The big book of ghost stories

Format: Print Book 2012
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Summary
A spirited Black Lizard anthology with over a thousand pages of haunted--and haunting--ghost tales. Includes eerie vintage ghost illustrations.

The ghost story is perhaps the oldest of all the supernatural literary genres and has captured the imagination of almost every writer to put pen to the page. Here, Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler has followed his keen sense of the supernatural to collect the most chilling and uncanny tales in the canon. These spectral stories span more than a hundred years, from modern-day horrors by Joyce Carol Oates, Chet Williamson and Andrew Klavan, to pulp yarns from August Derleth, Greye La Spina, and M. L. Humphreys, to the atmospheric Victorian tales of Rudyard Kipling, Edith Wharton, and H. P. Lovecraft, not to mention modern works by the likes of Donald E. Westlake and Isaac Asimov that are already classics. Some of these stories have haunted the canon for a century, while others are making their first ghoulish appearance in book form. Whether you prefer possessive poltergeists, awful apparitions, or friendly phantoms, these stories are guaranteed to thrill you, tingle the spine, or tickle the funny bone, and keep you turning the pages with fearful delight.

Including such classics as "The Monkey's Paw" and "The Open Window" and eerie vintage illustrations, and also featuring haunted mansions, midnight frights, lovers from beyond the grave, rapping, tapping, wailing shades, and ghosts, ghouls, and specters galore! AlsoFeaturing haunted mansions, midnight frights, lovers from beyond the grave, rapping, tapping, wailing shades, and ghosts, ghouls, and specters galore!
Contents
Mr. Arcularis / Conrad Aiken
August heat / William Fryer Harvey
The shadowy third / Ellen Glasgow
The past / Ellen Glasgow
But at my back I always hear / David Morrell
The furnished room / O. Henry
Death's warm fireside / Paul Ernst
The advent reunion / Andrew Klavan
The return / R. Murray Gilchrist
The phantom rickshaw / Rudyard Kipling
The moonlit road / Ambrose Bierce
The story of Ming-Y / Lafcadio Hearn
Yuki-Onna / Lafcadio Hearn
Brickett Bottom / Amyas Northcote
How fear departed from the long gallery / E.F. Benson
Thing of darkness / G.G. Pendarves
The house of the nightmare / Edward Lucas White
The house in Half Moon Street / Hector Bolitho
A night of horror / Dick Donovan
The burned house / Vincent O'Sullivan
Harry / Rosemary Timperley
Make-believe / Michael Reaves
Playmate / A.M. Burrage
Just behind you / Ramsey Campbell
Adam and Eve and pinch me / A.E. Coppard
The lost boy of the Ozarks / Steve Friedman
A ghost's story / Mark Twain
In at the death / Donald E. Westlake
The ghost of Dr. Harris / Nathaniel Hawthorne
The everlasting club / "Inculphus"
Legal rites / Isaac Asimov and James MacCreigh
Death must die / Albert E. Cowdrey
The transferred ghost / Frank Stockton
The Canterville ghost / Oscar Wilde
Pacific 421 / August Derleth
The midnight el / Robert Weinberg
Punch and Judy / Frederick Cowles
The fireplace / Henry S. Whitehead
The night wire / H.F. Arnold
Smoke ghost / Fritz Leiber
Song of the dead / Wyatt Blassingame
The dream woman / Wilkie Collins
The adventure of the German student / Washington Irving
They found my grave / Joseph Shearing
Mrs. Morrel's last seĢance / Edgar Jepson
Night-side / Joyce Carol Oates
"Oh, whistle and I'll come to you my lad" / M.R. James
The monkey's paw / W.W. Jacobs
The toll-house / W.W. Jacobs
Afterward / Edith Wharton
Consequences / Willa Cather
The follower / Cynthia Asquith
The corner shop / Cynthia Asquith
The terrible old man / H.P. Lovecraft
The murderer's violin / Erckmann-Chatrian
The open window / Saki
Laura / Saki
What was it? / Fitz-James O'Brien
Full fathom five / Alexander Woollcott
He cometh and he passeth by / H.R. Wakefield
Thurnley Abbey / Perceval Landon
The woman's ghost story / Algernon Blackwood
The angel of the Marne / Victor Rousseau
The shell of sense / Olivia Howard Dunbar
The avenging of Ann Leete / Marjorie Bowen
The dead-wagon / Greye LaSpina
A soul with two bodies / Urann Thayer
The ghosts of Steamboat Coulee / Arthur J. Burks
The considerate hosts / Thorp McClusky
The fifth candle / Cyril Mand
The return of Andrew Bentley / August Derleth and Mark Schorer
The floor above / M.L. Humphreys
School for the unspeakable / Manly Wade Wellman
Mordecai's pipe / A.V. Milyer
He walked by day / Julius Long
Behind the screen / Dale Clark
Journey into the kingdom / M. Rickert
Mr. Saul / H.R.F. Keating
Coventry carol / Chet Williamson.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This is not an exhaustive collection, but it is certainly comprehensive. It's broken into 13 thematic sections and covers more than a century of stories. It's got everything from doomed love to seances to a little comic relief (Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde both appear). There are also some canonical classics, for the sake of completeness, including The Monkey's Paw, which remains a masterwork of atmospheric creepiness no matter how many times one reads it, one by Edith Wharton, and a pair by master storyteller Saki. The three contemporary stories presented at the end stand up quite nicely to the weight of the more classic works. Penzler has done an excellent job of collecting interesting, unnerving, and fascinating stories as well as providing nifty tidbits in the introductions. Reading most of these stories just before trying to sleep, though, is not recommended.--Schroeder, Regina Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The literary ghost comes in all shapes, sizes, and predispositions, and an impressive variety flits through Penzler's latest mountain-sized omnibus (after Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!). There are urban ghosts in Fritz Leiber's "Smoke Ghost" and rural ghosts in Arthur J. Burks's "The Ghosts of Steamboat Coulee"; physical ghosts in Perceval Landon's "Thurnley Abbey" and faux ghosts in Saki's "The Open Window"; funny ghosts in Oscar Wilde's "The Canterville Ghost" and deadly serious ghosts in Ramsey Campbell's "Just Behind You." The most disturbing ghosts-among them the spurned lover in Rudyard Kipling's "The Phantom Rickshaw" and the neglected child in Ellen Glasgow's "The Shadowy Third"-are those whose persisting affections after death have curdled into an unholy hold on the living. The contents emphasize the classic over the contemporary, and though there are a few notable omissions (J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Henry James), there's enough in this volume to please both dilettantes and devotees among ghost story readers. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Vintage crime/Black Lizard.
Subjects Ghost stories, English.
Ghost stories, American.
Ghost stories.
Short stories.
Publisher New York :Vintage Books,2012
Other Titles Ghost stories
Contributors Penzler, Otto.
Language English
Notes "A Black Lizard publication"--Cover.
"The most complete collection of uncanny, spooky, creepy tales ever published"--Cover.
Description xii, 833 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
ISBN 9780307474490 (pbk.)
0307474496 (pbk.)
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