Afterward: A Ghost Story for Christmas
A rich young couple retires to England in search of a charmingly haunted estate. Their realtor ensures them the mansion of Pangbourne is indeed haunted - but those who have seen its ghost only recognize it long afterward. Delighted, they purchase the home, where they soon discover a secret stairway to the roof. There they see a mysterious visitor on the grounds below. Surprised, the husband raced down to meet the man. Oddly, though, he can't be found...
Steeped in traditions older than the Christmas we often celebrate in modern times, ghost stories told at Christmas were a reflection of the ideas of ending and rebirth (both of the year and crops), as well as reflecting on the darkness (both outside and within). As people gather with families, it is natural to remember those who are no longer amongst the group and to share tales with younger generations.
Afterward is one such story that is shared with a Christmas spirit. Originally told by Edith Wharton, this single story is one in a group of Christmas Ghost Stories that are perfect for holiday gatherings.
Size: 10.2 x 15.3 cm (4 x 6 inches)