’31 Tales of Terror’ #24: The Dampmere Mystery

*Title: The Dampmere Mystery by John Kendrick Bangs
Date Read: 27 October 2008
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: Dawson, a New York writer, wishing to be alone, takes rental of a little cottage in the village of Dampmere. With only his Chinese servant and his pet mastiff for company, things go well at first. Then the strange phenomenon of ‘sticky-up hair’ begins to afflict all of the cottage residents. First calling on his doctor to help him, and then on a friend to visit him, Dawson tries to discount the problem.
Afterthoughts: This is the third Bangs story I’ve read during this challenge, and I think I can safely say that Bangs, when it comes to scribing ghostly tales, is most definitely an ‘out of the box’ writer;the man is absolutely barmy! This tale, just like his others, is nothing like you’d expect, and nothing like you could predict. But it’s surprisingly entertaining. I may not have cared for his Mystery of My Grandmother’s Hair Sofa tale too terribly, but I’m definitely warming to Mr. Bangs – even with his apparent hair fetish :o).
Notable Quote: “…as Easter approached something queer seemed to develop in the Dampmere cottage. It was undefinable, intangible, invisible, but it was there. Dawson’s hair would not stay down. When he rose up in the morning he would find every single hair on his head standing erect, and plaster it as he would with his brushes dipped in water, it could not be induced to lie down again.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

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

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