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3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  576 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Compiled by Charles Dickens, and counting Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie
Collins among its contributors,The Haunted House is an ingenious tale of the supernatural with touches of pure Dickensian comedy. When the narrator espies a deserted house from his railway carriage, he cannot resist the challenge of taking up residence in a place no one else will inhabit. Local legend h
Paperback, 126 pages
Published October 12th 2004 by Modern Library (first published 1859)
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This book was my first attempt at reading a full-length Dickens novel. Unfortunately, I didn't realize until I'd got home from the library that it was a collection of short stories, a collective round robin of Victorian literary minds. This didn't detract me though, and I'm very glad. Though Dickens only contributed a few short chapters to the "novel," he orchestrated the whole scheme, and his humor and affinity for the supernatural was present throughout the work. This was a very enjoyable read ...more
"The Haunted House" is an "exquisite corpse"-style novella, created by Dickens for his own literary journal, and published originally in installments. Fitting in with several of his Christmas ghost stories ("A Christmas Carole" obviously being the best loved and known), this tale is great fun because Dickens asked several of his novelist friends such as Wilkie Collins and Elizabeth Gaskell to contribute a chapter. Dickens wrote the first chapter, a middle section that is shockingly experimental, ...more
Max Fincher
Published in 1862 in the periodical, 'All the Year Round', 'The Haunted House' is a portmanteau of seven 'ghost' stories including a narrative poem, by different authors that Dickens invited to contribute to an annual Christmas collection. These authors included Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins, both personal friends of Dickens. However, if the reader is expecting full-blown supernatural Gothic effects, he/she may be disappointed. However, it is a collection that repays reading to appreciate ...more
Pete daPixie
Once more my foray into the library fiction shelves was rushed. I quickly grabbed this thinking I was going to read a spooky tale by Charles Dickens. 'The Haunted House' it turns out, is a collection of short stories. 'The Mortals in the House' by Dickens. 'The Ghost in the Clock Room' by Hesba Stretton. 'The Ghost in the Double Room' by George Augustus Sala. 'The Ghost in the Picture Room' (a poem) by Adelaide Anne Procter. 'The Ghost in the Cupboard Room' by Wilkie Collins. 'The Ghost in Maste ...more
Jody Mena
An interesting concept for an anthology of short stories, very unique! The introduction and setting of the Haunted House was creepy and funny, and created a vivid atmosphere for the stories, so that though they were extremely varied, they always hand an air of mystery, as well as a bridge between their widely differing genres and styles. The ending of the book fell a bit flat for me though, since the ghostly activity from the beginning of the book was never sufficiently resolved, and just seemed ...more
David Harrison
After reading several reviews, I knew before reading this book that it was not a traditional haunted house story and so was not disappointed in that manner. The hauntings are more of a psychological or traumatic nature - many of which seem to have no relation to the house itself.

I chose to read this book as I am a fan of Dickens in general, and wanted some 'light' reading. This book was gifted to me and seemed like a good choice. Overall, the short stories were engaging, some more than others.
This book is an anthology of short stories by Charles Dickens and his circle of Victorian Age writer-friends. My book group focused on the following stories:

Dickens, "The Mortals in the House,"
Wilkie Collins, "The Ghost in the Cupboard Room," and
Elizabeth Gaskell, "The Ghost in the Garden Room."

In the first, which serves as an introduction to the collection, Dickens sets the stage for a series of ghost stories by describing a sojourn in a haunted house. However, the other stories depart from
Elizabetha S.
Una estrella por los cuentos (simplemente DECEPCIONANTES)
Cinco estrellas por el oficio(Están escritos de manera EXCELENTE)
Opinión visceral: 1 estrella

