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.

Horror Stories

Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson
Author: Darryl Jones
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199685436
Category: Fiction
Page: 510
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Collects twenty-nine classic nineteenth-century horror tales from American, Irish, British, and European authors, with author information and explanatory notes.

Denn das Blut ist das Leben

und andere Geschichten
Author: Francis Marion Crawford
Publisher: neobooks
ISBN: 3847612859
Category: Fiction
Page: 72
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Nachdem sein Name lange Zeit fast vergessen war, ist Francis Marion Crawford (1854-1909) in den letzten Jahrzehnten wieder als Meister übernatürlicher Erzählungen ins literarische Bewusstsein gerückt. Diese Sammlung präsentiert neben einer Einführung in Leben und Werk Crawfords vier seiner fantastischen Geschichten: „Die obere Koje“: Mr. Brisbane erzählt von seiner Begegnung mit einem Geist auf einem Ozeandampfer , „wenn es ein Geist war. Tot jedenfalls war es.“ - H.P. Lovecraft rühmte „Die obere Koje“ als Crawfords „Meisterwerk und eine der eindruckvollsten Horrorgeschichten in der Literatur überhaupt.“ „Denn das Blut ist das Leben“: eine düster-romantische Vampirgeschichte, die durch ihre nahezu poetischen Passagen und die gekonnte Skizzierung des ebenso harschen wie pittoresken süditalienischen Schauplatzes besticht. „Der kreischende Schädel“: eine eindringliche, psychologisch-raffinierte Warnung vor dem allzu sorglosen Umgang mit makaberen Anekdoten. „Der Puppengeist“: Bernard Puckler, Londons führender Puppendoktor, wird von Todesangst um seine Tochter Else und von einer unheimlichen Erscheinung heimgesucht. - Eine Geschichte nicht ohne Sentimentalität, aber mit sanfter Ironie erzählt und einmal mehr virtuos im Spannungsaufbau. Übersetzt, eingeleitet und herausgegeben von Thomas Jeenicke.

Casting the Runes and Other Ghost Stories

Author: M. R. James
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
ISBN: 0191504246
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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This selection of 21 stories represents the best of James's work, and includes three stories which are not in the Collected Edition. - ;This selection of 21 stories represents the best of James's work, and includes three stories which are not in the Collected Edition. -

A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English

Print and Electronic Sources
Author: Sherri L. Brown,Carol Senf,Ellen J. Stockstill
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442277483
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 252
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A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English covers Gothic cultural artifacts such as literature, film, graphic novels, and videogames. This authoritative guide equips researchers with valuable recent information about noteworthy resources that they can use to study the Gothic effectively and thoroughly.

The War of the Worlds

Author: H. G. Wells
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198702647
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
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One of the most important and influential invasion narratives ever written, The War of the Worlds (1897) describes the coming of the Martians, who land in Woking, and make their way remorselessly towards the capital, wreaking chaos, death, and destruction. The novel is closely associated with anxiety about a possible invasion of Great Britain at the turn of the century, and concerns about imperial expansion and its impact, and it drew on the latest astronomical knowledge to imagine a desert planet, Mars, turning to Earth for its future. The Martians are also evolutionarily superior to mankind. About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum 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, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Gothic Tales

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192571664
Category: Literary Collections
Page: N.A
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'There was a rumour, too, that he was a devil-worshipper, or something of that sort, and also that he had the evil eye...' Arthur Conan Doyle was the greatest genre writer Britain has ever produced. Throughout a long writing career, he drew on his own medical background, his travels, and his increasing interest in spiritualism and the occult to produce a spectacular array of Gothic Tales. Many of Doyle's writings are recognised as the very greatest tales of terror. They range from hauntings in the polar wasteland to evil surgeons and malevolent jungle landscapes. This collection brings together over thirty of Conan Doyle's best Gothic Tales. Darryl Jones's introduction discusses the contradictions in Conan Doyle's very public life - as a medical doctor who became obsessed with the spirit world, or a British imperialist drawn to support Irish Home Rule - and shows the ways in which these found articulation in that most anxious of all literary forms, the Gothic.

