Frédéric Boutet: The Ghost of M. Imberger (part two)

Frédéric Boutet The Ghost of M. Imberger (part two)                 But when three o’clock passed, M. Imberger still was not there. Mme Imberger now felt worried. The guests were beginning to take their leaves. M. Imberger was punctuality itself, how had he not arrived? She told her anxiety […]

New Book! Are You Haunted

Posted by ractrose on 9 Oct 2019 in Fiction, Novellas

Buy on Amazon! Paperback edition       Powell Kenzie has wandered, living the life of a vagabond, since his discharge from the army. The year is 1948. He finds himself in a small New England town, by watchman Lloyd Guy given temporary shelter in the remains of the Drybrook works. On the hill opposite […]

Hammersmith: Epilogue (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 5 Oct 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Epilogue (part one)           Hogben felt his odds of escape improved by company. The company was not choice. In point of fact, he strongly entertained having no more to do with le Fontainebleau. Wistful thoughts of roosting had lately crossed Hogben’s mind, and a settled man needs an honest profession. […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Ghost of M. Imberger (part one)

New for Translation Thursday, the short stories of Frédéric Boutet, born at Bourges, 1874; died 1941 as a refugee at Arachon (WWII), a writer of mystery with occult overtones, in his lifetime compared to Poe. These stories are from Le Spectre de M. Imberger, Flammarion, 1922, public domain.   Frédéric Boutet The Ghost of M. […]

Yoharie: Existence (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Sep 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Existence (part four)               Trevor’s cul-de-sac was called Tampico Way. The stub, or rectal portion, if you had it in you to chuckle at Mat Busby’s humor, was crossed by Reagan Place. The shuttle streets, Atlantis, Challenger, etc., also an Apollo and an Armstrong, and another cul-de-sac called […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part twelve)

Posted by ractrose on 20 Sep 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part twelve)             If I peered from under my ceiling, I saw only the swell, its rushing lacework of white foam. And sometimes failed to see forewarning, of the slap of saltwater in my eyes. Also a dizziness would upset my stomach, and only […]

Celebrated (part twenty)

Celebrated (part twenty)                     She’d dispatched Hector to coastal New Jersey, a tent auction he spots advertised. Emboldened, in that way being someone other than yourself allows, Hector works the room. And with a vague idea he’s heard of Harold Carter, one of the dealers hires […]

Yoharie: Existence (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 9 Sep 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Existence (part three)             Val had never watched the Zapruder film, and the moment seemed ripe. Since Trevor kept talking… The horror people had felt must have been more outrage. Upset, truly. They lived in a world back then where they could think this one thing the end of […]

Hammersmith: Reckoning Up (conclusion)

Posted by ractrose on 7 Sep 2019 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Thirty-Nine Reckoning Up (conclusion)         The dilemma had a straightforward logic to it, supposing a father a little overbearing, and a little inclined to take things for granted, could be ushered— To the hilltop perspective, to see his daughter through the eyes of an interested friend. “June is happy. June in […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part eleven)

Posted by ractrose on 31 Aug 2019 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five Winter Alone (part eleven)           The Prince and his knights, and a woman, her servants… Indeed his wife, eager, I had been told, for battle…had a lighter craft of their own. This single-masted ship gave its commander some pains, to keep it from rocking in the wake […]