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Real Ghost Stories

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William Thomas Stead (1849-1912) was an English journalist. He was born in Darlington, the son of a Congregational minister. He attended Silcoates School in Wakefield, but was early apprenticed in a merchant's office at Newcastle-on-Tyne. He soon gravitated into journalism, and in 1871 became editor of the Darlington Northern Echo. In 1880 he went to London to be assistant ...more
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Published June 6th 2009 by 1400 Road Marketing (first published 1921)
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Carrie Watson
Apr 30, 2012 Carrie Watson rated it really liked it
Very good and covered many interesting topics such as schizophrenia and dopplegangers as well as ghosts. Very interesting stories are noted throughout the book.

Carrie A. Watson
Nov 26, 2012 Curses rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a wonderful example of why a mountain of anecdotes is meaningless as proof of a phenomenon. (Of course, my pro-science bias is showing.) I expected more of a folk tale compendium, but this is more about premonition, astral projection, and other parlour science popular at the time. However, many of the stories presented as support for the existence of "another world" follow the patterns of folk tales, so I guess I still got a bit of what I came for.

As a historical text, I found it c
Shadarus Semloue
This book isn't so much about what we'd now consider 'ghost stories' than what appears to be a late 1800's psychologist's perspective.
It begins with stories of multiple personality syndrome, continues on with tales of and theories on the "thought body" (what we would now refer to as a doppelganger), describes a multitude of premonitions, and only near the end do we find accounts of actual 'ghosts' (apparitions of the dead or dying).
However, if you are willing to trudge through the rather verbose
Michael Mangold
Oct 18, 2010 Michael Mangold rated it liked it
Shelves: quit-reading
Made it 18% in before quitting, it just isn't what I expected. The totality of, at least the early chapters, is about split personalities, all told from a late 19th century perspective - the point being that we are vessels for multiple souls. I suspect this is a build-up to actual ghost stories, but I was hoping to jump right into the scary stuff.
May 16, 2014 Madhura rated it did not like it
Shelves: short-stories
Again, the curiosity of the unknown made me read this book. It was far too disappointing as the first part of the book talked about split personalities and the second about premonitions. Split personalities are explained in psychiatry, and premonitions certainly does not involve ghosts. The third part however talked about some apparitions, but I didn't find them convincing enough.
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W.T. Stead was an English newspaper editor who, as a pioneer of investigative journalism, became a controversial figure of the Victorian era. Stead published a series of hugely influential campaigns whilst editor of The Pall Mall Gazette, and he is best known for his 1885 series of articles, The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon, written in support of a bill to raise the age of consent from 13 to 1 ...more
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