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Three Ghost Stories

Charles Dickens

Book Overview: 

As a gifted writer with a strong interest in supernatural phenomena, Charles Dickens produced a string of ghost stories with enduring charm. Three of them are presented here, of which The Signal Man is one of the best known. Though quite different from his most celebrated realistic and humorous critical novels, these ghost stories, Gothic and grotesque as they are, are of good portrayal, and worth a read.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . hands outward across and across his temples in an extremity of feverish distress, “why not tell me where that accident was to happen,—if it must happen? Why not tell me how it could be averted,—if it could have been averted? When on its second coming it hid its face, why not tell me, instead, ‘She is going to die. Let them keep her at home’? If it came, on those two occasions, only to show me that its warnings were true, and so to prepare me for the third, why not warn me plainly now? And I, Lord help me! A mere poor signal-man on this solitary station! Why not go to somebody with credit to be believed, and power to act?”

When I saw him in this state, I saw that for the poor man’s sake, as well as for the public safety, what I had to do for the time was to compose his mind. Therefore, setting aside all question of reality or unreality between us, I represented to him that whoever thoroughly discharged his duty m. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I found the first story, "The Haunted House", disappointing. It had a promising start of possible ghostly haunting but then veers off into a detailed recounting of a dream(?) of children pretending to be a seraglio. The next two stories were much more satisfying -"Trial for Murder" and "The Signa...more

I remember studying The Signalman at GCSE level but for the life of me, I could not remember who wrote it. I loved reading it again all these years later, I did think it was the best story out of these three stories. Overall I really enjoyed reading all three stories and it really didn't take me...more

Loved all three - for their vivid evocation of worldly and other-worldy atmospheres, for their penetration into normal and abnormal human psychology, and for their literary charm. Best read in the wee small hours.

I thought a set of Victorian ghost stories might be a more interesting read than Dickens' longer novels, but I was disappointed to find they weren't. While each paragraph and sentence is well constructed and evocative, they are not strung together to make stories that hold any substance (and no,...more

Read: March 2018
Overall rating: 2.5/5 stars

The Signalman - 3/5 stars
The Haunted House - 1/5 stars
The Trial for Murder - 3/5 stars

I enjoyed reading these three short ghost stories by Dickens, although they were not quite what I was expecting.

Without giving any synopsis or giving anything away, the stories in themselves were more unusual than the 'standard' Victorian ghost story, which is what I thought I would be getting. D...more

So often we get caught up reading "The Great Dickens." It's easy to miss these smaller gems that endeared him to so many readers of his day.

Although a bit dated, Dickens' writing is to the eye, what satin is to the hand.

I love ghosts stories. Although there comes those few instances when supernatural powers occur in the book and I'm home alone, not sure if I should be looking at mirrors in order not to see someone else's reflection instead of my own. While actually it is like that, we only see the physical appea...more

First story " The Signal Man" was quite scary I felt pity for him when he died .

Second story " The Ghost in the Master.B's bedroom " was good at the beginning but at the end it was complicated.

Third story " The Trail for Murder" was quite predictable but the end was like OMG!!!!

I liked 1 &...more

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