Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Tapestry Gate - Leigh Brackett

Short Story

Number of words : 5000
Percent of complex words : 7.8
Average syllables per word : 1.4
Average words per sentence : 10.5


Fog : 7.3
Flesch : 74.7
Flesch-Kincaid : 5.5


A town in the USA that is not specified.


Dick Stratton

Husband of Jane, or bank account of Jane more to the point it appears. Unwilling Tapestry owner.

Jane Stratton

His spendthrift wife and Tapestry purchaser.


Man who tells Dick of the Tapestry's powers.

Alice Kelly

Friend of Jane's.

Mrs Lydell

Town resident having a reception.

Doris Ryder

Woman Jane threatens smearing Dick with to get money out of him.


The Tapestry

Strange artwork made of human hair his wife buys rather than the print he wanted.


Brackett's lone horror story.

Jane buys The Tapestry over Dick's objections, and continues to extract money out of him to keep up with the Joneses. However, this purchase is evil, and can actually seduce people to enter it with promises. Dick meets a man who tells of its past, and then his wife disappears. What will happen to him, given he can't bring himself to burn it.

3.5 out of 5

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