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Wandering Ghosts

F. Marion Crawford

Book Overview: 

This is a collection of seven ghost stories by Francis Marion Crawford. The volume includes all of the essential ingredients for good ghost and horror stories, such as mysterious deaths, haunted houses, and even vampires.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . no land within five hundred miles, and the ship coming up and falling off as regularly as clockwork—"Biddy te boor beebles ashore tis night, poys!" old Blauklot sang out, as he went off to his quarters with the sail-maker. I often think of that, now that I'm ashore for good and all.

Yes, it was on a night like this, when I was at home for a spell, waiting to take the Olympia out on her first trip—it was on the next voyage that she broke the record, you remember—but that dates it. Ninety-two was the year, early in November.

The weather was dirty, Pratt was out of temper, and the dinner was bad, very bad indeed, which didn't improve matters, and cold, which made it worse. The poor little lady was very unhappy about it, and insisted on making a Welsh rarebit[Pg 46] on the table to counteract the raw turnips and the half-boiled mutton. Pratt must have had a hard day. Perhaps he had lost a patient. At all events, he was in a nasty temper.Read More

Community Reviews

I checked this out after hearing that one of the stories was a vampire tale. It turned out to be a psychic vampire, but still, it was interesting. Actually every one of the three stories I read was interesting, though verbose. That's not to say they were poorly written. They were just written for...more

These eight short stories by F. Marion Crawford remind me of the supernatural fiction of John Buchan. Both authors were accomplished popular authors of their day, skillful at painting a scene, relating a conflict or encounter, and creating a memorable effect. Both of them, however, seem to be men...more

I'm not sure what I was expecting with this collection. I enjoyed it, and Crawford is a good writer. If I liked short stories more, I might have given it an extra star, but I just have a hard time with them. I like to sink into a story, and it needs to be longer than 30 pages (the longest one in...more

El escritor norteamericano Francis Marion Crawford es un gran desconocido actualmente. Sin embargo, en su época, finales del siglo XIX y principios del siglo XX, tuvo una gran relevancia. Hoy en día, sería un autor olvidado si no fuese por sus relatos de terror, recogidos inicialmente en su ya cé...more

Eight ghost stories, including his most famous three, "For the Blood is the Life", "The Upper Berth" and "The Screaming Skull". The latter is over-wrought, but effective. The other two are frequently anthologized for good reason, and the remaining stories are one and all entertaining.

Z początku moje pierwsze spotkanie z twórczością F. Mariona Crawforda zapowiadało się na kompletną porażkę. Pierwsze dwa opowiadania - Upiorny uśmiech i Wrzeszcząca Czaszka z Wędrownych duchów nie przypadły mi jakoś wyjątkowo do gustu, a czytając drugie wręcz się wymęczyłam. Naczytałam się jak to...more

Leer es un placer, leer horror es más placer, pero leer horror bien escrito es orgásmico. Cada uno de los relatos está escrito de manera impecable, mención especial los detallados relatos marítimos, el celo en el detalle de las descripciones hacen un obligado para cualquier aficionado a la lectur...more

Even though most readers consider "The Upper Berth"to be one of the finest stories ever written by Crawford, I found "The Screaming Skull" to be a richer, a more complicated and hence, a vastly superior story. Among the rest of the stories, I found "The Doll's Ghost" to be an enchanting and a bea...more

Autor desconocido merecidamente por ser tan bueno. Relatos hechos con amor, miedo y placer. El resultado es terrorífico.

El no escribir por dinero, ni tener la presión y subidón de la fama. Hace que se escriba como a uno le sale, y no como se quiere.

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