Hunting for Smee in the Dark

Smee   by A. M. Burrage (1900s)

Tuesday’s Tale of Terror,  January 12, 2015




Picture this, if you will. The wind-blown English countryside. A peaked house with glossy windows. A party of twelve. You enter. Inside you see passages winding in darkness. The guests speak of hidden staircases. Most guests prefer to sit by the fire and play a friendly game of cards. This night, they decide to play a different kind of game. Hide and seek … in the dark.


The game is called “Smee.” The person who is “it” is Smee. Everybody hides. The hunt begins. But you don’t know who Smee is. And Smee is a game of silence. So, even if you find Smee, he or she can’t tell you. Unless … the ghost says “It’s me.”



This ghost story has a chilling feel to it. I especially liked the audio as it gave me an old-fashioned story-telling atmosphere. Turn out the lights and listen to A.M. Burrage’s most famous ghost story.

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Listen to the audio of Smee, narrated by David Lewis Richardson on




Alfred McLelland Burrage (1889 – 1956), a British writer of speculative fiction and ghost stories wrote two novels: Seeker to the Dead and Don’t Break the Seal. You can find more of his titles at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database.









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2 responses to “Hunting for Smee in the Dark

  1. It’s really a fun story and just enough chill to leave the reader spooked.


  2. Sounds like it would be perfect for Halloween night – or any night!

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