The post is here:


I don't blame him. I'll be spooked as well. I tend to be mindful or any sounds other than the usual mechanical hums when I stay in hotels. I've heard stories of footsteps, running faucets, and weeping at various places I've stayed.


Oh, I love Thurber and have been reading him since I was a kid. He has another story I love (not ghostly, though) about a woman who worked for his family who was constantly making these incomprehensible statements which he'd then waste vast quantities of time trying to figure out. One was that her son "worked into a dove-wedding." He never figured that one out, and neither have I. (The daughter who passed her "silver-service elimination" was easier.)


I too was reading from Modern Ghost Stories last night! I read "Haunted" by Joyce Carol Oates and "Number Seventy-Nine" by Munby. Oates is such a great, descriptive writer. Her story totally reminded of my adolesence..drivng out in the country and finding old, abandoned houses! It was so fun! And that Edith Wharton's is in here as I go to read it!


Kristen--This was definitely a nice change from what I've been reading! I wouldn't mind finding some others like it. I liked that spoofy feel, even though he did base it on actual experiences.
BooksPlease--Yes, much more straightforward thankfully! I really like Thurber and need to read The Secret Life of Walter Mitty--I'm sure I have it somewhere.
Dorothy--Variety is good! You should give Thurber a try--he's good fun.
Linda--I have a nice, used (and old) copy of Thurber Carnival that I'd like to read more of. Thanks for the link--I'll have to think of some books that fall into this category.
Matt--I've never been anywhere where I've encountered anything really scary, though if I am alone I can certainly make myself think I hear or see something! It's amazing how the mind can trick you (or maybe it is real... and not a trick!).
Oolookitty--Thurber is great. I think I read him in school, but not since then (until this year). I like his cartoons as well. I will have to look for the story you mention--it sounds silly, funny!


Joannie--I read that Oates story a few weeks back. Wasn't it creepy. She has a way of making sort of mundane things very disturbing. I haven't read Number Seventy-Nine (will check it out). Please let me know what you think of the Wharton story!! I love this collection. I have a library copy, but I think I need to buy one for my own.


Just FYI, the story I mentioned is "What Do You Mean It Was Brillig?" It can actually be found online... I just found it and enjoyed re-reading it.

Hope it doesn't offend that he refers to the woman as "colored"; it was obviously written very long ago when that was the "proper" and accepted way to refer to African-Americans.


I, too, own this book and I'm having immense fun sifting through the different sections. I just read James Thurber's story and it was rather funny--interestingly, I had a similar experience just over the weekend. I was in the shower and I heard what sounded like someone pounding on the bathroom door. This wouldn't be so odd except that I live alone and nobody was with me at the time. Eeeek. I hesitated, wondering if what I heard actually came from the wall I share with my neighbor. Against my better judgment and just plain curious, I hopped out of the shower and opened the door, only to find my apartment empty--surprise, surprise. I then cursed myself for being so silly; nevertheless, I couldn't help but feel slightly spooked.


Oolookitty--Isn't it great when you can read these stories online and have instant access to them?! I'll check it out. And I'm not offended by language use when the story was obviously written at a time when that was the 'acceptable' usage--though it does still sound weird to modern ears!
Joanna--How weird--I would be spooked, too. There are other people in my house, so I am not too bothered by bumps and other noises--except when I am alone! Then I can imagine up all sorts of things that are not there and have been known to not go down to our very old and unfinished basement---LOL! The Thurber story was fun!

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