Ghost stories : classic tales of horror and suspense

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Summary
A masterful collection of ghost stories that have been overlooked by contemporary readers--including tales by celebrated authors such as Charles Dickens, Sir Walter Scott, Mark Twain, and Edith Wharton--presented with insightful annotations by acclaimed horror anthologists Leslie S. Klinger and Lisa Morton.

The ghost story has long been a staple of world literature, but many of the genre's greatest tales have been forgotten, overshadowed in many cases by their authors' bestselling work in other genres. In this spine-tingling anthology, little known stories from literary titans like Charles Dickens and Edith Wharton are collected alongside overlooked works from masters of horror fiction like Edgar Allan Poe and M. R. James.

Acclaimed anthologists Leslie S. Klinger ( The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes ) and Lisa Morton ( Ghosts: A Haunted History ) set these stories in historical context and trace the literary significance of ghosts in fiction over almost two hundred years--from a traditional English ballad first printed in 1724 up to the science fiction-tinged tales of the early twentieth century.

In bringing these masterful tales back from the dead, Ghost Stories will enlighten and frighten both longtime fans as well as new readers of the genre.

Including stories by:

Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, M. R. James, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Walter Scott, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, and more.
Contents
Sweet William's ghost (a popular ballad)
The family portraits / Johann August Apel
The tapestried chamber, or The lady in the square / Sir Walter Scott
Gray champion / Nathaniel Hawthorne
Ligeia / Edgar Allan Poe
No. 1 branch line: The signalman / Charles Dickens
Since I died / Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Mrs. Zant and the ghost / Wilkie Collins
An inhabitant of Carcosa / Ambrose Bierce
The last of Squire Ennismore / Charlotte (Mrs. J.H.) Riddell
The philosphy of relative existences / Frank Stockton
The real right thing / Henry James
The lady's maid's bell / Edith Wharton
A ghost story / Mark Twain
Oh, whistle and I'll come to you, my lad / M. R. James
The shell of sense / Olivia Howard Dunbar
The bowmen / Arthur Machen
The substitute / Georgia Wood Pangborn.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Rising smoothly above the acres of anthologies of 19th- and early-20th-century weird and supernatural fiction, author Morton and anthologist Klinger combine brilliant stories by obscure writers (such as Elizabeth Stuart Phelps's unflinching "Since I Died") with obscure stories by famous writers (such as Henry James's "The Real Right Thing," in which a dead author may not wish anyone to write his biography) to create an outstanding work that serves equally as scholarship and entertainment. The stories chosen form a multifaceted depiction of the ghost story over time, with special attention paid to elements such as political ghosts, explicitly Spiritualist pieces, and, in one fascinating case, two writers tackling identical subject matter a generation apart: Olivia Howard Dunbar's "The Shell of Sense" is decidedly, and brilliantly, in dialogue with Phelps's story. There are frightening pieces, funny pieces, heart-wrenching pieces, and outright propaganda, and the few stories that have been frequently anthologized elsewhere justify their presence through their contributions to the book's thematic discussion. This is a work of art, a pleasure to read, and a serious and welcome contribution to the study of the ghost story in English. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Ghost stories, English.
Ghost stories, American.
Ghost stories.
Paranormal fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
Contributors Morton, Lisa, 1958- editor.
Klinger, Leslie S., editor.
Language English
Description xiv, 257 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781643130200
164313020X
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