These seventeen tales area all in the best tradition of the supernatural story - authentically eerie, but more about the human spirit than about spooks and specters.
The Open Door, the Ghostly Rental, and Thus I Refute Beelzy explore the relationship between parent and child in widely differing ways.
The Lonesome Place provides a strong insight into the nature of fear, and Where Angels Fear shows how it can overtake even the most skeptical.
Well-known authors are presented here in what, for them, is an unusual manner:
a speculative ghost story by H.G. Wells;
a tale about a reanimated mummy by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; J
B Priestley describing the psychological impact of cosmic supernatural beings.
Perhaps the most unusual appearance is hat of Edgar Allan Poe - not as a contributor, but as a character in a story about a rare book collector who brings the writer back to life so that he can produce new works. Among the other authors included are: August Derleth, H P Lovecraft, M R James, John Collier, and Henry James.
None of these stories is a spoof, but a comic undercurrent accompanies the chills in some. Altogether, they represent a rich vein of British and American imaginative fiction.