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The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories

by Peter Haining (Editor)

Other authors: Joan Aiken (Contributor), Elizabeth Albright (Contributor), Louisa Baldwin (Contributor), E. F. Benson (Contributor), Algernon Blackwood (Contributor)32 more, Robert Bloch (Contributor), Ray Bradbury (Contributor), Edward Bulwer-Lytton (Contributor), Ramsey Campbell (Contributor), A. E. Coppard (Contributor), Basil Copper (Contributor), Ralph Adams Cram (Contributor), Herbert de Hamel (Contributor), Richard Dehan (Contributor), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Contributor), Mary Eleanor Freeman (Contributor), Ellen Glasgow (Contributor), L. P. Hartley (Contributor), W. F. Harvey (Contributor), James Herbert (Contributor), William Hope Hodgson (Contributor), Richard Hughes (Contributor), W. W. Jacobs (Contributor), M. R. James (Contributor), Nigel Kneale (Contributor), Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (Contributor), Penelope Lively (Contributor), Norah Lofts (Contributor), Thorp McClusky (Contributor), William F. Nolan (Contributor), Ruth Rendell (Contributor), Charlotte Riddell (Contributor), H. Russell Wakefield (Contributor), Hugh Walpole (Contributor), Ian Watson (Contributor), Fay Weldon (Contributor), Virginia Woolf (Contributor)

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Series: Mammoth Horror

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The beauty of this substantial anthology is that Peter Haining has deliberately chosen stories that not many readers would have come across before, introducing a whole host of previously unknown authors and a wide variety of styles and time periods, thereby allowing us to dip in and out at leisure and being rewarded with a very entertaining way to pass the time, preferably at night, and some genuine chills, notably Stephen Kings "The Boogeyman", H. Russell Wakefield's "Ghost Hunt", W. W. Jacobs' "The Toll-House", Basil Copper's "The Grey House" and Bram Stoker's "The Judge's House"; the sense of menace and impending doom is almost palpable. There are some gentler examples too, Penelope Lively's comic "Uninvited Ghosts" and Hugh Walpole's touching "A Little Ghost". The stories are categorised and divided into different sections: Haunted Places, Avenging Spirits, Shadowy Corners, Phantom Lovers, Little Terrors, Psychic Phenomena and Houses of Horror, and each is preceded by a brief introduction by Peter Haining, giving the reader some information about the author and the time period it is set in, as well as a mock estate agent's summary about the property. Some work better than others but that is only to be expected when covering such a wide range. Thoroughly recommended. ( )
  passion4reading | Jul 16, 2012 |
This is a pretty solid survey of English-language haunted house stories. Each of the stories in the collection is preceded by a "prospectus" that gives a bit of background on the author and the story and a brief description of the house as if one were viewing it through a real estate agent (i.e., the author). This is a little cutesey, but the actual information in the prospectus...es is pretty interesting if not all that essential.

The edition is plagued by typos and poor copy-editing, but the stories themselves are really good. Most of them are appropriately creepy, and some of them are very funny. It's an enjoyable if inessential read; diverting and insubstantial. Probably not worth paying full price for, but I picked it up remaindered for two dollars, which I consider to have been well spent. ( )
  upstairsgirl | Apr 20, 2011 |
I LOVE a good haunted house story and this book was quite a find. Very good stories some are amazing and this collection has tons of stories I haven't read!!! ( )
  cezanne55 | Apr 20, 2009 |
If you enjoy haunted house stories as I do this is THE book for you. Some of the best authors in this genre have contributed; William Hope Hodgson, Stephen King, James Herbert... as well as tales chosen by screen stars of the best horror films,such as Christopher Lee, Boris Karloff and Peter Cushing. An excellent collection. ( )
  SunnieB | Apr 6, 2008 |
A good compendium of ghost stories and, like any anthology, some stories are lacklustre while others shine like a diamond on a raven's throat.

Includes a story by M.R. James - a writer that any true horror reader will smile at in remembrance.

Worth the read! ( )
  Scaryguy | Jan 25, 2007 |
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Haining, PeterEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aiken, JoanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Albright, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baldwin, LouisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benson, E. F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blackwood, AlgernonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bloch, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bulwer-Lytton, EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, RamseyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coppard, A. E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Copper, BasilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cram, Ralph AdamsContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Hamel, HerbertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dehan, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doyle, Sir Arthur ConanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Freeman, Mary EleanorContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Glasgow, EllenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hartley, L. P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harvey, W. F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Herbert, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hodgson, William HopeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hughes, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jacobs, W. W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
James, M. R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kneale, NigelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Le Fanu, Joseph SheridanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lively, PenelopeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lofts, NorahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McClusky, ThorpContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nolan, William F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rendell, RuthContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Riddell, CharlotteContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wakefield, H. RussellContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walpole, HughContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Watson, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Weldon, FayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Woolf, VirginiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burrage, A. M.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Delafield, E. M.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
King, StephenContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leroux, GastonContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Malmar, McKnightContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stoker, BramContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wells, H. G.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"When I was dead, my spirit turned

To seek the much-frequented house."


Christina Rossetti, 1866
"In general, ghosts are a plus point in marketing a house, either for sale or as a tourist attraction."

Daily Telegraph, 25 June 1994
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For my daughter

GEMMA

who has lived in a haunted house all her life
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Spooky goings-on
In all manners of houses
And time periods.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786716037, Paperback)

Expanded with great new stories, this is the biggest and best anthology of ghostly hauntings ever. Over 40 tales of visitation by the undead—from vengeful and violent spirits, set on causing harm to innocent people tucked up in their homes, to rarer and more kindly ghosts, returning from the grave to reach out across the other side. Yet others entertain desires of a more sinister bent, including the erotic. This new edition includes a selection of favorite haunted house tales chosen by famous screen stars such as Boris Karloff, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. In addition, a top ranking list of contributors includes Stephen King, Bram Stoker, Ruth Rendell, and James Herbert—all brought together by an anthologist who himself lives in a haunted house.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:22:55 -0400)

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All types of tales to chill your bones lie in this anthology of stories of haunted houses. Ghosts are found in country mansions and city lofts, haunting the inhabitants with malicious intent or with childish curiosity.

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