Monday, September 03, 2018

Reader's Diary #1898- Unknown writer: A Gravedigger's Daughter

"A Gravedigger's Daughter," not to be confused with Joyce Carol Oates, The Gravedigger's Daughter, is a bit of a surprising short story that appeared with credit in a Welsh newspaper in June of 1907. It has a fascinating setting involving a peasant revolt. It results in four bodies being delivered to a sick gravedigger whose daughter must now take on the task herself.

One of the bodies, however, turns out not to be dead after all and furthermore, it's someone who has had a past with the daughter. The innocent daughter then does something shockingly violent.

It would be a fine Halloween story, but kind of weird to appear in a June newspaper without any explanation for its inclusion.

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