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.

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary


Author: Montague Rhodes James
Publisher: Booklassic
ISBN: 963524181X
Category: Fiction
Page: 91
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Ghost Stories of an Antiquary is the title of M. R. James' first collection of ghost stories, published in 1904 (some had previously appeared in magazines). Some later editions under this title contain both the original collection and its successor, More Ghost Stories (1911), combined in one volume. Montague Rhodes James (1862–1936) was a medieval scholar; Provost of King's College, Cambridge. He wrote many of his ghost stories to be read aloud in the long tradition of spooky Christmas Eve tales. His stories often use rural settings, with a quiet, scholarly protagonist getting caught up in the activities of supernatural forces. The details of horror are almost never explicit, the stories relying on a gentle, bucolic background to emphasise the awfulness of the otherworldly intrusions.

The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories


Author: Michael Cox,R. A. Gilbert
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: N.A
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.

Gothic Tales


Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198734298
Category: Fiction
Page: 549
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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 stories. Many of Doyle's writings are recognized 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," in a scholarly edition for the first time. 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.

The Classic Horror Stories


Author: H. P. Lovecraft
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191640891
Category: Fiction
Page: 528
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'Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep, and decay spreads over the tottering cities of men. A time will come - but I must not and cannot think!' H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was a reclusive scribbler of horror stories for the American pulp magazines that specialized in Gothic and science fiction in the interwar years. He often published in Weird Tales and has since become the key figure in the slippery genre of 'weird fiction'. Lovecraft developed an extraordinary vision of feeble men driven to the edge of sanity by glimpses of malign beings that have survived from human prehistory or by malevolent extra-terrestrial visitations. The ornate language of his stories builds towards grotesque moments of revelation, quite unlike any other writer. This new selection brings together nine of his classic tales, focusing on the 'Cthulhu Mythos', a cycle of stories that develops the mythology of the Old Ones, the monstrous creatures who predate human life on earth. It includes the Introduction from Lovecraft's critical essay, 'Supernatural Horror in Literature', in which he gave his own important definition of 'weird fiction'. In a fascinating contextual introduction, Roger Luckhurst gives Lovecraft the attention he deserves as a writer who used pulp fiction to explore a remarkable philosophy that shockingly dethrones the mastery of man.

Selected Tales


Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141925434
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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Since their first publication in the 1830s and 1840s, Edgar Allan Poe's extraordinary Gothic tales have established themselves as classics of horror fiction and have also created many of the conventions which still dominate the genre of detective fiction. As well as being highly enjoyable, Poe's tales are works of very real intellectual exploration. Attentive to the historical and political dimensions of these very American tales, this new selection places the most popular -- `The Fall of the House of Usher', `The Masque of the Red Death', `The Murders in the Rue Morgue; and `The Purloined Letter' -- alongside less well-known travel narratives, metaphysical essays and political satires.

The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories


Author: Henry James,T. J. Lustig
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
ISBN: 0199536171
Category: Fiction
Page: 266
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A young, inexperienced governess is charged with the care of Miles and Flora, two small children abandoned by their uncles at his grand country house. She sees the figure of an unknown man on the tower and his face at the window. It is Peter Quint, the master's dissolute valet, and he has come for little Miles. But Peter Quint is dead. Like the other tales collected here - `Sir Edmund Orme', `Owen Wingrave', and `The Friends of the Friends' - `The Turn of the Screw' is to all immediate appearances a ghost story. But are the appearances what they seem? Is what appears to the governess a ghost or a hallucination? Who else sees what she sees? The reader may wonder whether the children are victims of corruption from beyond the grave, or victims of the governess's `infernal imagination', which torments but also entrals her? `The Turn of the Screw' is probably the most famous, certainly the most eerily equivocal, of all ghostly tales. Is it a subtle, self-conscious exploration of the haunted house of Victorian culture, filled with echoes of sexual and social unease? Or is it simply, `the most hopelessly evil story that we have ever read'? The texts are those of the New York Edition, with a new Introduction and Notes. 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.

The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories


Author: Michael Cox,R. A. Gilbert
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192804472
Category: Fiction
Page: 497
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Collection of thirty-five English ghost stories written during the Victorian Era.

Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories

The Complete Ghost Stories of M.R. James
Author: Montague Rhodes James
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780143039396
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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Collects ghost stories and tales of the supernatural, featuring such works as "Count Magnus," "Number 13," and "Casting the Runes."

