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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 . . . Read More

Community Reviews

The middle story was my favorite. The last story gave me chills. I thought I knew where it was going and I absolutely did not.

Good and spooky enough for Victorian era, but not very scary for our era. :)

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, I d

Hmm. I like Dicken’s writing style so much (Don’t believe anyone who tells you he got paid by the word, it’s simply not true, and he really isn’t that wordy or hard to understand, give him a shot). However, I didn’t feel these stories were quite creepy enough for me to really enjoy them, though part

Sometimes it’s good to read some classics. Sometimes it just serves to remind the reader of changing times and tastes. This selection was inspired by a modern pastiche of a Victorian scary story from a book I’ve recently read. That one was lovely, actually. And these stories not so much. Maybe it’s

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.

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