Night Terrors: the Ghost Stories of E. F. Benson

Author: Edward Frederic Benson

Publisher: Wordsworth

ISBN: 9781848703117

Category: Fiction

Page: 720

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‘His body was pressed against the wall at the head of the bed, and the face was a mask of agonised horror and fruitless entreaty. But the eyes were already glazed in death, and before Francis could reach the bed the body had toppled over and lay inert and lifeless. Even as he looked, he heard a limping step go down the passage outside.’ E. F. Benson was a master of the ghost story and now all his rich, imaginative, spine-tingling and beautifully written tales are presented together in this bumper collection. The range and variety of these spooky narratives is far broader and more adventurous than those of any other writer of supernatural fiction. Within the covers of this volume you will encounter revengeful spectres, vampires, homicidal spirits, monstrous spectral worms and slugs and other entities of nameless dread. This is a classic collection that cannot fail to charm and chill.

The Collected Ghost Stories of E.F. Benson

Author: Edward Frederic Benson,Richard Dalby

Publisher: Carroll & Graf Pub

ISBN: 9780786709809

Category: Fiction

Page: 624

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Available again, this collection brings together all of E. F. Benson's masterfully frightening literary ghost stories. Ranking with the best chillers of M. R. James and Henry James are over fifty classics of the macabre. Benson's graceful style unites these tales to create a thoroughly eerie atmosphere. E. F. Benson's most popular works include Secret Lives and Mrs. Ames, in addition to his Mapp and Lucia novels. "The apparitions Benson creates never fail to chill and mesmerize — late-night reading fare, to be sure!" —Booklist

Classic Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Stories

Author: Rex Collings

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781840220667

Category: Fiction

Page: 289

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This is a book to be read by a blazing fire on a winter's night, with the curtains drawn close and the doors securely locked. The unquiet souls of the dead, both as fictional creations and as 'real' apparitions, roam the pages of this haunting selection of ghost stories by Rex Collings. Some of these stories are classics while others are lesser-known gems unearthed from this vintage era of tales of the supernatural. There are stories from distant lands - 'Fisher's Ghost' by John Lang is set in Australia and 'A Ghostly Manifestation' by 'A Clergyman' is set in Calcutta. In this selection, Sir Walter Scott (a Victorian in spirit if not in fact), keeps company with Edgar Allen Poe, Sheridan Le Fanu and other illustrious masters of the genre.

Gothic Tales

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101199873

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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'"The curse—the curse!" I looked up in terror. In the great mirror opposite I saw myself, and right behind, another wicked, fearful self' An encounter with the supernatural in an everyday setting accentuates its strangeness; a truth used to eerie effect in Gaskell's Gothic tales. A portrait turned to the wall, a hidden manuscript, a mysterious child that lives on the freezing moors, a doppelganger formed by a woman's bitter curse: all of these things hint at male tyranny and woman as avenging angel—or devil. Gaskell was fascinated by the dualities in women's lives and the way in which fact and fiction merge. 'Disappearances', a mix of gossip, legend and fact, relates stories of mysterious vanishings, 'Lois the Witch', based on an account of the Salem witch hunts, shows how sexual desire and jealousy lead to communal hysteria and persecution, while 'The Grey Woman' explores a common Gothic theme, the way in which the ghosts of the past always return to haunt us. This edition includes an introduction, chronology, explanatory notes and an appendix giving a reader's response to 'Disappearances'.

The Haunter of the Ring and Other Tales

Author: Robert Ervin Howard

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781840220858

Category: Fiction

Page: 397

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From the unsurpassed imagination of the creator of Conan, Robert E. Howard, here are twenty-one tales of suspense, high adventure and Lovecraftian horror. Foul sacrifices are made to a reptilian God in Hungary, a werewolf prowls the corridors of a castle in strife-torn Africa, criminal masterminds on both sides of the Atlantic vie for world domination, an enchanted ring exerts a terrible influence upon its wearer... ...And, as written in the pages of the accursed Necronomicon and Unaussprechlichen Kulten, the Great Old Ones watch our world from beyond the void - and wait...

