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The Water Ghost and Others

John Kendrick Bangs

Book Overview: 

Eight ghost stories by a master story teller and humorist of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Bangletop, cutting De Herbert short. "When I am interested in the table-talk of cooks, I'll let you know. What I wish to hear is what do you think was the cause of her leaving?"

"I have no opinion on the subject," replied the private secretary, with becoming dignity. "I only know that at four o'clock this morning she knocked at my door, and demanded her wages for four days, and vowed she'd stay no longer in the house."

"And why, pray, did you not inform me of the fact, instead of having me travel away down here from London?" queried Bangletop.

"You forget, Baron," replied De Herbert, with a deprecatory gesture—"you forget that there is no system of telegraphy by which you could be reached. I may be poor, sir, but I'm just as much of a baron as you are, and I will take the liberty of saying right here, in what would be the shadow of your beard, if you had one, sir, that a man who insists on receiving . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Post-modernism Revealed during the era of the Great Spiritualists! Very unexpected and detached satire, though if one is looking for gothic frights and not triple irony disappointment will ensue.

More great Bangsian humorous "horror" writing. While he never gets terribly close to the frightening zone despite his continual use of ghosts and other traditional horror fair, he is strong at social satire , poking fun through all his characters - natural and supernatural - at the world around and

A wonderful set of ghostly and mysterious short stories set over one hundred years ago.


I've never read book written in in the Victorian era but this won't by any means be the last *****

An anthology of 8 comical Victorian era ‘ghost stories’ by the American humorist & satirist John Kendrick Bangs. Originally published in 1894, by Harper & Brothers, the stories in this compilation provides entertaining reading.

The Water Ghost Of Harrowby Hall, the title story of this collection, is