’31 Tales of Terror’ #26: The Ghost in All the Rooms

*Title: The Ghost in All the Rooms by Daniel Defoe
Date Read: 27 October 2008
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Briefly: Due to sudden illness an aristocrat have to leave their summer home leaving a steward and three servants in charge of the place. Perceptive that soon impending doom is about to befall the house in his charge, the steward goes to seek the advice and ‘blessed’ protection of the local padre. The steward’s ‘hunch’ is correct and a gang of thieves make their way to rob the house of its riches. They soon find out to their own detriment that the padre’s ‘blessed protection’ has been put in place.
Afterthoughts: A fairly average and quite predictable tale, the real strength of this story is Defoe’s eloquent prose. It’s worth reading the story for this, as sadly no real frights or chills are forthcoming.
Notable Quote: “A set of robbers, who had intelligence that the nobleman with his family was gone to Aix-la-Chapelle, but that the house was left furnished and all the plate and the things of value were left in it, had formed a design to plunder the house and afterwards burn it, just as the steward had said.”

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).