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A screaming skull haunts the house in which it is closeted in a sealed hatbox....

Title : The Screaming Skull
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ISBN : 9781419181641
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Screaming Skull Reviews

  • Greg
    2019-04-18 15:04

    This the second piece in The Weird, the gigantic anthology by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. This is will be a shorter review that usual for me, and feel free not to vote on it, it's really only be written to help make up the final review for the The Weird, but since there are a hundred or so stories in that book there is no way I'll be able to write about or remember them all by the time I'm done.This has that late Victorian / early 20th Century horror story feel to it (duh), which I just can't find myself to really enjoy. Characters are just about screaming "The Horror! The Horror!" to things and there is an underlying melodrama that just doesn't do it for me (sort of the same way I feel about Lovecraft). In this story the narrator pokes some fun at these devices but they are still the narrative engine that keeps the story moving forward. For people who like ghost stories from the above mentioned era, or who don't find Lovecraft to be a gigantic bore this story will probably be a pleasure. I was going to give this three stars, because it had some good spots, and I enjoyed the self-conscious aspect of the story, and I know that it's probably a precursor to the sorts of things that I enjoy reading, but I didn't love it. I didn't hate it. Think of this as a loving two stars.

  • Skylar Phelps
    2019-04-11 13:38

    Other than the boredom that comes with a distractingly ‘old man’s ramble’ feel to the prose, I actually liked it. 3.5 Stars.

  • Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
    2019-04-22 15:49

    Great creepiness and fear building the atmosphere of waiting for something terrible to happen. Not that scary though, more suspenseful.

  • TOM
    2019-04-23 12:05

    An ex-sailor narrates this short tale of terror, featuring the animated skull of his sister-in-law, which won't quit screaming and causing all kinds of chaos (it can even knock on doors) and being a general nuisance. It's a well crafted story, with gruesome details of the sister-in-law's death - boiling lead was poured into her ears which the narrator can now hear rattling around in her skull - the skull having being whitened in quicklime in the back garden. The missing lower jaw is found later in the tale, with human hair stuck to it embedded in the aforementioned quicklime. These vivid details add a deliciously macabre feel to the tale.

  • LGandT
    2019-04-04 16:38

    AudiobookThis was fun in the sense you are sitting around and being told the story personally. I suppose if I had read it it might not have been quite as fun.Not scary or to me all that suspenseful, just a fun little ditty to pass some time. I listened to it while doing some needle craft, so it gave more to the "story telling" aspect of it.

  • Michael
    2019-03-28 16:53

    I love the device of putting the reader into a conversation with the narrator who's relating the strange history of the skull and getting more and more freaked out as he goes. Super effective. I need to read more Crawford.

    2019-04-05 19:00


  • Dawn Maurice
    2019-04-02 12:52

    Very Edgar Allen Poe, throughly enjoyed this one 😙

  • Keith
    2019-03-30 12:48

    listened to on the Classic Tales Podcast

  • Dione Basseri
    2019-04-12 13:39

    This is a good ghost story premise which goes on about five times as long as it should. It's SO repetitive! If this had been written in the last decade, Crawford's editor would have beat him about the head for going on so long. The basic story is that a man is haunted by a screaming skull, which reacts whenever it is moved from its favorite spot. He suspects it is the skull of a friend of his, killed one night after he had dinner with the man and wife and described the details of a particular murder. He fears that his chatter inspired the wife in how to kill, and fears the skull more for the proof of his guilt, rather than the screaming.But he says this WHO KNOWS HOW MANY TIMES!?I could see this as being great to lull you to sleep, seeing as how the words repeat enough to be hypnotic. But for suspense? Utterly ruined. Go elsewhere.This story is in the public domain and can be found free from many sources. I listened to an audio production from Librivox.

  • Thabata
    2019-03-30 17:42

    “One always remembers ones mistakes much more vividly than ones cleverest things, doesn't one?” In a house haunted by guilt, the main character and narrator faces not only his conscience, but doubt and regret. Dwelling upon his reason and sanity against the fear and the unknown, this tale twists and turns in a magnificent manner. It is intriguing and instigating. It is in fact a mystery in which the reader is engage most peculiarly, for the narrator talks to us as if we were a second character. It is done masterfully. The skull that rests in the house screams to a story utterly engaging and sinister. Who killed the woman of the house, whose fault is it and has she come back to haunt the culprit? What is real and what it is left to believe? The supernatural elements are as strong as the questions. It is truly worth reading more than once.

  • Jason
    2019-03-26 19:38

    Eh. This was a little annoying. The story was fine, and probably would've been a three star tale were it not for the point of view. It's first person and addresses the reader directly throughout. (I saw someone else refer to it as a monologue, but I don't know if that's right.) The addressee (the reader) is a friend of Captain Braddock that he's talking to for the whole 25 pages, and I'm just not a fan of that writing style. It was distracting enough to be detrimental to my enjoyment of the story.That being said, it's not a bad little tale. If you like mildly spooky things, and don't mind the narrative as I described it, then check it out.

  • SergioMori
    2019-04-15 13:59

    I really like the story and the tone, but I had slight issues with the voice. I found the way the text is structured rather artificial. The main character tells the story to an interlocutor who is there with him, but from whom we hear no sound (even though they seem to contribute to the dialogue). He could also be addressing the reader, of course, or even a ghost. But still, it felt stilted.The actual story, though, with the screams and the lead and the skull in a box, was awesome.

  • CatherineMustread
    2019-04-10 16:05

    A screaming skull haunts the house in which it is closeted in a sealed hatbox. Listened to this on Classic Tales podcast. Link:

  • Annika
    2019-04-19 13:45

    Audiobook narrated by B.J. Harrison on The Classic Tales Podcast

  • Jelly
    2019-04-16 12:04

    Rather enjoyed the ongoing creepyness.

  • Andrea
    2019-04-22 13:53

    I do love a classic scary story. Even more fun is pulling up info on Bettiscombe Manor. I like a little dab of truth to my fiction.