’31 Tales of Terror’ #17: The Dead Woman’s Photograph

*Title: The Dead Woman’s Photograph by Anonymous
Date Read: 24 October 2008
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: Despite wishing only to take photographs of the picturesque, photography-assistant Virgil Hoyt, on occasion, also has to take photos of the deceased. On one occasion he takes the photo of the mother of a rich Jewish family. It turns out to be a photo that he is very reluctant to hand over to the family.
Afterthoughts: This is a short but fairly entertaining tale. Somewhat Gothic in nature, the story has a satisfactorily chilly ending.
Notable Quote: “There was a strand of hair out of place, and he pushed it back from her brow. A bud lifted its head too high from among the roses on her breast and spoiled the contour of the chin, so he broke it off. He remembered these things later very distinctly and that his hand touched her bare face two or three times.”

Rating: ★★★☆☆

*Story read as part of the 31 Tales of Terror reading challenge.

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