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The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (2007)

by Peter Haining (Editor)

Other authors: Peter R. Ackroyd (Contributor), Sir Alec Guinness (Contributor), Kingsley Amis (Contributor), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Contributor), Dereck Barnes (Contributor)39 more, Marie Belloc Lowndes (Contributor), A. C. Benson (Contributor), E. F. Benson (Contributor), Algernon Blackwood (Contributor), Elizabeth Bowen (Contributor), Marjorie Bowen (Contributor), Ray Bradbury (Contributor), John Buchan (Contributor), Louis de Bernieres (Contributor), Daphne du Maurier (Contributor), Lord Dunsany (Contributor), Jane Gardam (Contributor), Arthur Gray (Contributor), H. Rider Haggard (Contributor), Hammond Innes (Contributor), M. R. James (Contributor), Eric Keown (Contributor), Rudyard Kipling (Contributor), D. H. Lawrence (Contributor), Fritz Leiber (Contributor), Arthur Machen (Contributor), Somerset Maugham (Contributor), George Minto (Contributor), A. N. L. Munby (Contributor), Vladimir Nabokov (Contributor), Edith Nesbit (Contributor), William F. Nolan (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), J. B. Priestley (Contributor), Philip Pullman (Contributor), Howard Spring (Contributor), E. G. Swain (Contributor), James Thurber (Contributor), A. E. Van Vogt (Contributor), H. G. Wells (Contributor), Eudora Welty (Contributor), Edith Wharton (Contributor), Dennis Wheatley (Contributor), Alexander Woollcott (Contributor)

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Series: Mammoth Ghosts

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More than twenty-five modern masterpieces to chill the blood -- from Martin Amis, P.G. Wodehouse, John Steinbeck, and Ian Rankin

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Favorites were the stories by M.R. James, A.C Benson, Rudyard Kipling, W. Somerset Maugham, D.H. Lawrence, Edith Wharton, Daphne du Maurier, James Thurber, Kingsley Amis, E.F. Benson, and Marjorie Bowen. ( )
  cait815 | Apr 1, 2013 |
It was rather hard work to finish this book - some of the stories are really not very good - but I'm glad I did. The last part - "Haunting Times: Tales of Unease" is easily the best. ( )
  Devatipan | Nov 27, 2011 |
Editor Peter Haining does a good job choosing the selections for this collection of ghost stories. Rather than emphasizing pieces featuring moaning phantoms, clanking chains and other staple but simplistic fare common to the genre, Haining sought stories heavy with eerie mood and tone. As with any anthology like this one, some vignettes are better or more effective than others. That said, the overall quality of the selections is consistently high. Some of the tales surely will curdle a reader's blood late in the dead of a stormy night. The compilation makes clear ghosts are as often specters within us as without, and there can be no haunting absent the haunted. ( )
  RGazala | Dec 18, 2010 |
read good book ( )
  donna47 | Dec 28, 2008 |
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Haining, PeterEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ackroyd, Peter R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alec Guinness, SirContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Amis, KingsleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arthur Conan Doyle, SirContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnes, DereckContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Belloc Lowndes, MarieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benson, A. C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Blackwood, AlgernonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Bradbury, RayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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du Maurier, DaphneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Gardam, JaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Kipling, RudyardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Minto, GeorgeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Munby, A. N. L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nabokov, VladimirContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nesbit, EdithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nolan, William F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oates, Joyce CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Priestley, J. B.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pullman, PhilipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Spring, HowardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Swain, E. G.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thurber, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Van Vogt, A. E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wells, H. G.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Welty, EudoraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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"Ghosts, to make themselves manifest, require two conditions abhorrent to the modern mind: silence and continuity."
Edith Wharton, 1937
"The modern ghost story appears to be as much about longing as it is about dread."
Sinclair McKay, 2001
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More than twenty-five modern masterpieces to chill the blood -- from Martin Amis, P.G. Wodehouse, John Steinbeck, and Ian Rankin

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Breath emanating from the darkness, spirits infiltrating our daily lives...follow a trail of mounting terror!

This superb new anthology contains some of the finest 20th and 21st century writers turning their hand to the supernatural. Expert editor Peter Haining presents an outstanding selection of over 40 modern gems, including:
  • "Oh Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad" / M.R. James
  • The House at Treheale / A.C. Benson
  • The Richpins / E.G. Swain
  • The Everlasting Club / Arthur Gray
  • Number Seventy-Nine / A.N.L. Munby
  • Playing with Fire / Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The House Surgeon / Rudyard Kipling
  • The Grove of Ashtraroth / John Buchan
  • A Man from Glasgow / Somerset Maugham
  • The Last Laugh / D.H. Lawrence
  • The Visit to the Museum / Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Bowmen / Arthur Machen
  • The Ghost of U65 / George Minto
  • "Vengeance Is Mine" / Algernon Blackwood
  • The Punishment / Lord Dunsany
  • The Haunted Chateau / Dennis Wheatley
  • Pink May / Elizabeth Bowen
  • A Gremlin in the Beer / Derek Barnes
  • Money for Jam / Sir Alec Guinness
  • The Lady's Maid's Bell / Edith Wharton
  • The Duenna / Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • Clytie / Eudora Welty
  • The Pool / Daphne Du Maurier
  • A Spot of Gothic / Jane Gardam
  • The Inexperienced Ghost / H.G. Wells
  • Full Fathom Five / Alexander Woollcott
  • The Night the Ghost Got In / James Thurber
  • Sir Tristram Goes West / Eric Keown
  • Who or What Was It? / Kingsley Amis
  • Another Fine Mess / Ray Bradbury
  • Only a Dream / Rider Haggard
  • The Haunted House / Edith Nesbit
  • The Light in the Garden / E.F. Benson
  • The Prescription / Marjorie Bowen
  • Christmas Honeymoon / Howard Spring
  • South Sea Bubble / Hammond Innes
  • Ringing in the Good News / Peter Ackroyd
  • Smoke Ghost / Fritz Leiber
  • The Ghost / A.E. Van Vogt
  • The Party / William F. Nolan
  • Underground / J.B. Priestley
  • Haunted / Joyce Carol Oates
  • Video Nasty / Philip Pullman
  • My Beautiful House / Louis de Bernières
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