Young second wife Veronica Croydon has lost her Dickens-specialist much older husband Roger. Academic friends speculate as to his disappearance. Finally, at a house party in Cape Cod Veronica tells the framework narrator, a writer of horror fiction, the story of what she believes happened.
John Langan’s novel House of Windows is suffused with Dickens. But as our writer listens to Veronica’s tale, I cannot help but think of Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner who “stoppeth one of three” (our writer is accompanied by his wife and son). Like the Mariner, Veronica is compelled to tell her story. Like the wedding guest, the writer is compelled to listen.