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The Ghost of Guir House

Charles Willing Beale

Book Overview: 

Do you think you understand ghosts? Now you will.

Paul Henley, seemingly summoned to a mysterious rural Virginia mansion from his home in New York, finds himself as a guest at a remote, dilapidated colonial house with a host and a hostess every bit as mysterious as the house itself. Might Dorothy, his hostess, somehow be implicated in the hideous crime which he came to know took place in the hidden depths of Guir House some years ago? He hardly thought so, she seemed so innocent. And yet ....

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .To be sure, the details of her costume were only suggested in the vague, uncertain light, but her pose and manner were unusually impressive.

"I hope you will not think that all Virginians are as inhospitable as we appear to be, Mr. Henley," she exclaimed, with a graciousness that was quite bewitching.

"I'm sure," said Henley, "that I have never been treated with greater consideration by any one; my room is simply perfect!"

"In its way, yes; but its way is that of a century past. But what I was referring to in the matter of special negligence was the time we have kept you from food."

"Do you know," Paul replied, "that I have been so absorbed with the many strange things I have seen since my arrival that I have scarcely had time to think of food?"

"But I told you that you would be expected to have a good appetite."

"And I have. In fact, when I . . . Read More

Community Reviews

It has some moments, but ultimately, don't bother.

Skip this one

Let's discuss - at great boring length - all the philosophical, religious, moral, social, magical, hypnotic, blah blah blah aspects of life and death. Were all these higher levels of discussions used...?? I have no idea! I was so bored I skimmed.

There is an interesting ghost story b...more

As other reviewers have stated, it started off well and then fell apart halfway through. The execution of the twist was long winded and resulted in tedium by the time the main character finally figured out what was happening. I am all for a good ghost story but the main character drove me nuts wi...more

This is a rather uneven "story" which vacillates between gothic romance and explanation of theosophical principles. There are three main characters, very nicely drawn if somewhat eccentric, and an enticing romantic plot offset by a sense of mystery, perhaps even evil. While the author does manage...more

I listened to this as a Libravox recording. At first I was intrigued by the unfolding ghost story. What could have been an interesting love story soon got mired down in philosophy, social commentary, and what seemed like the author's idea of utopia. Near the end I was trying to guess how this rom...more

What a lovely story! I enjoyed this one from start to finish. Beale, about whom much can be written, wrote but little; we can be grateful he put his considerable talents on paper with this ghost tale.

A man answers a letter that is not actually addressed to him; he is to go to a certain Guir House...more

Not great, but it definitely has a different twist.

So Mr. Henley receives a rather strange letter from a Dorothy Guir inviting him to come and assist with some matter or something... he eventually goes and embarkes on a series of rather strange happenings upon meeting Ms. Guir and Ah Ben...

This was quite an interesting and entertaining read, one...more

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