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Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories

by Audrey Niffenegger (Editor)

Other authors: Ray Bradbury (Contributor), A.M. Burrage (Contributor), A.S. Byatt (Contributor), Rebecca Curtis (Contributor), Neil Gaiman (Contributor)11 more, Amy Giacalone (Contributor), M.R. James (Contributor), Rudyard Kipling (Contributor), Kelly Link (Contributor), Audrey Niffenegger (Cover artist), Audrey Niffenegger (Contributor), Oliver Onions (Contributor), Edgar Allan Poe (Contributor), Saki (Contributor), Edith Wharton (Contributor), P.G. Wodehouse (Contributor)

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There are some fairly creepy ghost stories in this collection with a couple of duds. Overall, I liked it. ( )
  tntbeckyford | Feb 16, 2019 |
i received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


for me is a 3,5 stars.....
i appreciated this book and i found interesting stories in it, i was expecting a little bit more scary, mistery and suspense pieces......most of them were with a too linear plot............the ending were more likely predictable.......
for non english readers....i found a not easy writing, i had to check a lot the dictionary... some of the terms are not the everyday you can read in modern books..... ( )
  Mandane75 | Nov 16, 2018 |
i received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


for me is a 3,5 stars.....
i appreciated this book and i found interesting stories in it, i was expecting a little bit more scary, mistery and suspense pieces......most of them were with a too linear plot............the ending were more likely predictable.......
for non english readers....i found a not easy writing, i had to check a lot the dictionary... some of the terms are not the everyday you can read in modern books..... ( )
  Mandane75 | Nov 16, 2018 |
A nicely varied collection of ghost stories. Stories include "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe, "Secret Life, with Cats" by Audrey Niffenegger, "Pomegranate Seed" by Edith Wharton, "The Beckoning Fair One" by Oliver Onions, "The Mezzotint" by M. R. James, "Honeysuckle Cottage" by P. G. Wodehouse, "Click-Clack the Rattlebag" by Neil Gaiman, "They" by Rudyard Kipling, "Playmates" by A. M. Burrage, "The July Ghost" by A. S. Byatt, "Laura" by Saki, "The Open Window" by Saki, "The Specialist's Hat" by Kelly Link, "Tiny Ghosts" by Amy Giacalone, "The Pink House" by Rebecca Curtis, and "August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury. My least favorite was "The Specialist's Hat" because snakes were overplayed. I also didn't really enjoy "The Pink House." My favorites were "The Black Cat," "Secret Life, with Cats," "The Mezzotint," and "Playmates." ( )
  thornton37814 | Oct 5, 2018 |
It's somewhat rare that I pick up a book of short stories, and about equally uncommon to select a horror title, but this was a kind of fun deviation. Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife, has assembled this collection, which proved to be a fitting read the week after Halloween (I had meant to read it earlier in October, but a couple other titles got in the way). Standouts include Poe's classic "The Black Cat," eye-openingly horrifying to modern-day sensibilities, and the traditionally creepy "Click-Clack the Rattlebag" (Gaiman). There is something here to give everyone the shivers. ( )
  ryner | Nov 25, 2017 |
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***** 5 out of 5 stars
Review by Mark Palm
Haunting Tales.

When reading an anthology my first most basic criteria is, how good are the stories, does the anthology have a theme, how well do the stories fit? If the anthology is edited by a writer, however, I look for something else as well; how the stories reflect the taste and style of the author. I have read some that were great, and some that were not, but it’s always interesting to see an author reflected in their choices. Judging from Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories, Audrey Niffenegger clearly knows what she is doing. Her choice of stories are spot-on, and vary a great deal, from established names to the relatively unknown, and they date from Poe, M.R. James and Rudyard Kipling, all the way up to Kelly Link and Neil Gaiman. Her introductions are concise, and her illustrations are a revelation, invoking classic artists like Edward Gorey and Gustave Klimt.

When it comes to the individual stories, I liked some better than others, but that is to be expected. I may face a scolding for saying this, but Poe’s The Black Cat was the only story I didn’t care for. I think Mr. Poe is generally overrated, and his tale added little to this collection, but reading The Mezzotint, by M.R. James, was wonderful. It’s not on the par with his classic “Oh Whistle, and I’ll Come To You My Lad”, but it still shows why he is a master of the form. They by Rudyard Kipling is a true classic, but is rather scarce on chills. Two offerings by Saki, and Edith Wharton’s Pomegranate Seed are very effective, and certainly show why their authors are justly renowned. Ms. Niffenegger’s contribution, Secret Life with Cats is full of black humor and horror, while Playmates, by A.M. Burrage is full of shadowy spectres. My two favorite stories were The Pink House by Rebecca Curtis, which was full of subtle creepiness, and Click-Clack the Rattlebag, a surgically precise piece of horror fiction by Neil Gaiman. This wonderful collection is brought to an appropriate end with August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains, a beautiful and sad story by the master, Ray Bradbury, about a haunted house of the future that updates Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” All in all Ms. Niffenegger showed that her editing skills, and her illustration skills, are every bit as good as her writing ones. She a rare triple-threat, and I look forward to her next work, whatever the medium.

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Niffenegger, AudreyEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burrage, A.M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Byatt, A.S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Curtis, RebeccaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Giacalone, AmyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
James, M.R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kipling, RudyardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Link, KellyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Niffenegger, AudreyCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Niffenegger, AudreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Onions, OliverContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Poe, Edgar AllanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
SakiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wharton, EdithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wodehouse, P.G.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Collected and introduced by the bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry—including her own fabulous new illustrations for each piece, and a new story by Niffenegger—this is a unique and haunting anthology of some of the best ghost stories of all time.

From Edgar Allen Poe to Kelly Link, M.R. James to Neil Gaiman, H. H. Munro to Audrey Niffenegger herself, Ghostly reveals the evolution of the ghost story genre with tales going back to the eighteenth century and into the modern era, ranging across styles from Gothic Horror to Victorian, with a particular bent toward stories about haunting—haunted children, animals, houses. Every story is introduced by Audrey Niffenegger, an acclaimed master of the craft, with some words on its background and why she chose to include it. Niffenegger’s own story is, “A Secret Life With Cats.”

Perfect for the classic and contemporary ghost story aficionado, this is a delightful volume, beautifully illustrated. Ghostly showcases the best of the best in the field, including Edith Wharton, P.G. Wodehouse, A.S. Byatt, Ray Bradbury, and so many more.
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"Collected and introduced by the bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry--including her own fabulous new illustrations for each piece, and a new story by Niffenegger--this is a unique and haunting anthology of some of the best ghost stories of all time. From Edgar Allen Poe to Kelly Link, M.R. James to Neil Gaiman, H. H. Munro to Audrey Niffenegger herself, Ghostly reveals the evolution of the ghost story genre with tales going back to the eighteenth century and into the modern era, ranging across styles from Gothic Horror to Victorian, with a particular bent toward stories about haunting--haunted children, animals, houses. Every story is introduced by Audrey Niffenegger, an acclaimed master of the craft, with some words on its background and why she chose to include it. Niffenegger's own story is, "A Secret Life With Cats." Perfect for the classic and contemporary ghost story aficionado, this is a delightful volume, beautifully illustrated. Ghostly showcases the best of the best in the field, including Edith Wharton, P.G. Wodehouse, A.S. Byatt, Ray Bradbury, and so many more"--… (more)

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