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Wandering Ghosts

F. Marion Crawford

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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

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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 a

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 of

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 thi

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 céleb

“[…] and the sea looked as pleasant and as harmless as a cat that has just eaten a canary.“

I must definitely have come across the story The Upper Berth in one of the many horror anthologies I read in my teenage years, because the open porthole and the stench of sea-weed in the state-room are motifs


Es uno de los pocos libros que me han erizado el pelo. La forma de narrar tiene un toque de lo más espeluznante y envolvente; sin embargo, en bastantes ocasiones se me han hecho largo y algo cansinos. Daba muchas vueltas a un mismo hecho o hacia demasiadas alusiones al lector haciendo que salga


Valdemar recuperó a un autor casi olvidado con la publicación de La calavera aullante y otros relatos de fantasmas espeluznantes. Gracias a su labor de redescubrimiento de autores tan solo conocidos por los más eruditos en la materia, podemos disfrutar de notables antologías como la que nos

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

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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