The Upper Berthby Published 01 Jun 2004
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Every now and again, the smell sea water permeates the air, as if the cabin had been flooded and never properly repaired. The porthole opens repeatedly in the night with no conceivable reason. And the last few passengers who have slept in the upper berth have run through the ship like men possessed to throw themselves into the ocean. Mr. Brisbane, resident of the lower berth, and the ship's captain wait up all night to get to the bottom of the mystery... and neither will ever sail on that boat again.
"The Upper Berth" Reviews
Another creeper of a story. It would fit in well with Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos.
This was one of the first stories that really freaked me out as a child. A must read for all horror fans young and old.
I reckon it's a complete coincidence that there was a ghost on today's episode of The Love Boat. (Please don't judge; I didn't have the clicker). That ghost was encouraging his... widowed wife?... to pick a new mate... I think. (I wasn't paying close attention, and was trying to read this at the same time). The Love Boat ghost was played by Jimmie Walker.
Thankfully the ghost on the ship in this story was nowhere near as obnoxious. The story itself was nothing special, and I was tempted to give it two stars, but there were a few witty phrases in it, and it was a pleasant reading experience, so up to three it goes. Also, I recognize that I might have enjoyed it more had the TV not been on and had I not been surrounded by family constantly interrupting me. Three stars is probably fair for the story as well.
Something a bit unusual about it is that the ghost also takes physical form, and can fight with people if it wants to, so I'm not sure if I should really call it a "ghost" story. They normally creep out in other ways, and often move objects, but don't wrestle with mortals. I guess it was a nice touch.
the narration is good but the story itself seems underwhelming.
“That is how I saw a ghost, if it was a ghost. It was dead anyhow.”
Really quite boring. Bleh.