Es un libro COMPLETAMENTE PRESCINDIBLE. Si no lo leen nunca, no se perderán de nada. Me dio la impresión que Dickens y sus amigos no tenían nada mejor que hacer,que juntarse a escribir unos cuantos relatos narrados genialmente,con una trama pésima, que no tienen ni por asomo elementos de misterio o terror. Si buscas un libro que tenga estos element
My problem with The Haunted House is based entirely on my expectations, which I based on the jacket description promising "an ingenious, multi-authored tale of the supernatural." Dickens, acting as ringmaster for a host of his literati friends, does in fact provide a brilliant conceit wherein the narrator becomes taken with a haunted house and decides to shack up there with a house party and have each guest expose, room by room, the supernatural shenanigans within. However, by the end of the sec ...more
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
It was boring.. I tried to find the mystery and horror in it,but all my efforts were in vain. After reading it,I read many of the reviews and saw that most people felt it to be some big deal. So may be I missed something. But as things stand,it was boring,dull and draggy.
Stefano Di Somma
Le stanze dei fantasmi è sicuramente uno di quei libri da leggere, se non altro per il fatto di rientrare tra i classici. Le storie sono scritte da Charles Dickens e da autori suoi contemporanei. Proprio grazie a questa caratteristica ci troviamo davanti una raccolta di racconti diversa di capitolo in capitolo.
Non sono vere e proprie storie di fantasmi come comunemente si potrebbe pensare leggendo il titolo. Esattamente con lo stile di Dickens, questa raccolta racconta dei fantasmi che abitano,
"Alla fine tutti ci siamo persi in questo caos quotidiano,in mille pensieri diversi,e ora viviamo indolenti una vita di vaghi rimorsi; eppure qualcuno ci tiene il posto e aspetta paziente che torniamo a occuparlo,senza pretendere niente..."

Le stanze dei fantasmi è un romanzo corale,scritto in parte da Dickens e in parte da altri autori suoi contemporanei. La storia inizia con il trasferimento di Joe e Patty, fratello e sorella, in una tenuta di campagna, oggetto di strane storie da parte dei cit
Grace Harwood
My edition of this book contains a review by Peter Ackroyd which reads: "The Haunted House is of the utmost significance for anyone interested in exploring the genius of Charles Dickens"; and that, in my opinion, says it all. If you are interested in Dickens/studying Dickens/need to do a bit of extraneous reading to flesh out your essay on Dickens - then read this book. If the answer is that you are none of the above, then don't bother. The premise of the book is a very Christmassy one - it invo ...more
Un homme emménage dans une maison ancienne qui a la réputation d'être hantée. Lorsque ses domestiques finissent par tous s'enfuir suite à des rencontres avec le surnaturel, il décide, suivant le conseil de sa soeur, de donner une dernière chance à cette maison avant de s'en débarrasser. Il décide d'y vivre sans aide (lire : sans domestiques) avec des amis proches, qui selon lui sont des personnes tout aussi éclairées que lui et qui ne seront pas influencées par ces balivernes de rumeurs de fantô ...more
Deb Atwood
The Haunted House is an anthology of connected stories, three of which Charles Dickens wrote, the others penned by writers of his time. The premise is that the narrator, for reasons of health (have you noticed how prominent discussions of health are in Victorian literature?) rents a country house for three months with his sister. They fall in love with the house and decide to invite their friends to stay with them. Because the house is reputedly haunted, the guests decide that on their last nigh ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Elerwen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elerwen by: Luigi Cecchi
Divorato. Letteralmente. Grandi nomi per bellissimi racconti, collegati tra loro da una storia di base, alcuni veramente degni di nota.
Non può proprio mancare nella propria libreria!
Wils Cain
If you're waiting on my every review - you'll know I don't really like short story collections. This caught my eye because the title, and, well, the length (have to get through 100 books this year, yo). I didn't realize it was a collection of short stories and that the stories are really about a haunted house. Kind of disappointing all around because I had different expectations. Although, the length didn't disappoint.
Avete visto che copertina fantastica?! *-* La mia prima nota va alla casa editrice e all'illustratore che hanno fatto un lavoro eccezionale.

Se il titolo vi attira perchè si citano i fantasmi e siete attratti da una possibile ambientazione gotica vi devo fermare perchè quando ci troviamo a parlare di Dickens niente è come sembra.
Questo esperimento, diretto dalla sua mente geniale, ha unito sei dei maggiori autori del periodo vittoriano: lo stesso Dickens (che scrive tre storie quella di apertuna,
Maria D'Isidoro

In every edition I've found, only the first and second chapter are included, and I'm pretty certain from reading the comments that there are supposed to be other chapters by other authors. I'm not going to rate this until I find the complete story and can finish THAT.

