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Ghostly, Grim and Gruesome

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  6 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
"The Basket Chair" by Winston Graham
"The Face In The Mirror" by Denys Val Baker
"The Flowering of the Strange Orchid" by H.G. Wells
"The Forgiving Ghost" by C.B. Gilford
"Gone To The Dogs" by Miriam Allen deFord
"The Horse of The Invisible" by William Hope Hodgson
"Mason's Life" by Kingsley Amis
"The Peg-Doll" by Rosemary Timperley
"The Sale Of Midsummer" by Joan Aiken
Hardcover, 143 pages
Published April 1st 1976 by Thomas Nelson Inc (first published 1976)
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Sep 14, 2014 Shawn rated it really liked it
I grew up on anthologies for young people like these. Granted, at that time (the mid-70s), they were a dying form but luckily the bookmobile and dusty school libraries were a safe place for the format to curl up and mutate, and luckily for me I haunted those places as well.

What always impresses me, looking at these things as an adult, is that the choices of stories were made from, generally, the works of adult writers. Nothing against the Young Adult publishing model, but I still contend that wh
Jan 11, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The rating is for the only story I remember from this, "The Peg-Doll" by Rosemary Timperley, which scared the absolute SHIT out of me as a kid. I wonder if it holds up.
Nov 16, 2015 Joe added it
There were some good choices this time; the Face in the Mirror and the Sale of Midsummer were both alright, as was the Troll.
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“Life is such unutterable hell, solely because it is sometimes beautiful. If we could only be miserable all the time, if there could be no such things as love or beauty or faith or hope, if I could be absolutely certain that my love would never be returned: how much more simple life would be. One could plod through the Siberian salt mines of existence without being bothered about happiness. Unfortunately the happiness is there. There is always the chance (about eight hundred and fifty to one) that another heart will come to mine. I can't help hoping, and keeping faith, and loving beauty. Quite frequently I am not so miserable as it would be wise to be.” 221 likes
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