The Haunted Hotel and Other Strange Tales

Author: Wilkie Collins

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781840225334

Category: Fiction

Page: 317

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A collection of strange stories from Wilkie Collins, author of The Woman in White and The Moonstone. It also includes the novella, The Haunted Hotel, a combination of detective and ghost story set in Venice, a city of waterways and death.

Night Terrors

The Ghost Stories of E.F. Benson

Author: E. F. Benson

Publisher: Tales of Mystery & the Superna

ISBN: 9781840226850

Category: Fiction

Page: 720

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E. F. Benson was a master of the ghost story and now all his rich, imaginative, spine-tingling and beautifully written tales are presented together in this bumper collection.

The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

Author: Edith Wharton

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 144748052X

Category: Fiction

Page: 186

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Edith Wharton was one of the most successful authors of the early 20th century. In 1921, she became the first woman to ever receive the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Age of Innocence. Aside from her literary fiction, Wharton was widely respected as a writer of ghost stories. Collected here are her best tales, including 'The Duchess at Prayer', 'The Triumph of the Night', 'A Journey and many more'.

The Temple of Death

Author: A. C. Benson,Robert Hugh Benson

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781840225471

Category: Ghost stories

Page: 273

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The great oaken gate heaved and splintered, and a monstrous beast as huge as a horse appeared at the mouth of the den; his small head was laid back on his hairy shoulders, his little eyes gleamed wickedly, and his red mouth opened snarling fiercely.'Undeservedly, the weird and chilling ghost stories of Arthur Christopher Benson and Robert Hugh Benson have been neglected for far too long. This volume attempts to rectify that situation. This dark banquet of tales take us to strange, unworldly and often archaic environments, far removed from the manic pace and pressures of the twenty-first century, but as exercises in the art of luring the reader into a state of unease, they are as potent as they were when the ink was barely dry on the page.

Terror by Night

Classic Ghost and Horror Stories

Author: Ambrose Bierce

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781840225341

Category: Ghost stories

Page: 292

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Of all the writers of ghost and horror stories, Ambrose Bierce is perhaps the most colourful. He was a dark, cynical and pessimistic soul who had a grim vision of fate and the unfairness of life, which he channelled into his fiction.

The Dead of Night

The Ghost Stories of Oliver Onions

Author: Oliver Onions

Publisher: Tales of Mystery & the Superna

ISBN: 9781840226409

Category: Fiction

Page: 657

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Oliver Onions is unique in the realms of ghost story writers in that his tales are so far ranging in their background and substance that they are not easily categorised. Long out of print, these classic tales are a treasure trove of nightmarish gems.

Strange Tales

Author: Rudyard Kipling

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781840225327

Category: Fantasy fiction, English

Page: 284

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Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book, was also a master of the short story in which he was able to combine the strange and unnerving in order to draw the reader into the world of his own dark imaginings.This collection presents the best of these strange tales in which ghosts, monsters and inexplicable happenings abound.

Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder

Author: William Hope Hodgson

Publisher: The Floating Press

ISBN: 177541910X

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

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Long before the supernatural detectives at the center of television shows such as Medium and The Ghost Whisperer hit the airwaves, there was "detective of the occult" Thomas Carnacki, the fictional detective created by William Hope Hodgson, author of the novel The House on the Borderland. The Carnacki tales center around the eponymous detective's uncanny ability to get to the bottom of hauntings and other mysterious paranormal disturbances.

