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The ghost story has long been a staple of world literature, but many of the genre's greatest tales have been forgotten, overshadowed in many cases by their authors' bestselling work in other genres. In this spine-tingling anthology, little known stories from literary titans like Charles Dickens and Edith Wharton are collected alongside overlooked works from masters of horr ...more
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Published April 2nd 2019 by Pegasus Books
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Julie
Ghost Stories: Classic Tales of Horror and Suspense by Leslie Klinger and Lisa Morton is a 2019 Pegasus Books publication.

This is a small collection of classic ghost stories written by some very recognizable influences, such as Dickens, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Wilkie Collins, and Charlotte Riddell just to name a few. Some of the stories have been passed around for ages and are well known, while others are far more obscure.

The most interesting tidbit, to me, is that ghost stories were commonly
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Милен Димитров
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Изключително приятна компилация от истории с призраци от класически автори. Някои от читателите много добре знаят какво да очакват, особено ако вече са чели подобните сборници на издателство Изток-Запад "Призраци за Хелоуин", "Призрачният Дилижанс" и "Глас в Нощта". Лиза Мортън и Лесли С. Клингър са съставителите на този сборник, а преди всеки разказ има кратка интродукция за атора, творчеството му и конкретната история. Самите разкази са доста разнообразни, като един от тях (сигурно се досещате ...more
Terzah
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
With Halloween coming, I switched from Christmas stories for a millisecond to read this excellent collection of classic ghost stories. If you think you need loads of gore and violence to be scared, try this out. It will scare you old-school. There's some fine general story-telling here, too. My favorite was the Edith Wharton selection, "The Lady's Maid's Bell." Spooky, yes, but also a commentary on marriage and female friendships.
Jennifer
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, ghosts
Noted Sherlockian and celebrity annotator (yes, that's a thing) Les Klinger teams up with ghost historian (also, apparently, a thing) Lisa Morton to produce Ghost Stories, a slim collection of eighteen stories of varying levels of fame which trace the development of the eponymous literary form from the early 19th to the early 20th century.

After a very brief introduction by the authors outlining the history of the genre, the book opens with the traditional ballad "Sweet William's Ghost" before mo
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Naomi Downing
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The ghost story has long been a staple of world literature, but many of the genre's greatest tales have been forgotten, overshadowed in many cases by their authors' bestselling work in other genres. In this anthology, little known stories from authors like Charles Dickens and Edith Wharton are collected alongside overlooked works from masters of horror fiction like Edgar Allan Poe and M. R. James.
As I've said before I love anthologies, they give you a quick look at different authors and how they
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John J Questore
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The ghost story – standard fare of sleepovers and camping trips, and was probably one of the first stories told when man started communicating. From the day humans learned of death, they have looked for ways to understand it, and to hope that it isn’t really the end. The thought of loved ones coming back to silently (or not so silently) visit us provides some with hope, while scares the hell out of others. Many have claimed to see these specters of the dead (myself included), while many turn to ...more
Ella (The Story Collector)
Ghost Stories: Classic Tales of Horror and Suspense is an anthology of lesser-known stories from literary masters, including the likes of Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe and many more. Lisa Morton and Leslie S. Klinger have collected these stories and set them in historical context, with an explanation of the significance of ghosts in literary fiction over the past two hundred years,

