"The Cranberry Goblet."
By Harold Lawlor (1910-92).
First appearance: Weird Tales, November 1945.
Reprints page (HERE).
Short story (13 pages as a PDF).
Online at Wikisource (HERE).
"Even if I lose, I'll win."
A battle of wills and wits in the grand HIBK tradition—with a stranger than usual twist . . .
~ Michael Whittington:
"I have a sister, Ann. An invalid since she was a child. She'll have to live with us."
~ Coralie Whittington:
"You see, she's badly spoiled, I'm afraid."
~ Ann Whittington:
"I'll spoil her, too!"
~ Mrs. Dunnigan:
". . . our housekeeper (and Coralie's willing slave) . . ."
~ Doctor Peter Haddon:
"Deliberately, I'm afraid. But no one need ever know. And I thought it was kinder not to tell Michael."
- Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier's 1938 novel, was successfully filmed by Alfred Hitchcock; see the Wikipedia article (HERE: WARNING! SPOILERS!). If you're unfamiliar with the HIBK school, see Wikipedia (HERE) and Mike Grost's article (HERE). EAP's "The Tell-Tale Heart" (1843) is anatomized in Wikipedia (HERE: WARNING! SPOILERS!), with the full text at The
Poe Museum (HERE).
|Illustration by Virgil Finlay.|