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Monday, October 30, 2017

Reader's Diary #1689- Mary Wilkins Freeman: Luella Miller


Mary Wilkins Freeman's "Luella Miller" is a unique tale of horror as it deals with illness as the only real symptom of a supernatural occurrence, though witchcraft is hinted at.

It tells of a woman who seems to have control over others, claiming to be too unhealthy to fend for herself yet outliving all of those who come in contact with her.

Published in 1902, it has the superstitious air of such stories that sought explanations for happenings that science as of then could not explain. This is not a criticism on my part as I prefer stories that could have rational explanations but nonetheless plant seeds of doubt.

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