It should be noted that the stories in this collection are truly classic ghost stories: They are shor
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Hayley
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"My name is Ditmar; they surnamed me The Rich, though I was then only a poor knight, and my only possession was a very small castle." 😂 I found all these stories to be entertaining with beautiful writing, although the translations a little funky. I really liked Mrs Zant and the ghost by Wilkie Collins. A man and his daughter meet a woman in the park and he becomes concerned for her well being. He goes out of his way to see she's looked after despite being "put out" after his inquiries...I know i ...more
Michael Berens
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
The authors have compiled a fine collection of well-written tales by top-notch authors. However, contrary to the subtitle, I would not classify these as tales of horror and/or suspense. They are more what I would call tales of the supernatural in which the living are visited or affected by the presence or actions of those who have "passed over." They are all very good examples of that genre, but if you are looking for tales that will send a shiver up your spine or make you want to leave the ligh ...more
J.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Collection of magazine fiction and short stories during the spiritualists movements that usually follow wars. All the stories are public domain and the compilers only provide a somewhat tedious introduction and the briefest of biographies on the authors. That strikes me as a publishing house just out for the buck. It is the choice of stories, however, that is worthwhile and redeems them, especially if you have an interest in either the time periods or ghost stories as a genre. There are themes h ...more
Katherine
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
*3.25 stars.
"'...and my only possession was a very small castle'" (34). *I just thought this was a funny thing to say. Poor guy.
"Theirs is the fullest joy that the dwellers in the shell of sense can know. Mine is the transcendent joy of the unseen spaces" (239). *Title of the story is "The Shell of Sense" and is taken from a play, I learned from a footnote. It refers to living humans. We are shells that perceive through the senses. I like this description.
"One child is never like another, yet pe
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Danielle Trussoni
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Spiritualism may have gone the way of sniffing salts, but the ghost stories in this collection are as enjoyable now as they were for the Victorians. Some of my favorite 19th- and early-20th-century writers — Edith Wharton, Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins — are found in this collection, along with Charles Dickens, Henry James, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sir Walter Scott and a slew of other well-known authors. But the real fun of reading this book was in discovering writers I had not known before.
Heather
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I was a little disappointed with this book since most of the stories featured were confusing and not very well written. The overall feeling with most of them was that they were a continuing story of a previous work. There were a few that I really enjoyed and felt that they made the anthology worth reading.
Overall, I'm not sure I'd recommend this if you are looking for a truly classical ghost story. However, if you like the genre and have some extra time it would be a good time filler.
Janika Puolitaival
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-horror
Voiko kauhukokoelmasta käyttää sanaa viehättävä? Lumous tulee vanhanaikaisuudesta, näissä ei mässäillä väkivallalla tai moottorisahamurhaajilla. Kauhua se ei suinkaan vähennä. Osassa tarinoissa arvoitusdekkareiden tuntua. Osa tuttuja muista yhteyksistä, osa uusia tuttavuuksia. Sopivan monipuolinen kokoelma, kiitosta tarinoiden taustoittamisesta. Huolellista työtä.
Amber Terry
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
Dusty old ghost stories, a few of which I had already read before reading this particular book, and ALL of which were a little dull, purely because they were written during a time (late 1800s-early 1900s) when gory, demented ghost stories just weren't much a thing yet... Good stories, but I like to a feel at least a little creeped out by my ghost stories and I didn't find that here.
Jane
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure why another anthology of classic ghost (or perhaps, more correctly, supernatural) stories was needed, but hey, why not? Included are some of the most important writers in the genre - M. R. James, Machen, Bierce, Poe, Hawthorne for example. A few of the stories were re-reads for me, but very much worth it for fans of ghost/supernatural/weird stories.
Robin
Oct 29, 2019 added it
Wonderful tales written by great authors over a vast time span. Very interesting to learn what passed for a "ghost tale" in various times in history.
Jenny Wiley
there were some good stories and some not so good stories. All in all I enjoyed them
Kelly Fugate
Because, like Halloween spirit, ghost stories are year-round.! Nice collection from famous authors. Edith Wharton remains my favorite.
Laura Jayne Tricker
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Old ghost stories by prolific writers. I enjoyed the introduction to each author and how they contributed to this kind of literature. Unfortunately the stores were hit and miss... and mostly miss.
Manda
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very good collection of stories, only a few of which I had read before.
Daneel Lynn
Oct 20, 2020 rated it liked it
編者有意識地挑選恐怖類型奠基前或初期的名家作品,由於都還算早期,所以大多數還停留在有鬼/有詭、初步人鬼互動和鬧鬼傳說的層次,口味清淡許多。或許整本最有價值的地方在於編者的前言。

然後開卷的民謠 “Sweet William's Ghost" 配唱的版本真的很多,果然用聽的會更有感覺。
Marisa
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
An anthology of ghost stories written by great authors of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The list of authors is impressive (Hawthorne, Poe, Dickens, Wharton, Twain). However, I feel it's a misnomer to call them tales of horror and suspense because the stories fell short in that area. Only once did I get goosebumps.

Memorable quote:

The Gray Champion, page 10: The whole scene was a picture of the condition of New-England, and its moral, the deformity of any government that does not grow out of
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Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on those twin icons of the Victorian era, Sherlock Holmes and Dracula. He is the editor of the three-volume collection of the short stories and novels, THE NEW ANNOTATED SHERLOCK HOLMES, published by W. W. Norton in 2004 and 2005, winner of the Edgar® Award for Best Critical/Biographical Work and nominated for every othe ...more

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