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The House of the Nightmare and Other Eerie Tales

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  7 reviews

The House Of The Nightmare by Edward Lucas White
The Hauntings At Thorhallstead by Allen French
His Own Number by William Croft Dickinson
Gabriel-Ernest by Saki
Hand In Glove by Elizabeth Bowen
Mr. Fox (traditional english tale) by Anonymous
Curfew by L.M. Boston
John Bartine's Watch by Ambrose Bierce
The Monkey's Paw by W.W.Jacobs
My Grandfather, Hendry Wat
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published January 1st 1967 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of the macabre, sinister, and the unaccountable
This really is a very well thought out collection of high quality ‘ghost’ stories; the majority from fiction; plus a goodly number of unexplained phenomena from life. Those two categories make for interesting comparison. There is a defined plot to imaginative fiction, even where the author succeeds in springing a twist in the ending of the tale. Those recounted of an inexplicable event in real life show the teller struggling in a modicum of confusion. “Who will believe me?” “Do even I believe wh ...more
The House of the Nightmare - Edward Lucas White
The Hauntings at Thorhallstead - Allen French
His Own Number - William Croft Dickinson
Gabriel-Ernest - Saki
Hand in Glove - Elizabeth Bowen
Mr Fox - Traditional
Curfew - L.M. Boston
John Bartine's Watch - Ambrose Bierce
The Monkey's Paw - W.W. Jacobs
My Grandfather, Hendry Watty - Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
A School Story - M.R. James
The Red Cane - E.F. Bozman
A Diagnosis of Death - Ambrose Bierce
Bad Company - Walter de la Mare
Proof - Henry Cec
It’s a nice cover, isn’t it? Apparently it is by Madelon Vriesendorp.

This is a fairly middling collection of ghost stories, but with a few interesting surprises. The usual suspects are present and correct: M. R. James, Ambrose Bierce, Saki, W. W. Jacobs. The title story is by Edward Lucas White, and is a perfectly fine example of its type: man crashes his car; man comes upon a lonely house inhabited by a dull, lonely boy; strange things occur. There’s a faintly whimsical tone throughout exempli
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full of excellent ghost stories not seen elsewhere. The only tale in it that’s widely (very widely) anthologized is The Monkey’s Paw. The “tales from real life” section at the end is pretty weak , but still fun.
Cats Are Best
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it, great selection of ghost stories. M R James and Saki and the title tale are best but there's something for everyone here. A real treat. ...more
Dec 29, 2021 rated it liked it
Interesting tales of their time. Gave me an author or two to look up and read.
Greg Kerestan
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Anything sufficiently old and dusty is often assumed toothless, harmless, even child's play, and thrown to the world of children's literature as the adults rush to what is new and shiny. Hence my childhood love of the uncanny, as exemplified by the numerous "nineteenth and early twentieth century supernatural fiction" collections that flooded so many children's and YA libraries during the sixties and seventies. Editor Kathleen Lines focuses distinctly on British weird fiction of the M. R. James ...more

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Kathleen Mary Lines was a book critic, editor, anthologist and librarian from Canada. An expert on children's literature, she wrote, compiled, and edited Four to Fourteen (1950) for the National Book League. She also wrote the introduction to the second edition of F. J. Harvey Darton's Children's Books in England (1958) and edited a series of illustrated fairy tale picture books. Artists for the p ...more

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