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50 Great Ghost Stories

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Here is a terrifying collection of tales of the tortured souls doomed to roam the earth in search of redemption. You'll encounter such weird wanderers as: The Headless Mistress of Wellington Barracks, The Lurking Horror of Berkeley Square, The Love Maidens of China, The Spectral Cavalry Platoon, The Savage Head of the Hanged Man and many, many more.
Paperback, 560 pages
Published January 1st 1973 by Bantam Books (first published November 16th 1966)
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D. Hilliard
Oct 22, 2010 D. Hilliard rated it really liked it
A few weeks back I was delighted to learn I could buy Fifty Great Ghost Stories online, and proceeded immediately to do so. I had first purchased it over thirty years ago, while spending the summer at my Grandparents farm, and looked forward to reliving a bit of those days.
Now, after rereading the compilation through the eyes of an adult, I’m glad to say it didn’t let me down. But I do believe a word of warning should be given. If you go into this hoping to get a bunch of thrills and scares, you
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Armada Volya
I didn't like the style of... not even writing but rather the way these stories are told. It feels more like reading a text book on ghosts than a spooky, horrific adventure. I got through the first two stories and started to read the third when I gave up on it. It just wasn't capturing my attention.
If you're looking for accounts on ghost encounters, this might work for you, but for someone who needed to pass time on her way to work, it didn't cut it.
James
Jan 18, 2013 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I do not believe in ghosts, have never had any real-life experiences that would suggest to me their existence, I enjoy reading ghost stories, especially when they are well-written as are many in this anthology. The idea of an ethereal presentation of a dead person to the living is typical notion of a ghost, but psychic manifestations in general may be used to suggest the presence of the supernatural. In spite of the skepticism of scientists, such writers as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have been ...more
Michelle Elizabeth
I tried out the first few stories, but the writing was horrible: incredibly dry and devoid of any suspense. It's surprising that the stories were written by different people because they were all written in a similar, boring way. I guess that's just what the editor thought made a good compilation.
Kwende
Feb 18, 2015 Kwende rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Splendid collection of short stories set in England
Luke
Oct 03, 2013 Luke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book I first read as a young child, this is more a collection of folklore than of spooky tales. There's a selection from around the world, mostly couched in pretty dated - but quaint - language. None are later than the 1960s.

It's a good collection of older stories. Not blood-dripping, as my mother might say. Bonus points for the header illustrations with each story: if your copy lacks them, you're missing half the fun.
Jwjohnsen
I have always been a sucker for a good ghost story, but only two of the fifty made any of my hair stand on end, and only one got me so creeped out that I wanted to hide under the covers.
Theresa
Jul 24, 2011 Theresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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some of the stories are weird some are great
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