G. W. Thomas
THE FLAXMAN LOW 12-STEP PLOT FORMULA
STEP ONE: A friend with a haunted house writes to the occult detective. (The detective gladly agrees to look into things.)
STEP TWO: The haunted house is described.
STEP THREE: The haunting is described and illustrated with the most recent manifestations.
STEP FOUR: The history of the house is given, usually involving the originally builder or an evil tenant.
STEP FIVE: The occult detective expounds his/her philosophy.
STEP SIX: The occult detective checks out the house and has first encounter with phenomena.
STEP SEVEN: The friend wants to quit the investigation but the occult detective insists on proceeding.
STEP EIGHT: Strange equipment or information arrives. (The occult detective prepares for a second encounter.)
STEP NINE: The occult detective lets slip some tantalizing clues. (But does not fully explain.)
STEP TEN: The occult detective has second and final encounter with the phenomena.
STEP ELEVEN: The occult detective explains everything to the friend.
STEP TWELVE: The house is destroyed.