Elena’s father has only just died when she hears noises in the cellar. It is the IBM her father used every day and which, like before, types three pages a day on it’s own…

First publication: 20th Century Ghosts
Date: 2005
Author(s): Joe Hill
Nomination(s): No
Movie: No

The books, magazines and/or collections in which these titles are also published:
· The Ghost Is The Machine

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20th Century Ghosts

Post Mortem Press

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The story starts as follows:
Elena’s father had gone into the basement every night, after work, for as far back as she coul remember, and did not come up until he had written three pages on the humming IBM electric typewriter he had bought in college, when he still believed he would someday be a famous novelist. He had been dead for three days before his daughter heard the typewriter in the basement, at the usual time: a burst of rapid bang-bang-banging, followed by a waiting silence, filled out only by the idiot hum if the machine.

Other information:
· The story was original hidden in the Acknowledgements of 20th Century Ghosts.