Fear and Tension in The Landlady and A Terribly Strange Bed

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Fear and Tension in The Landlady and A Terribly Strange Bed The two short stories 'The Landlady' and 'A Terribly Strange Bed' create fear and tension in two very separate ways. For example, A Terribly Strange Bed is a detective story where a man wins money at a gambling house, spends the night somewhere and when he lies in bed the canopy lowers trying to suffocate him. But he gets away and wants to find out why the people have made up such a machine when they could just smother him themselves and throw him in the river with no complications. Whereas The Landlady is more of a horror story because this lady seems perfectly normal and then as more evidence builds Billy Weaver then realises that the parrot, Daschund and possible recent guests have been murdered and stuffed by this friendly landlady. There are also similarities between the two stories 'The Landlady' and 'A Terribly Strange Bed' because they are both about male narrators staying away from home. Both stories have conclusions built up to that both main characters in the stories could possibly be murdered and stuffed or thrown in the river. Also both narrators in the two stories got to the guesthouse or gambling house because it is cheap and they wish to try something new. Both main characters in the stories should be suspicious of what is happening because Billy Weaver is staying at a bed and Breakfast at such a good price and seems to be the only guest there. The character in A Terribly Strange Bed should be wary because of the amount of money he has to look after from winning at the game 'Rouge et Noir'. In the Landlady the things that should be inanimate are now animate for example the bed lowers which creates tension to the short story. In The Landlady Billy has every right to be suspicious because who wouldn't be with The Landlady saying how selective she is with her guests as he is only her third, because she has also had the guests Mr Temple and Mr Mulholland. Another piece of evidence that should create tension to Billy Weaver in The Landlady is that she said 'there wasn't a blemish on Mr Temple's body' and how would she know? In my opinion this is an unusual and a scary thing to say, as it doesn't seem to make sense and sounds like she has had a relationship with Mr Temple. She also says to Billy a lot, how perfect his teeth are and how good looking she found him to be. As the plot thickens more evidence suggests that she is in fact a
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