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The Upper Berth and By the Waters of Paradise

F. Marion Crawford

Book Overview: 

Mr Brisbane details his adventures after booking a lower berth in a haunted stateroom on the steamship Kamtschatka.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I will come to you."

I offered the doctor a cigar, which he took and examined very critically.[Pg 26]

"It is not so much the damp," he remarked. "However, I dare say you will get on very well. Have you a room-mate?"

"Yes; a deuce of a fellow, who bolts out in the middle of the night and leaves the door open."

Again the doctor glanced curiously at me. Then he lit the cigar and looked grave.

"Did he come back?" he asked presently.

"Yes. I was asleep, but I waked up and heard him moving. Then I felt cold and went to sleep again. This morning I found the porthole open."

"Look here," said the doctor, quietly, "I don't care much for this ship. I don't care a rap for her reputation. I tell you what I will do. I have a good-sized place up here. I will share it with you,[Pg 27] though I don't know you from Adam."

I was very much surprised at the proposition. I could not imagine why he should take such a sud. . . Read More

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This was one of the first stories that really freaked me out as a child. A must read for all horror fans young and old.

Brisbane is a sea faring man and tells his eerie story late at night to a crowd of eager listeners. What is so special with cabin 105 and why does the port hole opens up by itself after being closed properly? On the Kamtschatka passengers regularly go overboard. Are Brisbane and the captain able...more

Another creeper of a story. It would fit in well with Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos.

One of my favorite things to do as I read a novel is to look up books mentioned by the author, and Agatha Christie did this for Francis Marion Crawford's short story "The Upper Berth". As the quotes below from Christie's The Man in the Brown Suit.

“You know you told me to get Cabin 17...more

A great little ghost story.

Wieder einmal reist Aldous Brisbane auf einem Dampfer über das Meer. Er ist ein erfahrener Seereisender und kaum etwas kann ihn noch aus der Fassung bringen. Er liebt es auf ihm bereits bekannten Schiffen zu reisen, nur diesmal hat er einen ihm unbekannten Dampfer gewählt. Seine Kabine mit der Nu...more

Brilliantly creepy. I read it in Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories, and it was one of the standout stories in that volume. I definitely want to reread this one!

Super meh
I think I will not be reading this again.

I reckon it's a complete coincidence that there was a ghost on today's episode of The Love Boat. (Please don't judge; I didn't have the clicker). That ghost was encouraging his... widowed wife?... to pick a new mate... I think. (I wasn't paying close attention, and was trying to read this at the same...more

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