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Grim Tales

E. Nesbit

Book Overview: 

A collection of gentle stories that draw us into that hidden world where fear is just around the next corner, and where loving hands can touch across the boundaries of death.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I suppose," she said, laughing softly; and her laughter stirred memories which I just grasped at, and just missed. "But you and I know better, don't we? I will tell you everything you have forgotten. We loved each other—ah! no, you have not forgotten that—and when you came back from the war we were to be married. Our pictures were painted before you went away. You know I was more learned than women of that day. Dear one, when you were gone they said I was a witch. They tried me. They said I should be burned. Just because I had looked at the stars and had gained more knowledge than they, they must needs bind me to a stake and let me be eaten by the fire. And you far away!"

Her whole body trembled and shrank. O love, what dream would have told me that my kisses would soothe even that memory?

"The night before," she went on, "the devil did come to me. I was innocent before—you know it, don't you? And even then my sin was for you—for. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I've read this collection in preparation for narrating an audiobook version.
I enjoyed all the stories, Man-Sized In Marble particularly stands out and The Ebony Frame is also very good. The Semi-Detached is enjoyable for its succinctness and subtle wit. The others are also good and the writing, p...more

I remember reading E. Nesbit's stories as a child and always enjoying them. I only recently discovered that she'd written these short horror stories for adults. They are, as with all her books, well-written but also very eerie and sinister tales.

It took me several tries before I could get into the stories and whenever I paused the audio, I kept forgetting what was said before. This is a collection of decent, supernatural stories with love and relationships as the central theme. There are deals with the devil, the dead returning to marry...more

An excellent collection of spine-tingling ghost stories

A short collection of seven ghostly tales by the author better known for her works for younger readers, like The Railway Children and Five Children and It. Of the seven, two are extraordinarily slight (one has the feel of a retold urban legend), and most of the seven are a tad predictable in that...more

A somewhat uneven collection of ghost or horror stories by a favorite author of mine.

"The Ebony Frame" - my favorite story. A man inherits a house and its furnishings from his aunt. Among the items in the attic is the painting of a beautiful woman that casts a spell over him.This is a tale of pa...more

Grim indeed. Witty, chilling, dark little tales to shiver the bones.

All of the stories get 2 stars, except for Man-Size in Marble which gets 4 stars. All of the stories are of the supernatural kind, but aren't too original. Most have a twist ending, but you can easily predict what the twist will be. Only Man-Size in Marble is a bit original and it has a great spo...more

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