Medieval Studies and the Ghost Stories of M. R. James

Author: Patrick J. Murphy
Publisher: Penn State Press
ISBN: 0271079576
Category: Religion
Page: 264
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Montague Rhodes James authored some of the most highly regarded ghost stories of all time—classics such as “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” that have been adapted many times over for radio and television and have never gone out of print. But while James is best known as a fiction writer and storyteller, he was also a provost of King’s College, Cambridge, and Eton College, and a legendary and influential scholar whose pioneering work in the study of biblical texts and medieval manuscripts, art, and architecture is still relevant today. In Medieval Studies and the Ghost Stories of M. R. James, Patrick J. Murphy argues that these twin careers are inextricably linked. James’s research not only informed his fiction but also reflected his anxieties about the nature of academic life and explored the delicate divide between professional, university men and erratic hobbyists or antiquaries. Murphy shows how detailed attention to the scholarly inspirations behind James’s fiction provides considerable insight into a formative moment in medieval studies, as well as into James’s methods as a master stylist of understated horror. During his life, James often claimed that his stories were mere entertainments—pleasing distractions from a life largely defined by academic discipline and restraint—and readers over the years have been content to take him at his word. This intriguing volume, however, convincingly proves otherwise.

Was vom Tage übrig blieb

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641202159
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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Stevens dient als Butler in Darlington Hall. Er sorgt für einen tadellosen Haushalt und ist die Verschwiegenheit in Person: Niemals würde er auch nur ein Wort über die merkwürdigen Vorgänge im Herrenhaus verlieren. Er stellt sein Leben voll und ganz in den Dienst seines Herrn. Auch die vorsichtigen Annäherungsversuche von Miss Kenton, der Haushälterin, weist er brüsk zurück. Viele Jahre lang lebt ergeben in seiner Welt, bis ihn eines Tages die Vergangenheit einholt. Das kritische Portrait einer von Klasse und Hierarchien geprägten Gesellschaft und eine bittersüße Liebesgeschichte, erzählt von einem, der seinen Stand nie hinterfragt und der nie auch nur geahnt hat, dass er liebte. Zum Literaturnobelpreis 2017 jetzt als bibliophlie Sonderausgabe.

Kleine Meerjungfrauen und hässliche Entlein

Author: Hans Christian Andersen
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783806749731
Page: 94
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6 bekannte Märchen von Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) u.a. äDäumelinchenä, äDer standhafte Zinnsoldatä, äDie Nachtigallä, äDie Prinzessin auf der Erbseä. - Ab 8.

Das Nebelland

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3746061709
Category: Fiction
Page: 276
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"Das Nebelland" (Im Original: "The Land of Mist") ist ein 1926 erschienener Roman des britischen Schriftstellers Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Im Zentrum der Erzählung stehen spiritistische Séancen. Diese dritte Folge der "Challenger Stories" gehört zu den früheren Science-Fiction-Romanen in englischer Sprache, greift jedoch zugleich auch Elemente des Abenteuerromans auf.

Was war es?

Author: Fitz James O'Brien
Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag
ISBN: 3849644006
Category: Fiction
Page: 18
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"Geschichten für schlaflose Nächte" bietet Ihnen die schönsten, gruseligsten, unheimlichsten und atemberaubendsten Kurzgeschichten der okkulten und übernatürlichen Belletristik. Klassiker des Horror-, Geister- und Mystery-Genres erwachen hier zu neuem Leben. Band 1: Was war es? In der 26th Street in New York steht ein Haus, in dem es zu spuken scheint. Nichtsdestotrotz zieht eine Alterspension dort ein. Während die Bewohner nur darauf warten, wann sich wohl der erste Geist zeigt, diskutieren zwei der Pensionäre darüber, was wohl der ultimative aller Schrecken sei. Keiner von beiden hatte eine Ahnung, dass dieser sich noch in derselben Nacht offenbaren sollte ....

Sleeping With the Lights On

The Unsettling Story of Horror
Author: Darryl Jones
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192561065
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 208
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Four o'clock in the morning, and the lights are on and still there's no way we're going to sleep, not after the film we just saw. The book we just read. Fear is one of the most primal human emotions, and one of the hardest to reason with and dispel. So why do we scare ourselves? It seems almost mad that we would frighten ourselves for fun, and yet there are thousands of books, films, games, and other forms of entertainment designed to do exactly that. As Darryl Jones shows, the horror genre is huge. Ranging from vampires, ghosts, and werewolves to mad scientists, Satanists, and deranged serial killers, the cathartic release of scaring ourselves has made its appearance in everything from Shakespearean tragedies to internet memes. Exploring the key tropes of the genre, including its monsters, its psychological chills, and its love affair with the macabre, Darryl Jones discusses why horror stories disturb us, and how society responds to literary and film representations of the gruesome and taboo. Should the enjoyment of horror be regarded with suspicion? Are there different levels of the horrific, and should we distinguish between the commonly reviled carnage of contemporary torture porn and the culturally acceptable bloodbaths of ancient Greek tragedies? Analysing the way in which horror manifests multiple personalities, and has been used throughout history to articulate the fears and taboos of the current generation, Jones considers the continuing evolution of the genre today. As horror is mass marketed to mainstream society in the form of romantic vampires and blockbuster hits, it also continues to maintain its former shadowy presence on the edges of respectability, as banned films and violent internet phenomena push us to question both our own preconceptions and the terrifying capacity of human nature.

