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The Best Ghost Stories


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Book Excerpt: 
. . .when he waved them a last good-night from the steps of the Chapeau Rouge.

Dinner was over, and Dennistoun was in his bedroom, shut up alone with his acquisition. The landlady had manifested a particular interest in him since he had told her that he had paid a visit to the sacristan and bought an old book from him. He thought, too, that he had heard a hurried dialogue between her and the said sacristan in the passage outside the salle à manger; some words to the effect that "Pierre and Bertrand would be sleeping in the house" had closed the conversation.

At this time a growing feeling of discomfort had been creeping over him—nervous reaction, perhaps, after the delight of his discovery. Whatever it was, it resulted in a conviction that there was some one behind him, and that he was far more comfortable with his back to the wall. All this, of course, weighed light in the balance as against the obvious value of the collection he had acquired. And now. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Old-time ghost stories. A few of them were good. The best were "The Woman's Ghost Story" by Algernon Blackwood (quickly becoming one of my favorite writers) and "The Rival Ghosts" (a nice bit of comedy). Unfortunately, there is a racially-stereotyped story included as well. At the end, there are...more

Fantastic collection of ghost stories. Some are "true", some are pure fiction. Some are humorous, some are delightfully creepy. Even with a bad digital copy, these really are some of the best ghost stories.

Mostly not so scary stories, but there were two that I enjoyed, meaning that they were compelling and scary. The authors were varied, they included Bierce, Kipling and Defoe. I did enjoy that they included stories about the us Capitol since I work there. I hope to incorporate their stories when I...more

Bit surprised the rating of these is so low on Goodreads. I loved them. Good old fashioned spooky stories, but then I'm a Benson fan.

A funny little book, written almost as if it had been a genuine investigation "XIXth. contury style"!

Interesting to think that it was written by the same author who wrote Robinson's adventures out in the wilderness...

Maria Carmo

Lisbon 23 April 2012

Great read. I really liked it.

Casper the ghost meets Anne of Green Gables. 'The Woman's Ghost Story' is one of those great heart warming ghost stories one would ever find !. The redemption of a harmless ghost lies in the hands of a young paranormal investigator. Instead of spooking me, this story brought a tear to my eye. Gre...more

As usual with a compilation, hit and miss. There are a couple stories that I think are prime candidates for the Rhetoric of Telling the Ghost Story course I'm composing, The Woman's Tale, but also one that is either (a) a prime example of the principle of nommo, the African conception of the perf...more

Eh. Not the best ghost stories. There were a few good ones, especially a couple that made you think a bit.

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