Collected Ghost Stories

Author: M. R. James

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191620447

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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'I was conscious of a most horrible smell of mould, and of a cold kind of face pressed against my own...' Considered by many to be the most terrifying writer in English, M. R. James was an eminent scholar who spent his entire adult life in the academic surroundings of Eton and Cambridge. His classic supernatural tales draw on the terrors of the everyday, in which documents and objects unleash terrible forces, often in closed rooms and night-time settings where imagination runs riot. Lonely country houses, remote inns, ancient churches or the manuscript collections of great libraries provide settings for unbearable menace, from creatures seeking retribution and harm. These stories have lost none of their power to unsettle and disturb. This edition presents all of James's published ghost stories, including the unforgettable 'Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad' and 'Casting the Runes', and an appendix of James's writings on the ghost story. Darryl Jones's introduction and notes provide a fascinating insight into James's background and his mastery of the genre he made his own. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Gothic Short Stories

Author: David Blair

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781840224252

Category: American fiction

Page: 244

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This collection contains works by such writers as Poe, Hawthorne, Gaskell, Dickens and M.R. James. It brings together stories from the earliest decades of Gothic writing with later 19th and early 20th century tales.

Ghost and Horror Stories

Author: Ambrose Bierce

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486207674

Category: Fiction

Page: 199

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Twenty-four grotesque horror tales written by Ambrose Bierce, the nineteenth-century journalist known for his cynicism

Voodoo Tales

The Ghost Stories of Henry S Whitehead

Author: Henry S. Whitehead

Publisher: Wordsworth

ISBN: 9781848703124

Category: Fiction

Page: 1062

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‘And behind him, like a misshapen black frog, bounded the Thing, its red tongue lolling out of its gash of a mouth, its diminutive blubbery lips drawn back in a murderous snarl…’ Let Henry S. Whitehead take you into the mysterious and macabre world of voodoo where beasts invade the mind of man and where lives of the living are racked by the spirits of the dead. In this collection of rare and out of print stories you will encounter the curses of the great Guinea-Snake, the Sheen, the weredog whose very touch means certain death, the curious tale of the ‘magicked’ mirror, and fiendish manikins who make life a living hell. Included in this festival of shivering fear is the remarkable narrative ‘Williamson’ which every editor who read the story shied away from publishing. With deceptive simplicity and chilling realism, Whitehead’s Voodoo Talesare amongst the most frightening ever written.

The Black Veil and Other Tales of Supernatural Sleuths

Author: Mark Valentine

Publisher: Wordsworth Classics

ISBN: 9781840220889

Category: Detective and mystery stories, English

Page: 256

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The Gateway of the Monster...The Red Hand...The Ghost HunterTo Sherlock Holmes the supernatural was a closed book: but other great detectives have always been ready to do battle with the dark instead. This volume brings together sixteen chilling cases of these supernatural sleuths, pitting themselves against the peril of ultimate evil. Here are encounters from the casebooks of the Victorian haunted house investigators John Bell and Flaxman Low, from Carnacki, the Edwardian battler against the abyss, and from horror master Arthur Machen's Mr Dyson, a man-about-town and meddler in strange things.Connoisseurs will find rare cases such as those of Allen Upward's 'The Ghost Hunter', Robert Barr's Eugene Valmont (who may have inspired Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot) and Donald Campbell's young explorer Leslie Vane, the James Bond of the jazz age, who battles against occult enemies of the British Empire. And the collection is completed by some of the best tales from the pens of modern psychic sleuth authors.

The Turn of the Screw and Other Ghost Stories

Author: Henry James

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141389761

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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An unsettling new collection of Henry James's best short stories exploring ghosts and the uncanny 'There had been a moment when I believed I recognised, faint and far, the cry of a child; there had been another when I found myself just consciously starting as at the passage, before my door, of a light footstep' 'I see ghosts everywhere', wrote Henry James, who retained a fascination with the supernatural and sensational throughout his writing career. This new collection brings together eight of James's tales exploring the uncanny, including his infamous ghost story, 'The Turn of the Screw', a work saturated with evil, in which a fraught governess becomes convinced that malicious spirits are menacing the children in her care. The other masterly works here include 'The Jolly Corner', 'Owen Wingrave' and further tales of visitations, premonitions, madness, grief and family secrets, where the living are just as mysterious and unknowable as the dead. With an introduction and notes by Susie Boyt General Editor Philip Horne