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"The ghosts of fiction were not killed off by the advent of the electric light, the invention of the telephone, the coming of the motor car, or even by the once unthinkable horrors of technological warfare. Instead they took over the trappings, landscapes, and cultural assumptions of the twentieth century for their ancient purposes." Thus Michael Cox introduces The Oxford ...more
Hardcover, 425 pages
Published October 31st 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1996)
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Werner
Jul 08, 2011 Werner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of supernatural fiction, esp. of ghost stories
August 18, 2010
Coming from the same publisher (with a justified world-class reputation for quality) as The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories, which I recently finished reading and reviewing, this collection is edited by one of the co-editors of the latter work. Not surprisingly, these volumes display a similar philosophy, and high standard, of selection, and a certain overlap of literary territory; no less than 13 of the included contributors here are represented in the earlier book --though
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M
Aug 21, 2015 M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this collection up purely for the Robert Aickman story, since his books are almost nowhere to be found in the States. I then went back and started reading from the beginning. Am enjoying the various ghost stories from writers like Graham Greene, Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Ingrid
3.5 stars

The introduction, were I to give it a rating, would be 5 stars. I especially enjoyed the bit detailing the connection between ghost stories and social issues.

Favorites (and my recommendations for those who dislike reading anthologies straight through):
• "Night-Fears" by L. P. Hartley
• "A Short Trip Home" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
• "Yesterday Street" by Thomas Burke
• "Smoke Ghost" by Fritz Leiber
• "The Tower" by Marghanita Laski
• "Poor Girl" by Elizabeth Taylor
• "A Woman Seldom Found" by Wi
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Percy
Jan 27, 2015 Percy rated it it was amazing
I think I can confidently say that this is the best collection of horror stories I've ever read. There were a few weak stories in the bunch, but the good ones more than made up for it. Not all of them were frightening. Some were humorous, others heart-warming. The mix of stories was a pleasant surprise. Standouts included:

"In the Dark" by E. Nesbit
"The Blackmailers" By Algernon Blackwood
"Yesterday Street" by Thomas Burke
"Smoke Ghost" By Fritz Leiber Jr.
"Three Miles Up" By Elizabeth Jane Howard
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Jenny Donovan
Jun 03, 2016 Jenny Donovan rated it really liked it
Great read! This book was a culmination of many interesting ghost stories wrong throughout the twentieth century, including one by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I thoroughly enjoyed reading each story and seeing how the style of writing changed over the course of the century.
Adam
Sep 02, 2013 Adam rated it really liked it
Its a mixed bag, like anything like this will be, but some brilliant stories in this book:

William Trevor - The Only Story
Fritz Leiber - The Smoke Ghost
F Scott Fitzgerald - The Short Trip Home

Any of the above would be worth the price of the whole book really.
Jenny
Oct 23, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
I was pretty iffy about this book. I haven't had the best track record with ghost stories. But this one was really good. I couldn't believe it. I highly recommend this book to anyone whose into ghost/horror stories.
Olivia
Jul 23, 2013 Olivia rated it really liked it
A great mix of short stories, from your scary stories to the more unconventional so didn't seem like your stereotypical ghost story book, still not to be read before bed though!
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Michael Andrew Cox was an English biographer, novelist and musician.
He also held the position of Senior Commissioning Editor of reference books for Oxford University Press.
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