Do not fear the ghosts in this house; they are the least of your worries.
–Neil Gaiman - The hidden chamber
I’m, as usual, playing catch. Never got around to posting on the stories I read for week 2, so hopefully I’ll get through them all this time around. As usual with these group reads a spoiler warning is in full effect. They are discussion posts rather than reviews.
This is an adaptation of the Bluebeard story, although in this case told from the point of view of the Bluebeard character. I’ve always wondered what rational he had for the first murder. I mean, if Bluebeard kills his wives for finding the bloody chamber with the previous wife in it. But what did the first wife find? But that is beside the point, because in this short story, well, more of a flash fiction. Or a prose poem I suppose. It is told in quite a poetical manner.
To be honest I’m not entirely sure what to make of this short story. It is decidedly creepy and atmospheric, but this is one of those short stories that is just too short, I’d like to know a bit more about what is actually going on.
I do, however, know that I certainly wouldn’t want to be married to this Bluebeard any more than any of the other version out there