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This anthology has 33 stories representing the last 180 years. Some are classics by famous writers and others are little known. Besides the frightening and bloodcurdling, there are also the witty and subtle, plus those that leave a feeling of unease and fear.

Included:
"The Beggarman of Locarno," Heinrich von Kleist
"The Entail," E.T.A. Hoffman
"Wandering Willie's Tale," Walte...more
Paperback, 504 pages
Published 1984 by Penguin Books
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Molly
I liked some of the stories in this book quite a bit, but a few of them dragged on and were not very entertaining. There were a lot of great authors and some of the classics were incredibly enjoyable, such as "The Monkey's Paw". I recommend it, but I also recommend skipping some of the stories if you're not dead set on reading the entire thing. "The Jolly Corner" was really slow, somewhat difficult, and it didn't even have a good payoff to make it worthwhile.
Ali
I bought this book a little while ago – fully intending to read it during Halloween week. I’m not especially fond of Halloween, although I don’t actually dislike it; I just thought it might be fun. As an aside, although I never read horror – or anything too dark, – I don’t find ghost stories scary – as I don’t believe in ghosts –I find much of what goes on in the real world to be far more frightening. I do however find that these kind of old fashioned ghost stories to be strangely cosy and absol...more
Libby
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories contains, as the forward warns, classics of the genre, excluding those stories that are still under copyright (no Poe) and those that are too lengthy to be included in a book of short fiction. All in all, a varied and largely satisfying collection of North American and British tales from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Non-spoilery comments on individual stories below:

“The Old Nurse's Story,” Elizabeth Gaskell
Narrated by an old, kindly nurse, a riv...more
Steven
Most of the stories in this collection made for enjoyable late night reading, with the exception of a tedious Henry James tale. These are mostly really old ghost stories, so the writing was at times challenging; it's a tasteful and artful collection, which was fine. The chills were sometimes somewhat less than chilling and a bit too refined, but it is,after all, A Penguin collection, and they don't do "tacky" (or do they? I have as yet to read anything lowbrow or tacky from them).Some of the wri...more
Eric Orchard
An excellent cross section of supernatural tales spanning about a hundred years. Not as exhaustive a survey as the two Oxford collections this one concentrates on some of the best samples or rather the most literary ones.

The introduction begins with an interesting discussion of the rise of short form writing, starting with Poe. And the tastes of Dickens as editor, when he accepting many ghost stories in periodicals he edited. I found this really interesting. Of all the books about supernatural s...more
Jien
I wasn't paying full attention to this book as I read it since I was mostly reading it on the train. Also, fifty pages near the end were missing so I missed the last six or so stories. It seemed pretty good though.
Max
"The Signal-Man" by Charles Dickens and "The Moonlit Road" by Ambrose Bierce were wonderful, and were my personal favourites out of all the stories
Deanne
Picked this up because it contains some of my favourite writers and some of my favourite stories.
Penny
Am slowly working my way through... some good stories.
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