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The Virago Book of Ghost Stories by Richard…

The Virago Book of Ghost Stories

by Richard Dalby (Editor)

Other authors: Joan Aiken (Contributor), A.L. Barker (Contributor), Elizabeth Bowen (Contributor), Ann Bridge (Contributor), Charlotte Bronte (Contributor)26 more, A.S. Byatt (Contributor), Angela Carter (Contributor), Richmal Crompton (Contributor), Ella D'Arcy (Contributor), Lisa St. Aubin De Teran (Contributor), Amelia B. Edwards (Contributor), Elizabeth Fancett (Contributor), Antonia Fraser (Contributor), Celia Fremlin (Contributor), Elizabeth Gaskell (Contributor), Stella Gibbons (Contributor), Dorothy K. Haynes (Contributor), Margaret Irwin (Contributor), Margery Lawrence (Contributor), Penelope Lively (Contributor), F.M. Mayor (Contributor), E. Nesbit (Contributor), Margaret Oliphant (Contributor), Rosemary Pardoe (Contributor), Ruth Rendell (Contributor), Charlotte Riddell (Contributor), May Sinclair (Contributor), Rosemary Timperley (Contributor), Edith Wharton (Contributor), Mary E. Wilkins (Contributor), Mrs Henry Wood (Contributor)

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It took me 5 years to finish this book - not, I hasten to add, because I didn't enjoy it but, rather, because I savoured its stories, dipping into the anthology between longer reads. Having now finished it, I consider it one of my favourite supernatural anthologies in my not-negligible bookshelf of weird fiction.

The collection is itself a sort of "best of" compilation, bringing together over thirty of the finest stories in The Virago Book of Victorian Ghost Stories , The Virago Book of Ghost Stories: The Twentieth Century Volume I and The Virago Book of Ghost Stories: The Twentieth Century Volume II . Virago publishes exclusively fiction by women but this does not limit the variety of the stories here. The collection ranges from the early 19th Century to contemporary fiction, and features writers who are considered to be specialists in the field (Edith Nesbit, Margaret Oliphant, Charlotte Riddell, Amelia Edwards to name but a few) alongside authors who occasionally delved into the genre (Charlotte Bronte, Antonia Fraser). Styles vary too - some stories set out to shock but most keep their terrors understated. The more contemporary offerings tend to be more experimental - ranging from comic stories, to reworkings of fairy tales, to poetic stories which verge on magical realism. The hauntings themselves are also varied in nature - haunted houses and castles abound, but there's also a possessed car, ghostly animals and - in "The Vacant Lot" - well, a haunted vacant lot.

This is an anthology which holds plenty of delights to the ghost story lover and proves that women writers were and still at the forefront of the development of supernatural fiction. ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Dec 21, 2015 |
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Dalby, RichardEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aiken, JoanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barker, A.L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bowen, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bridge, AnnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bronte, CharlotteContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Byatt, A.S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carter, AngelaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crompton, RichmalContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
D'Arcy, EllaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
De Teran, Lisa St. AubinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Edwards, Amelia B.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fancett, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fraser, AntoniaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fremlin, CeliaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaskell, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gibbons, StellaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Haynes, Dorothy K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Irwin, MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lawrence, MargeryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lively, PenelopeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mayor, F.M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nesbit, E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oliphant, MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pardoe, RosemaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rendell, RuthContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Riddell, CharlotteContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sinclair, MayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Timperley, RosemaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wharton, EdithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Wood, Mrs HenryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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1844081591 and 1844085384: 496 pages (1st ed. 2006)

This book contains a selection of stories drawn from "The Virago Book of Ghost Stories/The Virago Book of Ghost Stories The Twentieth Century Volume I," "The Virago Book of Ghost Stories The Twentieth Century Volume II/Modern Ghost Stories by Eminent Women Writers," and "The Virago Book of Victoria Ghost Stories/Victorian Ghost Stories by Eminent Women Writers."

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Napoleon and the spectre / Charlott Brontë --
The old nurse's story / Elizabeth Gaskell --
The story of Salome / Amelia B. Edwards --
Reality or delusion? / Mrs. Henry Wood --
The old house in Vauxhall Walk / Charlotte Riddell --
The open door / Margaret Oliphant --
The Villa Lucienne / Ella D'Arcy --
The vacant lot / Mary E. Wilkins --
The violet car / E. Nesbit --
The eyes / Edith Wharton --
The token / May Sinclair --
Rosalind / Richmal Crompton --
dt The haunted saucepan / Margery Lawrence --
The book / Margaret Irwin --
Miss de Mannering of Asham / F.M. Mayor --
The station road / Ann Bridge --
Roaring tower / Stella Gibbons --
The happy autumn fields / Elizabeth Bowen --
The mistress in black / Rosemary Timperley --
Don't tell Cissie / Celia Fremlin --
Who's been sitting in my car? / Antonia Fraser --
The haunting of Shawley Rectory / Ruth Rendell --
The July ghost / A.S. Byatt --
The dream of fair women / A.L. Barker --
Black dog / Penelope Lively --
The chauffeur / Rosemary Pardoe --
Diamond Jim / Lisa St Aubin de Terán --
Ashputtle / Angela Carter --
The ghosts of Calagou / Elizabeth Fancett --
The traitor / Joan Aiken --
Redundant / Dorothy K. Haynes.
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Featuring some of the finest writers of the 19th and 20th centuries, these stories gather to haunt and horrify - an irresistible read for those with a taste for being spooked.

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