MORDUCK THE WITCH

by Arthur Machen. from Dreads and Drolls, 1926. A woman is charged with practicing the black art of witchcraft! The belief in witchcraft died very hard. Indeed, it is not dead yet; but we call the thing and our belief in it by other names. It is not difficult, if you are so disposed, to consult both men and women who have a familiar spirit, in the year 1926. Richard Hathaway was the defendant in an odd trial in this matter of witchcraft in the first year of Queen Anne. He said he had been bewitched by Sarah Morduck, and twenty years or so earlier, Sarah Morduck would, no doubt, have been Continue reading

A NEW CHRISTMAS CAROL

by Arthur Machen. Originally Published in 1920. Christmastide arrives, ten years after Ebeneezer Scrooge's renowned ghostly visitations! Scrooge was undoubtedly getting on in life, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. Ten years had gone by since the spirit of old Jacob Marley had visited him, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come had shown him the error of his mean, niggardly, churlish ways, and had made him the merriest old boy that ever walked on 'Change with a chuckle, and was called "Old Medlar" by the young dogs who never Continue reading