Thomas Bailey Aldrich was an American poet, travel writer and editor. He wrote numerous tales, short-stories and novels. Most of his works were based on personal experience, so several stories represent the episodes of Aldrich’s own life. When the Civil War began, Aldrich became a war correspondent for the New York Tribune attached to General Blenker’s division of the Army of the Potomac in Virginia. His horrific wartime experiences influenced his later writings. “Our New Neighbors At Ponkapog” is the short-story, describing the acquaintance of the narrator’s family with the new neighbors. Ponkapog is a quiet, picturesque place, with the nearest railway station is situated two miles away. The new couple seems to be very happy there, but there is a queerness, a sort of mystery about them… Read the story and see what will happen next!