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The Valancourt Book of ​Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories: Volume Four

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Victorian-era Christmas ghost stories are associated primarily with Charles Dickens and other British writers, but for this new volume, editor Christopher Philippo has discovered that the tradition of telling and publishing ghostly tales at Christmas flourished in the New World as well. These tales are set in places that are familiar and yet foreign to us—Gold Rush-era San ...more
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Published December 1st 2020 by Valancourt Books
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Nancy Oakes
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You need look no further than the announcement of "the Best Ghost Story" contest (reproduced on p. 74 in this book) as advertised in New York's Evening World, December 23, 1889 issue to see that ghost stories, "in Keeping with the Christmas Holidays," were alive and well in America. In this book, rather than drawing on the Victorian British tradition of telling ghostly tales at yuletide, editor Christopher Philippo makes the case throughou
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David
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Really good, as always. The poetry didn’t really do anything for me but the stories are extremely good and all completely new to me.
Karen Kohoutek
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This fourth volume in my very favorite book series is of the expected high quality! This one focuses specifically on stories from the U.S. from the Victorian period through World War I, and that did make me resist a little. My reviews and book list show I'm still largely the 19th century Brit Lit best snob I was in college, despite the deeper understanding I have now of the history and the wrongs of the time period. I'm just bringing up to say that once I got over my initial instinct of "ugh, 19 ...more
Melissa Nowark
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've read all four volumes, and while I still enjoyed the other three, I feel like this one had better stories. A lot of the stories were very timely, most likely on purpose, and Christopher Philippo chose very well! I loved the added poetry as well. ...more
Alec Frampton
Jan 11, 2021 rated it liked it
I hate to give this book a lukewarm rating, I will say I find volume 4's cover art to be the most appealing so far, but I can't judge a book by its cover. TVBoVCS: Volume Four features stories from North America (U.S. and Canada), as opposed to the UK in the previous three installments. Overall this book was an interesting read, however, numerous "go nowhere" poems were included and many of the stories fell a bit flat in my opinion. I still enjoyed the book, but it did not measure up to the qual ...more
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A historical society's website of merely 10 pages was turned by Christopher Philippo into an encyclopedic one of over 750 spanning the 17th-20th centuries. His research about forgotten 19th C. suffragist Caroline Gilkey Rogers secured a grant for a historical marker placed near her former home. He has helped with gravestone conservation in municipal, family, Catholic & Jewish cemeteries of the 18t ...more

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