All too brief a read, and yet I could not do it in the end. I remember with pleasure reading Straub's "Ghost Story" all night long, Christmas Eve, before giving the then brand new book to my sister for Christmas. Thrilling. And there was a good story in this novella, but just that. What would be the lessons, here? 1) Can't go home again, it's true. 2) Any book this short with not one, but two dreams? That's just some lazy spooking. 3) Never reference better writers -- real ones -- in inferior fiction; it's like talking about Thanksgiving over some soggy fries.