Is Anybody There…?

Close-up of spiritualistic seance

Today’s Dark Divination is an eerie story about a séance. “Ghost of St. John Lane” by Daphne Strasert tells of a widow who has reluctantly agreed to host a séance. She is intrigued by the thought of meeting the medium, Mr. Moses, so she allows people into her house for the first time since her husband died.

At first, the gathering seems like a waste of time, but who is the face outside the window?

I am not going to give away any of the details, because it is too nice a story to spoil.

Mediumship, and its practitioners, were a big part of Victorian Spiritualism. Communicating with the dead became a lucrative practice in the 19th century. And it provided new economic freedom to many women.

Movies, television, and literature thrive on tales of seances and their consequences.

I even have my own story to share. When my university was putting on Bell, Book, and Candle for summer repertory, the cast decided we would have a séance. This was the first “real” séance I had ever attended–the slumber parties of pre-adolescent girls don’t count.

The four of us proceeded to sit around the table with the lights out and candles lit…and I don’t know if it was the power of suggestion or what, but I saw some things that night I will never forget. My friend Randy’s face started to literally melt like wax. I saw a flaming Mobil Pegasus. Everyone had the impression of fire when we compared notes later. Somewhere, I have a record of what everyone saw. It might make a good story someday. That night, it was terrifying!

How about you? Leave me a comment if you’ve ever had a real, successful séance. I’d love to hear about it. And go read Dark Divinations from!


About RieSheridanRose

Rie Sheridan Rose multitasks. A lot. Her short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers Vols. 1 and 2,  and Killing It Softly. She has authored twelve novels, six poetry chapbooks, and lyrics for dozens of songs. She tweets as @RieSheridanRose.
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