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The Book of Ghosts

Sabine Baring-Gould

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Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould was an English hagiographer, antiquarian, novelist and eclectic scholar. During his life, he published more than 100 books, among them this collection of ghost stories. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I was driven to his house.

He received me with the greatest cordiality, and offered me the kindest hospitality.

The house was large and rambling, not in the best repair, and the grounds, as I was driven through them, did not appear to be trimly kept. I was introduced to his wife and to his five daughters, fair-haired, freckled girls, certainly not beautiful, but pleasing enough in manner. His eldest son was away in the army, and his second was in a lawyer's office in Edinburgh; so I saw nothing of them.

After dinner, when the ladies had retired, I told him the entire story as freely and as fully as possible, and he listened to me with courtesy, patience, and the deepest attention.

"Yes," he said, when I had concluded, "I was aware that doubts had been cast on the genuineness of the trunk. But under the circumstances it was considered advisable to allow the matter to stand as it was. There were insuperable difficulties in the way of an. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Not very scary, but many charming stories of the Victorian Era. Some tales unfortunately displayed Victorian prejudices.

Decent collection of turn-of-the-century ghost stories. Some of these stories are creepy, some are preachy, and some are downright funny (I'm thinking particularly of 'A Happy Release'). Very late Victorian. Worth the read for those of us who enjoy an old-fashioned story every once in a while.

I can picture a parlour room on a cold, dark night, the occupants gathered round a roaring fire, ladies clutching lace handkerchiefs to trembling smiles as Baring-Gould nurses a generous brandy and tells another of his ghost stories.

By 21st Century standards, the tales are far from chilling, unless

This is just what it says in the title, a book of ghosts. Ghost stories of many varieties written by one person and published in this compilation in the year 1904. So the language and style are definitely dated and sometimes hard reading. The stories themselves also vary in their quality and spookin

Wonderful Book

Sometimes poetic and sometimes prophetic rarely tedious as the Bible can be! A rare find at he right time it will touch you with ancients magic.

Quite a maddening book to review. As ghost stories go, most of these tales are not scary at all, nor are they particularly well written. There are, however, a handful of humourous stories here which are very fine, such as the tale of the ghost of a French waiter who is exorcised in typical Gallic fa

I was not very impressed with this read. It left me bored. It was a book of some length with very boring uneventful ghost stories.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Diamond

Sometimes, when I have finished a mediocre book, I try not to judge it too harshly, but instead savor the pleasure of encountering the intelligent and amiable person who wrote it. Just as you might if you were remembering a conversation with an interesting old man on a train.

It is 1904. You are taki

Easy reading. The stories are more moralistic than scary but kept me absorbed. The author was an Anglican priest who wrote reams of fiction.

Sabine Baring-Gould was a man of numerous talents. He was an Anglican priest, a respected archaeologist, a folklorist, and one of the most prolific writers of both fiction and non-fiction of the Victorian era. There are more than twelve hundred publications listed in his bibliography, and his works

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