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Book Information: Mammy Morgan Played the Organ; Her Daddy Beat the Drum

Mammy Morgan Played the Organ; Her Daddy Beat the Drum (1990) [Short Story]
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Summary :

Late one night in an old library, new librarian Hilda Schenckweiler hears a sound in the next room. Investigating cautiously, she faints in terror when the air suddenly becomes ice cold and a hand combs through her hair.

Shaken, she calls the police, and they send Leo Reissman, self-proclaimed expert on the physics and science behind ghosts, or as he calls them, "snugs" for SNG's, Standard Nighttime Ghosts.

Leo makes it sound so simple, so mundane, that Hilda cannot help but feel calmed by his scientific approach, and yet -- she doesn't quite go in for his theories. Carefully she shows him the graves outside on the library grounds, and tells him about the underground crypt uncovered thirty years ago by construction crews adding a wing to the library. Unruffled, he continues to expound his theories.

But despite this unwavering stance, Leo has secrets of his own, and in the library, his will -- and Hilda's -- will be tested before the mystery is resolved.

Original title: Mammy Morgan Played the Organ; Her Daddy Beat the Drum
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionHorrorGhosts

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, the (1994) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Edgar Allan Poe , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , Alfred Bester , Isaac Asimov , Philip K. Dick , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Robert A. Heinlein , Anne McCaffrey , Jules Verne , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Gregory Benford , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Larry Niven , Vernor Vinge , James Tiptree, Jr. , Rudy Rucker , Michael F. Flynn , Clifford D. Simak , James P. Hogan , Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Bob Shaw , Theodore Sturgeon , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Gordon R. Dickson , Robert L. Forward , Ed Bryant , Dean Ing , Ian Watson , John M. Ford , Kate Wilhelm , Hal Clement , Randall Garrett , Raymond F. Jones , Philip Latham , Miles J. Breuer , Tom Godwin , John Sladek , Raymond Z. Gallun , Hilbert Schenck , Richard Grant , Theodore L. Thomas , Donald M. Kingsbury , George Turner , Katherine MacLean , Don A. Stuart

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