In the old South, a haint was a ghost or evil spirit. George Haint, originally begun by Helen Diessner in 2012, takes us into the most unusual ghost story you will probably ever hear.It is not only a ghost story but a short story of murder most foul and takes place in the mid-1800s, in the Virginia City, Nevada, area during the gold- and silver-mining days. The story contains a lot of local history of the area.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting Story with a Shocking Twist
Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2022
I was intrigued by the idea of a story begun by the late author, Helen Diessner, and finished as a work of love by Marta Moran Bishop. I also enjoy horror fiction. The story of George Haint pulls you in with its haunting melancholy beginnings. George worked in the gold mines and lived with his wife in their isolated mountain cabin in the desert. The story opens after her death, and George mourns alone. This part of the story was reminiscent of works by Henry James, such as The Romance of Certain Old Clothes or the ambience of The Turn of the Screw. And just when I settled into my expectations, the story took a horrifyingly dark turn. It's not often a story shocks me, but this one did. It's a short work, but well worth the read...with the light on.