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The Ghost Quartet

2.88 of 5 stars 2.88  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Do you believe in ghosts?

You will after reading these original short novels from four of today’s best writers of the fantastic.

Brian Lumley, a Grand Master of Horror and author of the popular Necroscope series, opens the collection with the tense “A Place of Waiting.” The moors of Devon, England, are home to many ghosts, but none as fearsome as the red-eyed specter that re
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Tor Books
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I have a general 'MEH' reaction to this book. It's unfortunate in the complete diversity of its contributions, which results in absolutely no common theme at all. I have to assume that Kaye was in a rush, or too starstruck (although that seems unlikely) to bother with more of a directive than 'GHOSTZZZ OK?'

Brian Lumley's The Place of Waiting was an incredibly generic "ghosts on the treacherous moors where The Hound of the Baskervilles was set" story. Which could have been fine - you pick up a gh
The Place of Waiting is horrifying in its implications and disturbing in its delivery. 3.5 stars

Hamlet's Father seems ever-so-familiar . . . until it is terribly, horribly, and all-too-believably NOT familiar. 4 stars
Jun 03, 2012 Andrew rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Don't read the 4th story and only read 2nd if you want a hamlet story
Recommended to Andrew by: No one
"The Place Of Waiting," by Brian Lumley.
An interesting tale of a man who recently lost his mother. He happens upon an area of hills and encounters 3 people and the place of waiting. He begins questioning his sanity as events unfold. The only thing I didn't understand was the mention of the main characters' toddler son. The only mention of him is a brief one in the beginning that he was in some shallow pool and playing. After that, nothing. Did the main character just abandon the toddler as the
Chrystal Hays
I picked this up with some hesitation....the cover art made me think of teen and young adult books. Too often, bad cover art hides a good collection, though. And the art is not bad, but just does not look "serious" to my eyes.

It is a collection of four novellas, and I enjoyed all of them, although the Tanith Lee story did not seem very ghostly, more like a fantasy romance, to me. Tanith Lee is a good writer, and so it was hardly a waste of time, but I had hoped for something a little different,
Not all stories hold up equally well in this anthology. Card's story was definitely a weak spot, even without touching on the controversial elements in the story. Tanith Lee's story is a bit uneven. However, the "The Place of Waiting," and "The Haunted Single Malt" are excellent in my opinion, though that could be because of my weakness for Scottish and English ghost stories.
4 stories, 2 are pretty good, 2 are not.
The good ones:
"Hamlet's Father" by Orson Scott Card
"The Haunted Single Malt" by Marvin Kaye

The ones to skip:
"The Place of Waiting" by Brian Lumley
"Strindberg's Ghost" by Tanith Lee

The Ghost Quartet is latter part of a series of novella or longer short fiction anthologies that include The Vampire Sextet and The Dragon Quintet edited by Marvin Kaye and published by the Science Fiction Book Club and Tor Books. The anthology was not very well received, and copies quickly made their way to bargain bins and discount shelves (which is where i found mine). Having read it through I pretty much join the general consensus that the collection is forgettable, with the notable exceptio ...more
Becky Hoffman
A friend told me about this book and that Card's story was a very controversial piece. So I picked up this book and read the Orson Scott Card story and yes, I agree, it was very controversial. I mean it's a re-telling of Hamlet and it was incredibly dark and...well I guess the only way to phrase it is perverted.

I also read the Tanith Lee story because I really like Tanith Lee, but I was really disappointed with this story. It was so boring and the plot didn't seem to go anywhere.

Unfortunately, I
I really enjoyed this group of eerie stories. Had never understood the story of Hamlet the way that Card portrayed it, and I will never look at the play again in the same way! It's always good to have a new perspective on a theme you think you know. I also enjoyed the 3 other stories, each with a different locale and different kind of spookiness, if you will. I hadn't read anything by Tanith Lee in ages, and was happy to find her particular blend of weird and lovely still intact. Stories to make ...more
First 3 stories held my attention. Last story was pretty unreadable. The first three would have received 4 stars. Last one got 1 star.
Kevin Gallan
i just couldn't get into the stories in this one....marvin kaye's story was the best.
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Orson Scott CArd's story was good. Going to read the rest now.
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MARVIN KAYE is the author of sixteen novels, including his Dickensian pastiche, The Last Christmas of Ebenezer Scrooge, now optioned to be made into a feature film, and his just-completed sequel to Frankenstein, as well as the terrifying Fantastique and Ghosts of Night and Morning; the SF cult classics, The Incredible Umbrella and (coauthored with Parke Godwin) The Masters of Solitude, and the cri ...more
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