Wilbur was used to going to his college formals alone. He thought the Halloween Ball would be no different. He’s amazed when a beautiful girl in a Victorian costume displays an interest in him and even more amazed to find himself alone with her on one of the campus nature trails.
What Wilbur doesn’t realize is that another woman has her eye on him too. The White Lady returns every Halloween to take revenge on the men of the campus for her brutal murder. She has chosen Wilbur as her next victim.
This short story fell a bit short of the mark for me. Although a paranormal/horror story in plot, the tone was devoid of any suspense or impending doom, which removes a lot of the creepiness factor. Instead, I found it incredibly sad- sad that Jessica went through the horror she did (and sad that I’m not surprised, given the era and the fact that it’s a college campus) and sad that Wilbur, who is a nice guy loner, is as marked for death as any of the jerky guys she ought to be taking her vengeance upon. As a reader, you know the ending as soon as Jessica begins her tale, so there was no suspense to keep me engaged. Maybe this is because of how ubiquitous White Lady ghost stories are, and not a reflection on the skills of the writer, but I was still left underwhelmed.