Monday, October 10, 2016

Reader's Diary #1395- Amelia B. Edwards: The Phantom Coach

No doubt it's my building excitement for the upcoming Marvel movie, Doctor Strange, but at one point reading Amelia B. Edwards' "The Phantom Coach" I could almost hear Tilda Swinton's voice from the trailer...

You think you know how the world works. You think this material universe is all there is. What if I told you the reality you know is one of many? 

There's a very compelling character in "The Phantom Coach," a former scientist and scholar who, finding no place in the world for someone like himself, someone who believes in the metaphysical and in science, cut himself off from society. I guess I just found it interesting that this theme, found in an 19th century ghost story, could still hold relevance today.

Otherwise the story is a very traditional ghost story, to the point of tropes, but as it was written way back when there's a lot more forgiveness seeing as I have no idea if such scenes were tropes at the time.

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