Two brothers inherit their father’s ‘ghost scope’, a spyglass that can’t really see ghosts, but can see through things. After their mother spends the family fortune on a fake medium, the brothers have established a fairly lucrative business out of using the ‘ghost scope’ for catching fraudulent mediums and then blackmailing them. It all works out pretty well … until they encounter a real ghost.
The Spirit of the Grift first appeared in Penny Dread Tales Volume IV.
It now also appears in The Best of Penny Dread Tales
Reprinted in Blazing Uncanny Trails 2, April 2020, Knight Writing Press