Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Great Ghost Stories” as Want to Read:
Blank 133x176
Great Ghost Stories
Joseph Lewis French
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Great Ghost Stories

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  466 ratings  ·  16 reviews
A collection of short ghost stories:

The House and the Brain by Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The Roll-Call of the Reef by A.T. Quiller-Couch
The Open Door by Mrs. Margaret Oliphant
The Deserted House by Ernest Theodor Amadeus Hoffman
The Mysterious Sketch by Erckmann-Chatrian
Green Branches by Fiona Macleod
The Four-Fifteen Express by Amelia B. Edwards
The Were-Wolf by H.B. Marryatt
Published October 24th 2012 by Project Gutenberg (first published 1918)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Great Ghost Stories, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Great Ghost Stories

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.39  · 
Rating details
 ·  466 ratings  ·  16 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Great Ghost Stories
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is a fine collection of classic ghost stories. You'll fine 12 ghost stories like "The House And The Brain" (Bulwer-Lytton), "The Deserted House" (E.T.A. Hoffmann), "The Withered Arm" (Hardy), "Clarimonde" (I absolutely love this story by Gautier), "The Were-Wolf" (brilliant new twist to the old legend by H.B. Marryatt), "The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral" (you'll never forget those eerie carved figures told in that M.R. James story). Highly recommended if you're looking for a cool chill do ...more
Nancy Oakes
I wasn't going to read this book until we were snug in our cabin next week (there's nothing like outdoor forest night noise to add ambiance to a collection of ghost stories) but it kept calling to me whenever I'd pass by it on the shelves so I had to.

Joseph Lewis French did not author any of the stories in this book; he was more like a collator, putting together twelve ghostly/supernatural tales in this collection which was published by Dodd Mead in 1918. I had no clue what I was getting when I
Derek Davis
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This 1918 collection is very much a child of its time, though it includes ancestors reaching back 100 years. It's most interesting as a study of what a "ghost" or generally supernatural story was thought to be at the tag-end of the era of spiritualism and rampant scientific optimism. As a signpost, the foreword was written by the secretary of the British Society for Psychical Research.

The stories in themselves are mostly a lot of fun to read, and you'll run across quite a few interesting authors
Jim Dooley
A nice collection of classic, supernatural short stories. The title is misleading because a number of the tales have nothing to do with ghosts, such as THE WERE-WOLF by H. B. Marryatt. I found them to be entertaining, nonetheless.

I'd only read one of the stories previously, THE HOUSE AND THE BRAIN which I recalled under a different title, THE HAUNTED AND THE HUNTERS. It opens the book and is definitely a chilling tale.

Being public domain stories, they do not feature the brisk pace that may be
Tim Petersik
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm guessing these stories all date from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s. If you can place yourself in the period and its way of thinking, they're not bad at all. Some are even creepy by today's standards. I downloaded it free from Amazon. ...more
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Gillian Kevern
I know better than to read ghost stories late at night. The thing is, during the day I have enough energy and self control that I don't read ghost stories, and this means that at night, I've used up all my self-denial, so I do read the ghost stories. And then this happens. ...more
Jewell Moreno
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All these stories were written in the late eighteen hundreds early nineteen hundreds. Book was originally published in 1918, and can only be found in Kindle now. Recognized some of the authors, such as M. R. James,,,but most were new to me. Wasn't only ghost stories, but also, were wolfs, vampires, and such. A well rounded collection of old fashioned horror. There wasn't a bad story in the group, and I have a special appreciation for older literature.
Elizabeth Kral
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great ghost/paranormal stories

All of the stories are worthwhile and different. I especially liked the last one, but that favoritism does not diminish my esteem for and enjoyment of the others. The language is antiquated but added to the charm of the narration of such absurd events.
Jacob Kadwell
Dated but a couple good stories.

Many of these stories... ok all of them are quite dated but some were ok reads. I did enjoy a couple of them.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Old-timey ghost stories for sure, I love the foreword by a respectable LL.D. People back then believed this stuff for realz. I wasn't scare even once. Not to say that I don't enjoy some of the style, but it was somewhat of a let down, I've read tons of ghost stories from the likes of M.R James that were much scarier. One of the highlights was ETA Hoffman, I love his manic style that paints a weird atmosphere for no real purpose other than being a big weirdo. ...more
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great read. I'm curious about the genre, the who, what, where, when and why that when structured by a writer, the classic themes of ghosts and the supernatural continuously to captivate the imagination.This book offered a wide range of stories, some if which were identified as being translated into English. ...more
Virginia Corley
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite the age of the stories they were remarkably fascinating. I lost myself in recollections of pie and h.p. Lovecraft. Kindle is becoming a fast friend. Excellent short read for Halloween 🌙
Rebecca Kopyc
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

A very good selection of stories. I highly recommend to everyone to buy this book. You shall definitely enjoy it.
faith Cazares
rated it really liked it
Sep 21, 2016
Auth Laurie
rated it really liked it
May 03, 2015
Paul Barth
rated it did not like it
Jun 24, 2014
Kiyah Herbin
rated it it was amazing
Jun 19, 2015
Taylor Binkley
rated it liked it
Aug 04, 2015
Autumn  Peyton
rated it it was amazing
May 23, 2016
Cheri Lang
rated it did not like it
Mar 24, 2014
Jennifer Levine
rated it really liked it
May 26, 2016
Jenna Emsaytif
rated it it was amazing
Sep 09, 2016
rated it liked it
Nov 16, 2014
rated it it was amazing
Mar 01, 2014
Joy Whitacre
rated it it was ok
Jun 15, 2014
Stephenie Priest
rated it did not like it
Nov 04, 2014
morrissa valasek
rated it it was amazing
Jan 07, 2016
Nathalie Gagnon
rated it really liked it
Nov 28, 2016
rated it it was ok
Oct 30, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Solar Storm (Survival EMP Book 1)
  • The Wasteland Series: Complete Omnibus of the Post-Apocalyptic Series
  • الغرفة الحمراء
  • A Map of the World
  • Passing
  • The Crafter's Dynasty (Dungeon Crafting #6)
  • Star Wars: Jedi Academy 3: The Phantom Bully (Jedi Academy, #3)
  • Silverswift
  • Dragon Ball, Vol. 1: The Monkey King (Dragon Ball, #1)
  • Jim Henson's The Storyteller
  • Pythias
  • The Dope on Mars
  • The Fifth Queen
  • Minor Detail
  • Time and the Gods
  • Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Witches
  • Jim Henson's Tale of Sand
  • Jim Henson's The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow
See similar books…

Related Articles

Thirty-four years after the publication of her dystopian classic, The Handmaid's Tale, Atwood returns to continue the story of Offred. We talked...
370 likes · 58 comments