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The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories by…

The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (1986)

by Michael Cox (Editor), R. A. Gilbert (Editor)

Other authors: Robert Aickman (Contributor), E. F. Benson (Contributor), Algernon Blackwood (Contributor), Elizabeth Bowen (Contributor), M. E. Braddon (Contributor)37 more, John Buchan (Contributor), Thomas Burke (Contributor), A. M. Burrage (Contributor), A. E. Coppard (Contributor), F. Marion Crawford (Contributor), Walter De La Mare (Contributor), Amelia B. Edwards (Contributor), Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman (Contributor), Arthur Gray (Contributor), L. P. Hartley (Contributor), W. F. Harvey (Contributor), W. W. Jacobs (Contributor), Henry James (Contributor), M. R. James (Contributor), J. S. Le Fanu (Contributor), Vernon Lee (Contributor), W. Somerset Maugham (Contributor), Richard Middleton (Contributor), A. N. L. Munby (Contributor), E. Nesbit (Contributor), Oliver Onions (Contributor), Barry Pain (Contributor), V. S. Pritchett (Contributor), Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (Contributor), Simon Raven (Contributor), L. T. C. Rolt (Contributor), Sir Walter Scott (Contributor), May Sinclair (Contributor), Bram Stoker (Contributor), E. G. Swain (Contributor), H. Russell Wakefield (Contributor), Hugh Walpole (Contributor), H. G. Wells (Contributor), Edith Wharton (Contributor), T. H. White (Contributor), Charles Williams (Contributor), Christopher Woodforde (Contributor)

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Although every word of this story is as true as despair, I do not expect people to believe it. Nowadays a 'rational explanation' is required before belief is possible. Let me then, at once, offer the 'rational explanation' which finds most favour among those who have heard the tale of my life's tragedy. It is held that we were 'under a delusion', Laura and I, on that 31st of October; and that this supposition places the whole matter on a satisfactory and believable basis. The reader can judge, when he, too, has heard my story, how far this is an 'explanation' and in what sense it is 'rational'. There were three who took part in this: Laura and I and another man. The other man still lives, and can speak to the truth of the least credible part of my story.

A very well-chosen selection of ghost stories, most of them written between 1890 and 1940, the golden era of English ghost stories.

