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The Ghost Breaker - A Novel

Charles Goddard and Paul Dickey

Book Overview: 

The Ghost Breaker is a drama and haunted house horror complete with heroes, villains, and a Princess. The Ghost Breaker was originally a screenplay and was made into a drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .to a servile respect from every man, woman, and child! And, worst of all to an essentially feminine mind, she had allowed this presumptuous, calculating stranger to override her better judgment, to subjugate her resistance, without a visible tribute to the charms which had stirred the masculine souls of a continent!

And yet, in spite of—perhaps, because of—all these illogical, provoking, equilibrium-shattering irritants—she sat there, patiently, eagerly awaiting an explanation. Consistency, thy name is not Maidenhood!

Suddenly he looked at her.

"Do you know what a feud is?" was the curious prologue.

Her answer was apt and surprising.

"Feud? Spain is the garden of feuds."

"So is Kentucky. That's where I'm from. You're Spanish, then?"


"Then you'll understand and sympathize.... Those shots you heard ended a feud which has lived thr. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This play has aged a little poorly, and gets wrapped up way too quickly. The beginning was interesting though.

This book reads like propaganda for both Kentucky and the confederacy while being laughably stupid. It has a stupid overconfident main character, a goal-focused princess with a ridiculously long name, a shady duke who is obsessed with trying to date his cousin (a.k.a the princess), and Dusty the loy

I read this because several movies were made of it including ones by Crosby and Hope, and Martin and Lewis. Both under different names. I thought it might be fun to do on stage.

Due to it's age, several characters would have to be rewritten and language and characterization of the time would make it

I really enjoyed this. I actually listened to a dramatic reading via livrivox (which I recommend to those who like myself can't afford audible). It was an interesting tale with mystery, a princess, and a ghost.