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The Upper Berth

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  90 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Every now and again, the smell sea water permeates the air, as if the cabin had been flooded and never properly repaired. The porthole opens repeatedly in the night with no conceivable reason. And the last few passengers who have slept in the upper berth have run through the ship like men possessed to throw themselves into the ocean. Mr. Brisbane, resident of the lower ber ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1886)
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Jan 10, 2011 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of classic horror, excellent ghost stories
Brilliantly creepy. I read it in Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories, and it was one of the standout stories in that volume. I definitely want to reread this one!
Oct 19, 2014 Jason rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ghost Story Peeps
Recommended to Jason by: The Complete Wandering Ghosts
I reckon it's a complete coincidence that there was a ghost on today's episode of The Love Boat. (Please don't judge; I didn't have the clicker). That ghost was encouraging his... widowed wife?... to pick a new mate... I think. (I wasn't paying close attention, and was trying to read this at the same time). The Love Boat ghost was played by Jimmie Walker.

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Thankfully the ghost on the ship in this story was nowhere near as obnoxious. The story itself was nothing special, and I was tempted to give
Jul 25, 2007 Synchro rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Horror Fans Young And Old
This was one of the first stories that really freaked me out as a child. A must read for all horror fans young and old.
Wieder einmal reist Aldous Brisbane auf einem Dampfer über das Meer. Er ist ein erfahrener Seereisender und kaum etwas kann ihn noch aus der Fassung bringen. Er liebt es auf ihm bereits bekannten Schiffen zu reisen, nur diesmal hat er einen ihm unbekannten Dampfer gewählt. Seine Kabine mit der Nummer 105 liegt im Untedeck und mit ihr scheint etwas nicht ganz in Ordnung zu sein. Es riecht salzig muffig und auch der Steward ist sehr nervös als er seinen Koffer in die Kabine bringt.
Aldous Brisbane
Rhonda Davis
I first came in contact with an abridged version of this story in grade school. it was a children's book series called "Famous tales of suspense" titled, "The Nightmare Ship" adapted by I. M. Richardson. I never learned until recently what the original story was, or who was the author. I bought an audiobook compilation titled "great classic suspense", and F. Marion Crawford's short story was amongst the titles. how giddy was I to finally experience the story in it's original form! it did not of ...more
I'd read Crawford's Upper Berth before, and enjoyed it, but decided to give it another read after The Woman in Black left me in the mood for a good, old fashioned ghost story. The Upper Berth did not disappoint-it is still one of the best.
Mr Brisbane details his adventures after booking a lower berth in a haunted stateroom on the steamship Kamtschatka.

This is a classic horror short story by F Marion Crawford.

A ghost story on a boat. Brilliantly executed, but yes, a tad anti-climactic.
A little anti climactic...but a good old ghost story, nevertheless.
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Francis Marion Crawford (1854-1909) was an American writer noted for his many novels. He was born at Bagni di Lucca, Italy. In 1879 he went to India, where he studied Sanskrit and edited the Allahabad Indian Herald. Returning to America he continued to study Sanskrit at Harvard University for a year, contributed to various periodicals, and in 1882 produced his first novel, Mr Isaacs. This book had ...more
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