1. What is it, Caroline?”

    "I ask you again, how should I know?" replied Caroline. "I see it there like you. How should I know any more than you?"

    "It must be something in the room,” said Mrs. Brigham, staring wildly around.

    "We moved everything in the room the first night it came," said Rebecca; "it is not anything in the room."

    The Shadows On The Wall, Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

  2. That is not dead which can eternal lie,
     and with strange aeons even death may die.

    The Nameless City, H.P. Lovecraft

    image: Joaquim Pla Janini

  3. When the door had closed behind him the little boy said, “How much longer do we have to stay on this old train?”

    “Not much longer,” the mother said. She stood looking at the little boy, wanting to say something, and finally she said, “You sit still and be a good boy. You may have another lollipop.” The little boy climbed down eagerly and followed his mother back to her seat. She took a lollipop from a bag in her pocketbook and gave it to him.

    “What do you say?” she asked.

    “Thank you,” the little boy said. “Did that man really cut his little sister up in pieces?”

    “He was just teasing,” the mother said, adding urgently, “Just teasing.”

    Shirley Jackson, The Witch

  4. Susanna Martin, pleading Not Guilty to the Indictment of Witchcraft; there were produced the Evidences of many Persons very sensibly and grievously Bewitched; who all complained of the Prisoner at the Bar, as the Person whom they believed the cause of their miseries; the cast of her Eye, then striking the afflicted People to the Ground.
    There were these among other Passages between the Magistrates and the Examinate:

    Magistrate: Pray, what ails these people?
    Martin: I don’t know.
    Magistrate: But what do you think ails them?
    Martin: I don’t desire to spend my Judgment upon it.
    Magistrate: Don’t you think they are bewitch’d?
    Martin: No, I do not think they are.
    Magistrate: Tell us your Thoughts about them then.
    Martin: No, my thoughts are my own, when they are in, but when they are out they are another’s. Their master—
    Magistrate: Their Master! Who do you think is their Master?
    Martin: If they be dealing in the Black Art, you may know as well as I.

    From Cotton Mather On Witchcraft, Being: The Wonders of the Invisible World, published at Boston in October of 1692.

  5. The ancient house has always been there, and people say one dwells within who talks with the morning mists that come up from the deep, and perhaps sees singular things oceanward at those times when the cliff’s rim becomes the rim of all earth, and solemn buoys toll free in the white aether of faery. This they tell from hearsay, for that forbidding crag is always unvisited, and natives dislike to train telescopes on it.

    The Strange High House in the Mist, H.P. Lovecraft

  6. “She herself is a haunted house. She does not possess herself; her ancestors sometimes come and peer out of the windows of her eyes and that is very frightening. She has the mysterious solitude of ambiguous states; she hovers in a no-man’s land between life and death, sleeping and waking.”


    Angela Carter, The Lady of the House of Love (The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories)

    image: Edmund Teske

  7. "It started for me last Thursday, in response to an urgent message from my nurse. I had hurried home from a medical convention. At first glance, everything looked the same.  It wasn’t… In the back of my mind a warning bell was ringing. Sick people who couldn’t wait to see me, then suddenly were perfectly all right. A boy claiming his mother wasn’t his mother. A woman claiming her uncle wasn’t her uncle."

    From Daniel Mainwaring’s screenplay for Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

  8. "Now the human brain and the human nervous system are so far as we know the most perfected receiving apparatus for all magnetic currents, for all the vibrations of the psychic atmosphere. And this leads us to think in the last resort that manifestations attributed to occult causes have in truth merely changed their name, and that the witchcraft of the devil has been followed in our own time, the great scientific witchcraft…"

    Witchcraft, Florian Parmentier

    image: Pierre Rojanski

  9. …and only little children know
    Through what dark gates her smile may go.

    The Widow, Walter de la Mare