Zwischen Himmel und Liebe

Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104006539
Category: Fiction
Page: 528
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Die Geschichte einer magischen Liebe – und einer Familie auf dem Weg zu sich selbst. Zum Freuen und Weinen schön, voller Hoffnung, Tiefe und Humor. Elizabeth hat ihr Leben fest im Griff. Sie kümmert sich um ihr Designbüro, ihren mürrischen Vater, die unzuverlässige Schwester und ihren sechsjährigen Neffen Luke. Doch niemanden lässt sie wirklich an sich heran – zu schmerzhaft war die Vergangenheit. Ivan ist nicht von dieser Welt. Niemand kann ihn sehen. Wirklich niemand? Nur seine Schützlinge: Sein Job ist, „bester Freund“ zu sein für jemanden, der ihn braucht. So wie der einsame kleine Luke. Als Ivan jedoch plötzlich auch eine Verbindung zu Elizabeth spürt, ist er verwirrt – sie gehört doch gar nicht zu seinen Aufgaben ... »Eine wunderbare Geschichte voller Überraschungen und mit einem Hauch von Magie.« NDR

The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories

Author: Michael Cox,R. A. Gilbert
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Category: Ghost stories
Page: 504
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This selection of forty-two stories written between 1829 and 1968 is the first to present the full range and vitality of the English tradition of literary ghost fiction. Fully satisfying what Virginia Woolf called 'the strange human craving for the pleasure of being afraid', it demonstratesthe traditions historical development as well as its major themes, and characteristics. The fictional ghost story is dominated by English authors, from J. S. Le Fanu and M. R. James to Walter de la Mare and Robert Aickman, and by American authors, such as Edith Wharton, writing in the English tradition. As the editors stress in their informative introduction, a good ghost story,though it may raise many profound questions about life and death, entertains as much as it unsettles us. Featuring such authors as Algernon Blackwood, H. Russell Wakefield, Henry James, and Elizabeth Bowen, this anthology combines a serious literary purpose with the plain intention of arousingpleasing fear at the doings of the dead.

Die kalte Umarmung

Author: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag
ISBN: 3849645428
Category: Fiction
Page: 15
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"Geschichten für schlaflose Nächte" bietet Ihnen die schönsten, gruseligsten, unheimlichsten und atemberaubendsten Kurzgeschichten der okkulten und übernatürlichen Belletristik. Klassiker des Horror-, Geister- und Mystery-Genres erwachen hier zu neuem Leben. Band 8: Die kalte Umarmung Er war jung, hübsch, fleißig, enthusiastisch, metaphysisch, wagemutig, ungläubig, herzlos. Er war ein Künstler und Liebe war für ihn nur etwas zeitweiliges. Während er seiner Geliebten erzählt, dass er für sie selbst aus dem Jenseits zurückkehren würde, wendet er sich bereits anderen Frauen zu. Bald sieht keine Geliebte keinen Ausweg mehr. Sie bringt sich um und es zeigt sich, dass Liebe nach dem Tod tatsächlich dramatische Formen annehmen kann ...

The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories

From Elizabeth Gaskell to Ambrose Bierce
Author: Michael Newton
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141943815
Category: Fiction
Page: 464
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'The ghost is the most enduring figure in supernatural fiction. He is absolutely indestructible... He changes with the styles in fiction but he never goes out of fashion. He is the really permanent citizen of the earth, for mortals, at best, are but transients' - Dorothy Scarborough This new selection of ghost stories, by Michael Newton, brings together the best of the genre. From Elizabeth Gaskell's 'The Old Nurse's Story' through to Edith Wharton's 'Afterword', this collection covers all of the most terrifying tales of the genre. With a thoughtful introduction, and helpful notes, Newton places the stories contextually within the genre and elucidates the changing nature of the ghost story and how we interpret it.