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The Haunted Looking Glass: Ghost Stories Chosen by Edward Gorey

by Edward Gorey (Editor & illustrator)

Other authors: Algernon Blackwood (Contributor), Wilkie Collins (Contributor), Charles Dickens (Contributor), L. P. Hartley (Contributor), W. F. Harvey (Contributor)7 more, Tom Hood (Contributor), W. W. Jacobs (Contributor), M. R. James (Contributor), R. H. Malden (Contributor), E. Nesbit (Contributor), Robert Louis Stevenson (Contributor), Bram Stoker (Contributor)

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A solid set of picks by the master himself. There are a few clunkers but there are some real spine tinglers in here as well - August Heat is a masterpiece I'd somehow never read, and Casting the Runes proves to me I need to seek out more MR James as soon as possible. Gorey's illustrations are minimal (one per story plus a frontispiece for the entire collection) but for the most part powerful and well-chosen. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
A collection of Victorian and Edwardian ghost stories, each with an illustration by the ever-pleasing Edward Gorey. All of the stories fit into Gorey's peculiar aesthetic, and several such as Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Body-Snatcher" and W.W. Jacobs's "The Monkey's Paw" have become ubiquitous without losing their power. There were one or two stories that failed to do anything for me.

I'm looking at you "The Thirteenth Tree".

R.H. Malden's story of a man's vision at a friend's country estate has an eerie quality, but it doesn't have the flair of horror and unease that the other stories possessed. But I will give him credit for the unusual subject.

E. Nesbit's "Man-Size in Marble" bothered me far too much, but I enjoyed it immensely. And "August Heat" by W.F. Harvey...whaaat?

This was the perfect book to keep next to the bed through October, on those nights I couldn't spare a long evening to reading, but needed a quick chill to take under the covers with me. ( )
1 vote ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
Anything written and/or illustrated by Edward Gorey is automatically a good read in my opinion. This anthology of classic ghost stories is no exception. ( )
1 vote piquant00 | Oct 20, 2018 |
the thirteenth tree, the body-snatcher, casting the runes
  adriennefriend | Nov 3, 2014 |
Z LOVED this collection of Victorian era tales. Most were spooky and suspenseful without being gory . . . a perfect read-aloud for a Poe/Gorey/Gaiman-loving kid or adult. Bonus to read E. Nesbitt do scary - same with R.L. Stevenson. ( )
  beckydj | Aug 29, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Gorey, EdwardEditor & illustratorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blackwood, AlgernonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Collins, WilkieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dickens, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hartley, L. P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harvey, W. F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hood, TomContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jacobs, W. W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
James, M. R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Malden, R. H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nesbit, E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, Robert LouisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stoker, BramContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Certain houses, like certain persons, manage somehow to proclaim at once their character for evil. -- From "The Empty House" by Algernon Blackwood
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The empty house / Algernon Blackwood -- August heat / W.F. Harvey -- The signalman / Charles Dickens -- A visitor from Down Under / L.P. Hartley -- The thirteenth tree / R.H. Malden -- The body-snatcher / Robert Louis Stevenson -- Man-size in marble / E. Nesbit -- The judge’s house / Bram Stoker -- The shadow of a shade / Tom Hood -- The monkey’s paw / W.W. Jacobs -- The dream woman / Wilkie Collins -- Casting the runes / M.R. James.

The Haunted Looking Glass is the late Edward Gorey's selection of his favourite tales of ghosts, ghouls, and grisly goings-on. Included are stories by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, M.R. James, W.W. Jacobs, and L.P. Hartley, among other masters of the fine art of making the flesh creep, all accompanied by Gorey's inimitable illustrations. (NYRB blurb)
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