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The Shape of Fear

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Collection of fantastic stories originally released in 1898. Contains "The House that was not," "Story of the vanishing Patient," and many more. ...more
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Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found on Project Gutenberg, a collection of thirteen short supernatural stories; it's undated, but Peattie was active as a writer during the years 1889-1930.

The first thing to note is that the stories are, I'd say, almost beautifully written: I came to love Peattie's use of language. On the other hand, because the stories are really quite short -- I doubt if any is longer than six pages -- several of them have a sense of inconsequentiality about them, and in a couple of cases (notably "The Hous
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New to me.

I discovered this author from one of. My Facebook groups. We read one of the short stories featured in this book and I liked it so much I got this book. The stories are short & good and easy to read. If you like classic ghost stories, I'd say try this one.
K. Anna Kraft
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have arranged my takeaway thoughts on the title story into a haiku:

"Shucking off your fate,
You’ll always be haunted by
Who you could have been."
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is an odd little collection of late-Victorian era ghost stories, often too short and undeveloped unfortunately. As someone who has read a lot of folklore and ghost stories, the tropes used are ones I am very familiar with and feel like they were adapted from common folk tales.

For example, the second story "On the Northern Ice" is about a skiing ghost which a man follows, and saves his life. I swear I've read almost this exact tale from Musick's West Virginia ghost story collection "Coffin H
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Elia Wilkinson Peattie (January 15, 1862 – July 12, 1935) was an American author, journalist and critic.

Elia Wilkinson was the daughter of Frederick and Amanda (Cahill) Wilkinson. She was born on January 15, 1862, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, but moved with her family to Chicago when she was young. She stopped attending school when she was fourteen, but kept up a reading habit. In 1883 she married Robe

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