I had read "The Monkey's Paw", "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad!" and "The Roll-Call of the Reef" before, but the rest were new to me. Between the covers of this book you will find malevolent ghosts, lost and lonely ghosts, and ghosts who needed to make amends. Haunted landscapes and haunted houses, and in some cases it seems to be the house itself that is doing the haunting. Omens of death, murderers haunted by the ghosts of their victims, as well as a couple of ghosts who don't seem to have a grudge against their murderers, and one well-meaning ghost whose well-meaning actions are thwarted by changes that have happened since his death. ( )
1 vote isabelx | Mar 8, 2011 |
Core reading for anyone interested in the ghost story as a genre. ( )
  witchystine | May 30, 2009 |
This is a marvelous little collection of proper English ghost stories to keep handy. Besides stories by the familiar -- Sir Walter Scott, Bram Stoker, Henry James, H.G. Wells, W. Somerset Maugham, Edith Wharton, Hugh Walpole, and V.S. Pritchett -- there are also quite a few unfamiliar, yet deliciously English names. The names Oliver Onions, Barry Pain, and Simon Raven speak to a profession of ghost story writer chosen at birth. ( )
  kvanuska | Nov 19, 2008 |
anthology, horror, short stories, ghost stories, supernatural, classic horror
  sjanes | Jul 9, 2008 |
this dook has several short stories about ghost. it creates strange and dreadful atomosphere. certain accidents happen in each story. but no one know who or what cause an incident. but in the latter, we can know who it is. ( )
1 vote satomi | Jul 2, 2007 |
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Cox, MichaelEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilbert, R. A.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Aickman, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benson, E. F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blackwood, AlgernonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bowen, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Braddon, M. E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buchan, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burke, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burrage, A. M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coppard, A. E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crawford, F. MarionContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
De La Mare, WalterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Edwards, Amelia B.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Freeman, Mary Eleanor WilkinsContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gray, ArthurContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hartley, L. P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harvey, W. F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jacobs, W. W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
James, HenryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
James, M. R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Le Fanu, J. S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, VernonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maugham, W. SomersetContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Middleton, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Munby, A. N. L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nesbit, E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Onions, OliverContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pain, BarryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pritchett, V. S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Quiller-Couch, Sir ArthurContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Raven, SimonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rolt, L. T. C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scott, Sir WalterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sinclair, MayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stoker, BramContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Swain, E. G.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wakefield, H. RussellContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walpole, HughContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wells, H. G.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wharton, EdithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
White, T. H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Woodforde, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Desmonts, AntonioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The tapestried chamber / Sir Walter Scott -- The phantom coach / Amelia B. Edwards -- Squire Toby's will / J. S. Le Fanu -- The shadow in the corner / M. E. Braddon -- The upper berth / F. Marion Crawford -- A wicked voice / Vernon Lee -- The judges house / Bram Stoker -- Man-size in marble / E. Nesbit -- The roll-call of the reef / Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch -- The friends of the friends / Henry James -- The red room / H. G. Wells -- The monkey's paw / W. W. Jacobs -- The lost ghost / Mary E. Wilkins -- "Oh, whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad" / M. R. James -- The empty house / Algernon Blackwood -- The cigarette case / Oliver Onions -- Rose Rose / Barry Pain -- The confession of Charles Linkworth / E. F. Benson -- On the Brighton road / Richard Middleton -- Bone to his bone / E. G. Swain -- The true history of Anthony Ffryar / Arthur Gray -- The Taipan / W. Somerset Maugham -- The victim / May Sinclair -- A visitor from down under / L. P. Hartley -- Fullcircle / John Buchan -- The clock / W. F. Harvey -- Old man's beard / H. Russell Wakefield -- Mr Jones / Edith Wharton -- Smee / A. M. Burrage -- The little ghost / Hugh Walpole -- Ahoy, sailor boy! / A. E. Coppard -- The hollow man / Thomas Burke -- Et in sempiternum pereant / Charles Williams -- Bosworth Summit pound / L. T. C. Rolt -- An encounter in the mist / A. N. L. Munby -- Hand in glove / Elizabeth Bowen -- A story of Don Juan / V. S. Prichett -- Cushi / Christopher Woodforde -- Bad company / Walter de la Mare -- The bottle of 1912 / Simon Raven -- The Cicerones / Robert Aickman -- Soft voices at Passenham / T. H. White.
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With their evocative settings amid mists and shadows, in ruinous houses, on lonely roads and wild moorlands, in abandoned churches and over-grown gardens, ghost stories have long exercised a universal fascination. Responding to people's overwhelming attraction to anything frightening, this marvelous anthology of some of the very best English ghost stories combines a serious literary purpose with the simple intention of arousing a pleasurable fear of the doings of the dead.
As the first volume to present the full range and vitality of the ghost fiction tradition, this selection of forty-two stories, written between 1829 and 1968, demonstrates the tradition's historical development, as well as its major themes and characteristics. Though the genre reached its peak in the nineteenth century, it enjoyed a second flowering between the two World Wars and even now still attracts dedicated practitioners and readers. The anthology includes stories by Walter Scott, M. R. James, Bram Stoker, Rudyard Kipling, Edith Wharton, Somerset Maugham, T. H. White, and many others.
According to Edith Wharton, we can judge the success of a story by what she called its "thermometrical quality; if it sends a cold shiver down the spine, it has done its job and done it well." A host of writers have taken up the challenge of succeeding at this most demanding form of literary art, including both "specialists" such as J.S. Le Fanu and Algernon Blackwood, and other writers such as Henry James and H.G. Wells, for whom ghost stories constituted only a portion of their literary output. Stressing the important contribution women writers have made to the genre, the collection also offers eight stories by women, ranging from Amelia Edward's "The Phantom Ghost" (1864) to Elizabeth Bowen's "Hand in Glove" (1952).

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This selection of forty-two stories written between 1829 and 1968 is the first to present the full range and vitality of the English tradition of literary ghost fiction. Fully satisfying what Virginia Woolf called `the strange human craving for the pleasure of being afraid', it demonstratesthe traditions historical development as well as its major themes, and characteristics. The fictional ghost story is dominated by English authors, from J. S. Le Fanu and M. R. James to Walter de la Mare and Robert Aickman, and by American authors, such as Edith Wharton, writing in the English tradition. As the editors stress in their informative introduction, a good ghost story,though it may raise many profound questions about life and death, entertains as much as it unsettles us. Featuring such authors as Algernon Blackwood, H. Russell Wakefield, Henry James, and Elizabeth Bowen, this anthology combines a serious literary purpose with the plain intention of arousingpleasing fear at the doings of the dead.… (more)

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