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. -

The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories

From Elizabeth Gaskell to Ambrose Bierce (Penguin Classics)
Author: Michael Newton
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: N.A
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. CONTENTS Chronology of the Ghost Story 1820–1914 Introduction Elizabeth Gaskell: The Old Nurse’s Story Fitz-James O’Brien: What Was It? Edward Bulwer Lytton: The Haunted and the Haunters: or, The House and the Brain Mary Elizabeth Braddon: The Cold Embrace Amelia B. Edwards: The North Mail Charles Dickens: No. 1 Branch Line: The Signal-man Sheridan Le Fanu: Green Tea Harriet Beecher Stowe: The Ghost in the Cap’n Brown House Robert Louis Stevenson: Thrawn Janet Margaret Oliphant: The Open Door Rudyard Kipling: At the End of the Passage Lafcadio Hearn: Nightmare-Touch W. W. Jacobs: The Monkey’s Paw Mary Wilkins Freeman: The Wind in the Rose-Bush M. R. James: ‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’ Ambrose Bierce: The Moonlit Road Henry James: The Jolly Corner Mary Austin: The Readjustment

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The Great Ghost Stories of M.R. James
Author: M.R. James
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
ISBN: 1623650259
Category: Fiction
Page: 673
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Montague Rhodes James--M. R. James--was an English academic and provost of King's College and Eton. He started writing ghost stories to entertain his friends. . . one hundred and fifty years after his birth he is now revered as the father of the modern English ghost story. This gorgeous hardback collection contains all thirty-five of M.R. James's highly acclaimed ghost stories, including the classics: "Oh Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad" and "Canon Alberic's Scrapbook."

Ghost Stories


Author: M. R. James
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241341639
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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In these stories James continues his transformation of the ghost story from its nineteenth century heritage. Drawing upon his deep knowledge of medieval history, biblical curiosa, and the hidden and mysterious corners of the English countryside, James fashioned stories that, while drawing upon the ancient past, exhibit horrors that are all too balefully active in the present. The Penguin English Library - collectable general readers' editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century to the end of the Second World War.

The Collected Ghost Stories of E.F. Benson


Author: Edward Frederic Benson,Richard Dalby
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780786703654
Category: Ghost stories, English
Page: 624
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This collection brings together 50 of E.F. Benson's masterfully frightening literary ghost stories, ranking with the best chillers of M.R. James and Henry James. The apparitions Benson creates never fail to chill and mesmerize--late-night reading fare, to be sure --Booklist.

Victorian Fairy Tales


Author: Michael Newton
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 019960195X
Category: Fiction
Page: 444
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The Victorian fascination with fairyland is reflected in the literature of the period, which includes some of the most imaginative fairy tales ever written. They offer the shortest path to the age's dreams, desires, and wishes. Authors central to the nineteenth-century canon such as Thackeray, Oscar Wilde, Ford Madox Ford, and Rudyard Kipling wrote fairy tales, and authors primarily famous for their work in the genre include George MacDonald, Juliana Ewing, Mary De Morgan, and Andrew Lang. This anthology brings together fourteen of the best stories, by these and other outstanding practitioners, to show the vibrancy and variety of the form and its ability to reflect our deepest concerns. The stories in this selection range from pure whimsy and romance to witty satire and darker, uncanny mystery. Paradox proves central to a form offered equally to children and adults. Fairyland is a dynamic and beguiling place, one that permits the most striking explorations of gender, suffering, love, family, and the travails of identity. Michael Newton's introduction and notes explore the literary marketplace in which these tales appeared, as well as the role they played in contemporary debates on scepticism and belief. The book also includes a selection of original illustrations by some of the masters of the field such as Richard Doyle, Arthur Hughes, and Walter Crane.

The New Young Oxford Book of Ghost Stories


Author: Dennis Pepper
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192781789
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 216
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Tells stories about all kinds of ghosts, including children, snooker-players, ventriloquist's dummies, and warriors.

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 Complete Fairy Tales


Author: Charles Perrault,Christopher Betts
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199585806
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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Perrault's fairy tales in a scintillating new translation, including the less familiar verse tales and with illustrations by Gustave Doré. The introduction explores the imaginative power of the stories and the many interpretations to which they have been subject.

The Big Book of Ghost Stories


Author: Otto Penzler
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 0307474496
Category: Fiction
Page: 833
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An anthology of more than 80 short horror tales spans more than a century of writing, from the Victorian and Edwardian gothic works of Kipling and Saki, to the pulp era's shock tales by August Derleth and Henry S. Whitehead, to modern pieces by Joyce Carol Oates and Donald E. Westlake. Original. 17,500 first printing.