Laura Ellen Scott
"As Hell is Depicted," from The Men's Orange Diary [by Bog, trans.
Kallikantzaros and Wight]
The first ghost breathed as little as possible and bled herself into a
secret cup to keep young and calm. She ate only cold soup, took salts,
sipped Madeira. The rake moved her up against the brick wall, hiked up
her skirt and put his hand in like a pie knife. He made her keep
singing while he dropped to his knees to put his whole mouth on her
like a sea creature, non-specific.
The second ghost was their child, a three year old fawn* who fell into
a well on his grandma's farm. He existed, lonesome and well-bound for
two more years, mothered and fathered by cowbirds of each type until
the genus was exhausted: Brown-headed, Shiny, Bronzed, Giant,
The third ghost was the fawn's ball cap, found in a drunkle rig. Then
everyone believed the worst of everyone else. Plus fire, storm, economy.
In a town swallowed up (by fires, storms, economy), appetite itself
became the fourth ghost ever recorded. There was lead time while
children faded and the potholes were never filled in, but eventually
the post office was boarded up.
A carriage museum culminated in the fifth, after its curator fell down
dead in the catalogue hall. His body crumpled to dust. Because no one
ever visited the carriage museum.
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Any contemporary ghost can trace its lineage back to the five described
in this article.
There are no other original phenomena.
Floating terms include
Reading Question One: Under the same circumstances, which song would
you sing and why?
Reading Question Two: What are the commercial uses of guilt, hunger,
Reading Question Three: There was a bottle and a bottling
house. Crates covered with mold. Footprints that grew smaller and
smaller as they were followed. Name this effect.
Reading Question Four: Giles Corey refused to plead. How was he put to
Reading Question Five: Draw a walking tour of the parish. Next, draw a
tour of places not to go. Use the back if needed.