From rural England to colonial India, in murky haunted mansions and under modern electric lighting, these master storytellers - some of the best writers in the English language - unfold spinetinglers which pull back the veil of everyday life to reveal the nightmares which lurk just out of sight. They are lessons in ingenuity and surprise, sometimes building slowly to a chilling climax, sometimes springing horror on you from the utterly banal. And as you'd expect from these writers, the stories are more than simply frightening - they're also disquieting exposures of mortality, loneliness and the human capacity for both evil and remorse.
We wish you pleasant dreams.
Contains ghost stories by: Ruth Rendell, M. R. James, Rudyard Kipling, Edith Wharton, E. F. Benson, E. Nesbit, Saki, W. W. Jacobs, W. F. Harvey, Hugh Walpole, Chico Kidd and LP Hartley.
You will after reading these original short novels from four of today's best writers of the fantastic.
Brian Lumley, a Grand Master of Horror and author of the popular Necroscope series, opens the collection with the tense "A Place of Waiting." The moors of Devon, England, are home to many ghosts, but none as fearsome as the red-eyed specter that refuses to accept his death. His only chance of release, however, comes at a terrible cost.
Orson Scott Card puts a new spin on one of literature's most famous ghosts in "Hamlet's Father." What if the former King of Denmark was not killed by his treacherous brother for his crown, but by someone entirely unexpected as punishment for the darkest of crimes? Would his troubled son still seek revenge?
The patrons of an Edinburgh tavern are introduced to a beverage with an unusual history in "The Haunted Single Malt" by Marvin Kaye, a clever and spooky story about ghost stories and the people who love them.
Tanith Lee offers "Strindberg's Ghost Sonata," a chilling tale set in an alternate Russia. When a poor man is rescued from certain death by hospitable strangers, he discovers that he is not a guest in their haunted tenement building--he is a prisoner destined to become a sacrifice.
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BEAUTIFUL DREAMER, by R.A. Lafferty
FROM THE TOMB, by Guy De Maupassant
THE VENGEANCE OF A TREE, by Eleanor F. Lewis
YOU CAN'T KILL A GHOST, by Frank Belknap Long
A FIGHT WITH A GHOST, by Q.E.D.
A CRY ACROSS THE BLACK WATER, by S. R. Crockett
A FRIENDLY EXORCISE, by Talmage Powell
MRS. DAVENPORT'S GHOST, by Frederick P. Schrader
COUSIN KELLY, by Fletcher Flora
GHOST OF BUCKSTOWN INN, by Arnold M. Anderson
THE HUNGRY GHOST, by Emil Petaja
GRAND-DAME'S GHOST STORY, by C.D.
THE STONE CHAMBER OF TAVERNDALE MANOR HOUSE, by Lady Mabel Howard
THE WATER GHOST OF HARROWBY HALL, by John Kendrick Bangs
THE PARLOR-CAR GHOST, by A Lady
THE THIRTEENTH BOAT, by George J. Rawlins
THE RETURN OF YEN-TCHIN-KING, by Lafcadio Hearn
THE SPECTRE OF TAPPINGTON, by Thomas Ingoldsby
I HAD A HUNCH, AND..., by Talmage Powell
THE BURGLAR'S GHOST, by Anonymous
A PHANTOM TOE, by Anonymous
THE PHANTOM WOMAN, by Anonymous
THE GHOSTS OF RED CREEK, by S. T.
THE PHANTOM HAG, by Anonymous
THE SPECTRE BRIDE, by Anonymous
HOW HE CAUGHT THE GHOST, by Anonymous
COLONEL HALIFAX'S GHOST STORY, by Anonymous
THE GHOST OF THE COUNT, by Anonymous
THE OLD MANSION, by Anonymous
A MISFIT GHOST, by Anonymous
AN UNBIDDEN GUEST, by Anonymous
THE DEAD WOMAN'S PHOTOGRAPH, by Anonymous
THE GHOST OF A LIVE MAN, by Anonymous
THE GHOST OF WASHINGTON, by Anonymous
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