Dickens, Gaskell e Collins ma anche gli altri tre autori che prestano la loro bravura al fine di assemblare questa raccolta di storie dovrebbero essere sinonimo di garanzia.
Devo però purtroppo dire che, da questo libro, mi aspettavo di più.
Sarà forse il fatto che è stato scritto a più mani e quindi i diversi stili narrativi si sentono ed è difficile starci dietro, sta di fatto che più di qualche volta ho perso il filo del discorso poichè il punto di vista cui vengono narrate
So, an interesting concept for a novel. Dickens wrote the beginning and closing chapters as well as a story in the middle but the other pieces are written by other Victorian authors. The first chapter is perhaps the best in my opinion with great characterization and some hilarious remarks, but the rest of the book doesn't seem to hold up to this standard.

Each author took his own perspective on the first chapter and submitted a follow-through short story that wasn't always the most detailed or fl
Mike Steven
The premise of the book is that the narrator has bought a new house that servants refuse to stay in. He then invites a number of his friends to stay over Christmas then, on Twelfth Night, they meet up and tell the stories of their stay. Each story is then written by a different writer with contributors including Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins.

It has to be said that the book doesn't entirely turn out to be what it promises and it feels more like a collection of short stories loosely hung up
“L’uomo è per natura credulo, incredulo, pauroso, temerario.”
Blaise Pascal, Pensieri, 1670

Le stanze dei fantasmi (The haunted house, 1859) è fra i migliori progetti letterari che Charles Dickens ideò e pubblicò a puntate sul suo noto periodico All the year round; invece di una semplice raccolta di racconti, pianificò un canovaccio della storia che doveva tenere a soggetto le paure più assurde (eppure comuni) all’umanità, scrisse una cornice (sono suoi il prologo, un racconto centrale e l’epilo
Jag tycker att det är en sådan fruktansvärt bra tanke bakom The Haunted House. Charles Dickens har skrivit tre av bokens åtta kapitel och sedan låtit samtida författare fylla ut resten av historien i form av sammanhängande noveller. Allt publicerades i en tidning som hette All the Year Around under 1859. Jag har absolut ingen aning om hur det har gått till men förutom Dickens egna bidrag kan vi även läsa bidrag av Hesba Stretton, George Augustus Sala, Adelaide Anne Procter, Wilkie Collins och El ...more
Tim Cole
Reason for reading:
I was keen to read one of Dickens’ famous ghost stories and with this being part of the bargain Oneworld Classics collection I was even keener to take a look…

About the book:
The narrator discovers and moves into an allegedly haunted house, dismissing the fears of the locals. He invites friends to stay for Christmas and allocates a room to each of them. It is agreed that none of them will reveal anything they have experienced until Twelfth Night. Then they gather together to tel
Confesso candidamente che questo è il secondo Dickens che leggo e apprezzo (il primo è "Il canto di Natale" anche se molti mi dicono che non vale).
Se cercate una classica storia di fantasmi, non leggete questo perché ne rimarrete delusi; ma se cercate un libro in cui trovare qualcosa di profondo e non scontato, allora leggetelo perché è proprio quello che fa per voi.
Catherine Siemann
Having just finished The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories, I thought I'd stay within the realm of Our Victorian Forebears, who loved telling ghost stories at Christmas. But while Dickens's own introduction suggests it's going to be one of that sort of ghost story, it turns out the hauntings in this novel are the hauntings of people's pasts. There are some lovely and some sad stories, by an all-star group including Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Elizabeth Gaskell, as well as other contributor ...more

The ghost story is a lie. Seriously. Not really a haunted house. I'm pretty sure the characters in the story just wrote their own stories to show off to the others, and used the haunted house as an excuse to impress their friends with their literary talents. I think that was intentional. I honestly have no idea. So confused. Honestly though - I don't really mind. The short stories were great, and written by some of the greatest Victorian English writers. It gave me a pleasant evening.
One of Dickens’ Christmas annuals, I actually felt rather bad for the guy while reading this. As Wesley Stace explains in the introduction, Dickens gave the writers he assembled to pen the special—including Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins—very specific instructions for what he wanted and how he wanted all the stories in the collection to fit together; these were almost completely ignored. In fact, pretty much only Dickens’ own story sticks to his original premise. Thus, while the individ ...more
This book was an unexpected delight. I had never even heard of it before when I found it in a bookshop in London. It sounded rather interesting, and I was intrigued by the collaboration of Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins (along with a few others) with Charles Dickens. On first glance, I thought it was simply a collection of short stories, but I was surprised to discover how they all worked together.
I began reading this just before Halloween, thinking it an appropriate time, but it would ha
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