Our duo of stories this month bring us a bit of background for both our unnamed narrator and Chadwick Hedgegrove. We also get a ghost story, so that’s a plus.
The Gefulltengeist story is one that I feel better about of the two stories we have this month. Part Faust legend, part way of understanding depression, part Dracula. It’s a nice story.
The Hedgegrove story ended up being a bit different from what I was originally planning, but I think it works. The dead child may be a bit much, though, especially as this is going to be the primary look into Hedgegrove’s character. I do think it helps a bit that it’s not out of guilt that he locked himself away, but more an unending grief.