Published in Hutchinson's Magazine, May 1924
Collected in Spook Stories (1928)
(First read 17/08/2012)
|So-called automatic writing|
Brother and sister Ludovic and Sylvia Byron are a couple of phoney mediums ... oh don't listen to me, here's Fred's opening paragraph, the best in the story:
Ludovic Byron and his sister Sylvia had adopted these pretty, though quite incredible, names because those for which their injudicious parents and godparents were responsible were not so suitable, though quite as incredible. They rightly felt that there was a lack of spiritual suggestiveness in Thomas and Caroline Carrot which would be a decided handicap in their psychical careers, and would cool rather than kindle the faith of those inquirers who were so eager to have séances with the Byrons.
|Spinach (not actually relevant)|
So: starts well, long saggy middle section, ends well. It's available online here.
¹ For the others click on the 'comic spook' tag.
² Yes, actually named as such, for once.