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A deluxe edition with a chilling selection of original and classic short stories. The new tales, many of them published here for the first time, are written by today's top authors, and they bring a modern twist to the outstanding mix of intrigue that lurks in the furtive imagination of E.F. Benson, Henry James, Wilkie Collins, Washington Irving, Edith Wharton, Oscar Wilde, ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published September 24th 2015 by Flame Tree Publishing
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Karl
Jun 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
Contents:

008 - Forward by Dr. Dale Townshend
009 - Publishers Note
012 - "Stay Away from the Accordion Girl" by Jonathan Balog
923 - "The Man Who Went Too Far" by E. F. Benson
037 - "Audio Tour" by Trevor Boelter
044 - "The Messenger" by Robert W. Chambers
067 - "Ghost Farm" by Zach Chapman
072 - "Mrs Zant and the Ghost" by Wilkie Collins
095 - "The Return of Gunnar Kettilson" by Vonnie Winslow Crist
100 - "Flaming Fuses" by Donna Cuttress
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Olivia Ambrose
Mostly not super scary. Good mix of classics and new works. Some are better than others, but that's what happens in compilations. I wasn't super thrilled by any of this book and found myself skimming quite a bit. But gothic ghost stories isn't usually my genre, so take that how you will.
Wendy Sice
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a gorgeous looking book with a plethora of stories written in very small print, so expect it to take you awhile to read!

I was definitely in the mood for some ghost stories and enjoyed reading most of them. I wasn’t a fan of Poe’s Ligeia, or James’ The Altar of the Dead, mainly because they were overwritten in the verbose 19th century style. I was pleasantly surprised by the delightful ideas in The Five Jars and wanted to read more about the Right People. I managed a few shivers while re
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Jeff McIntosh
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm at the last few pages of this book, but feel I've read enough of it to give an accurate review.

The book itself is beautiful, with an embossed cover, and silver endpapers.

As for the contents...another matter entirely. Several of the authors are personally unknown to me..not to sat that's BAD - just that I don't know their work. However, I'd venture to guess that perhaps one third of the stories therein have nothing to do with ghosts. As an example, Conan Doyle's short
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☠ Michelle ☠
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
With a title like Chilling Ghost Short Stories, you'd think the collected stories would be spooky, right? If you said, "Yes," you would be wrong. The editor actually says in the preface that this collection is more of a study in the varied manner of ghosts, and the supernatural at large. But most people don't read that until the book is in their possession (at least I didn't), unlike the title! Can you say "misleading?"
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Look, most of these stories are good, strictly speaking. Maybe not stellar, exactly, but not awful, either. They simply do not scare, and if that's what you read ghost stories for (like me), then you will be disappointed (like me). The Man Who Went Too Far, and perhaps two or three others, were both new to me and were intriguing; the other worthwhile stories are already classics and are widely available elsewhere (The Monkey's Paw and The Canterville Ghost, for example).

If you scare easily or hate gore, but have a fondness for the fantastical, disregard the title and give this one a go. Everyone else, give it a pass, unless you like collecting pretty books for your personal library (because, hey, no denying the book design does look pretty cool in physical form).
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Kathryn
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This volume is one I had picked up as being apropos for my bedtime reading, and despite the subject matter, I very much enjoyed most of the stories in this book.

The stories come from famous and not-so-famous authors, and are set anywhere from ancient times and places to the 21st century. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde is more comic than scary, and The Bottle Imp by Robert Louis Stevenson is excellent. (I did not care for Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe, or for The Altar of the Dead by Henry James, bot
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Diana Ivette
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: volver-a-leer
Sin duda, un libro que recopila buenas historias que me han hecho entrar al mundo de paranormal. Las historia que se han escogido dentro de este tomo, no dan miedo como al leer a Stephen King, sin embargo, como inicio en este género, es una buena lectura
Devin
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good collection of traditional gothic short stories from renowned authors, as well as some new, more modern stuff.
Angela Elizabeth
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unexpectedly quite excellent anthology of contemporary and classic ghost/horror stories. Perfect for a stormy night with some wine and a cat to keep watch over you!
RJ
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked some stories. Some not so much. I didn't read them all, but I read most.
Bailey Peyton
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My foray with Flame Tree is finished (um... yeah, psyche! They've got an American Gothic anthology on the way, and that's right up my alley. Just taking my money, Flame Tree) and what a finale! Ghost stories themselves can exhaust their possibilities and get so stale you feel like you're reading a story on repeat. But this had it all, from parents punished by the sins of their past, scheming spouses, even a creepy creature or two. My rating stems from the stories I enjoyed, forgive the amount, ( ...more
Isabella
DNF: @ 15%

Seeing Crimson Peak sparked in me a fresh love for gothic stories, and upon seeing this in the bookstore, I felt that I needed to buy it; unfortunately, it has not lived up to my expectations.

None of the tales so far have intrigued me or even entertained me, let alone scared or 'chilled' me. It has a good collection of classic horror writers inside, but the majority (mainly the modern ones) is just so boring. I've read far greater horror stories online than I have i
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