The Ilyasov Reflection

Kate Shrewsday is publishing her annual Christmas ghost story this week. Read on for Part One. And if you just cannot wait, here’s a link to Part Two:

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Screen Shot 2014-12-26 at 17.05.34Christmas never goes by, in the Shrewsday household without a rollicking good ghost story. We are late – I have been ill – but here is the first of three parts. Enjoy, and have a wonderful festive break.

In the darkest recesses of the little shop in Pravdy Street, in the great city of St Petersburg, the frame stood blind.

By blind, I mean it carried no mirror, though once it must have been made to stand on the dressing table of some impossibly rich and beautiful woman. It was carved in mahogany and had once been lavishly gilded by master craftsmen, but its crevices collected dust now, its unsettling features dulled by time and inattention.

Old Gorokhin could not remember a time when it had not stood there, glowering from the corner of his little shop. His father before him told him it had arrived after the house clearance of…

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4 thoughts on “The Ilyasov Reflection

    1. I can’t remember what that nest thingy is. (Blush) It was hanging in a shop window on the main street of Alpine, Texas, last summer, and I thought it was interesting and had camera in hand. And there’s the result. I wish the nest weren’t complicated by the reflection, but that’s a pretty good view of the other side of the street behind me.

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  1. Hi Kathy, thank you again for reblogging this 🙂 I hope you are having a lovely rest as is customary at this time of year, and want to wish you a very happy new year. May your writing gain seven league boots and stride across the pages. I’d love to read a novel by you.


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