Rather than just reviewing a story, I would like to review an author also, Levi Charon.
'Things That Go Hump in the Night' is a loving ghost story. Not a horror story. Well written with what I consider to be well developed characters. His editors did a good job as I saw few errors. But hey, what do I know? I was a business major.
What I consider best is this story is one of 40 well written great stories. Start with the first one and read them all. They're worth it!
The serendipity of logging on to Storiesonline and finding a "randoms story from the archives" that is not only from an author who's gone under my radar so far, but it practically ticks all the boxes that make me enjoy a story.
This story is about a young(ish) male scientist who goes house hunting. After a while he finds the house of, pretty much, his dreams, he makes a ridiculously low offer for it, and it is immediately accepted, to his surprise. Prior to this, an old lady shuffles across the road and tells him that the hause is haunted, and that nobody has ever stayed after purchasing it for 60 years ...
... he begins renovations, and suddenly on his whiteboard appear the words "I like what you have done to my room".
I am not going to spill the beans on what happens next. Some drama is injected into the story by his meeting a colleague, a former co-student, but not everything is as well with her as it initially seems; we get some insight into our protagonist as he contemplates the nature of the physical and the spiritual universe, as well as alcoholism and the consequences. And that's it for spoilers, I am not trying to repeat the narrative here.
The characters are very well drawn, personable, and I had no problem at all relating to them. They speak in whole sentences where appropriate; the dialogue is entirely believable (ok, so I've come across some atrocious dialogue lately, and this is the polar opposite). The tale develops well, there is some very pleasurable eroticism of the "tickle with a feather" kind rather than the "being slapped with a naked chicken" sort. Very very few typos and errors.
And, a love(r)ly ghost. Someone we don't meet every day.
A great read, and I can highly recommend it to readers who enjoy a bit of refinement, style, and subtlety.
Things That Go Hump in the Night is a well written story that will hold your attention to the very end. It has a great plot, with a few twists to separate it from other tales in the paranormal genre.
The characters are well drawn, and though the sub-plot is quite dark, with the inevitable ending, it adds a solid counterpoint to what is actually a pretty uplifting story.
To sum up, Levi Charon has given us a well crafted story, that most people will be happy to add to their library.
Read, and enjoy!