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Marvin KayeSaralee KayeIntroduction (Ghosts) • Marvin KayeA Prologue of Last Words • Marvin KayeMinuke • (1949) • Nigel KnealeThe Wind in the Rose-Bush • (1902) • Mary E. Wilkins FreemanLegal Rites • (1950) • Isaac Asimov and Frederik PohlSmee • (1929) • A.M. Burrage [as by Ex-Private X ]Thurlow's Christmas Story • (1894) • John Kendrick BangsThe Ghost, the Gallant, the GaMarvin KayeSaralee KayeIntroduction (Ghosts) • Marvin KayeA Prologue of Last Words • Marvin KayeMinuke • (1949) • Nigel KnealeThe Wind in the Rose-Bush • (1902) • Mary E. Wilkins FreemanLegal Rites • (1950) • Isaac Asimov and Frederik PohlSmee • (1929) • A.M. Burrage [as by Ex-Private X ]Thurlow's Christmas Story • (1894) • John Kendrick BangsThe Ghost, the Gallant, the Gael and the Goblin • (1868) • W.S. GilbertA Quartet of Strange Things • (1971) • Bernhardt J. HurwoodThe Lady of Finnigan's Hearth • (1977) • Parke GodwinThe Phantom Hag • Guy de MaupassantThe Ghost of the Capuchins • Eugène MontfortWho Rides With Santa Anna? • (1959) • Edward D. HochJane • Barbara GallowThe Tale of the German Student (aka The Adventure of the German Student) • (1824) • Washington IrvingThe Hounds of Hell • John MasefieldDoorslammer • (1963) • Donald A. WollheimThe Ensouled Violin • (1892) • Helena P. BlavatskyThe Monk of Horror • (1796) • AnonymousMr. Justice Harbottle • (1872) • Joseph Sheridan Le FanuThe Flying Dutchman • TraditionalThe Parlor-Car Ghost • AnonymousThe Red Room • (1896) • H.G. WellsA Gathering of Ghosts • Craig Shaw GardnerThe Woman's Ghost Story • (1907) • Algernon BlackwoodMiss Jeromette and the Clergyman • (1887) • Wilkie CollinsThe Phantom Woman • AnonymousThe Spectre Bride • AnonymousThe Midnight Embrace • (1973) • Matthew Gregory LewisThe Philosophy of Relative Existences • (1892) • Frank R. Stockton21 Main Street No. • Z.Z. JerommFour Ghosts in Hamlet • (1965) • Fritz LeiberThe Ghost of Sailboat Fred • Saralee TerryThe Fisherman's Story • Faith Lancereau and Anatole Le BrazThe Old Mansion • AnonymousThe Haunting of Y-12 • Al SarrantonioThe Ghostly Rental • (1876) • Henry JamesUntitled Ghost Story (Prologue to "Automata") • (1814) • E.T.A. HoffmannThe Doll's Ghost • (1911) • F. Marion CrawfordStaley Fleming's Hallucination • (1906) • Ambrose BierceThe Dead Woman's Photograph • AnonymousThe Castle of the King • (1881) • Bram StokerThe Canterville Ghost • (1887) • Oscar WildeBlind Man's Buff • (1929) • H. Russell WakefieldA Suffolk Miracle • TraditionalFather Stein's Tale • R.H. BensonThe Old Nurse's Story • (1852) • Elizabeth GaskellMoney Talks • Dick BaldwinThe Ghost of the Count • AnonymousThe Body Snatcher • (1884) • Robert Louis Stevenson"The Penhale Broadcast" • (1947) • Jack SnowThe Last Traveler • (1965) • Jean RayPhantom Regiment • (1847) • James GrantThe Tale of the Bagman's Uncle (aka The Bagman's Story) • (1837) • Charles DickensThe North Mail • (1864) • Amelia B. EdwardsHow Fear Departed from the Long Gallery • (1911) • E.F. BensonRalph • Marvin Kaye ...

Title : Ghosts: A Treasury of Chilling Tales Old & New
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Ghosts: A Treasury of Chilling Tales Old & New Reviews

  • Edwina Callan
    2019-01-21 04:45

    A collection of ghostly tales that I've slowly savored on these cold Winter nights.I'm left wondering if King read "How Fear Departed From the Long Gallery" and if that was his inspiration for "The Twins" in his book "The Shining."Hmmm ... something to ponder upon.

  • Sheri Pond
    2019-01-24 03:41

    Found this randomly (but almost like I was being drawn to it) on a shelf in Borders (before they sadly closed their doors)--and had to have it. It looks like an antique, and someday I imagine it will be old enough and book collectors will consider this book, and this particular edition, very antique. I loved this book. I read it during a rough time in my life and it was very much an escape. I would read it by candlelight every night until I turned the last page out of over 600. The Appendices are very interesting, too. It has been awhile since that time in my life, and I think reading this would be even better the second time around. Unfortunately, my copy suffered some water damage packed away, and the book cover is coming off. I think I can glue it back on though... Maybe its being worn out will add some more antiquity to it? Lol But all that aside, this is a book I highly recommend to all the paranormal junkies out there.

  • Diana Pauksta
    2019-01-26 04:21

    this is an anthology of ghost stories from all over the world, from the late 1700s to the present day. the title is misleading, however. some are creepier than others, some are comical, some are love stories, etc. some are not scary at all. but it's a nice book to pick up if you're in the mood for it.

  • Sharon Barrow Wilfong
    2019-02-14 22:38

    This was a fair mix of very good and mediocre ghost stories. The best I already had in more eclectic anthologies. The problem, I think for me, was the Editor, Marvin Kaye, is a science fiction, fantasy writer so half of the stories he included were written by authors of that genre and, if I may say so without offending, these writers are not of the same caliber of authors of classic literature. Although I must concede that a couple of the sci fi ones were pretty good. The Haunting of Y-12 by Al Sarrantonio was rather eerie. We find a scientist trying to use a computer (and by computer we mean one of those giant wall units, this is an old book, published in 1981) as a medium to contact his dead son. The results are perturbing.The only thought-provoking contribution that Kaye made has nothing to do with ghosts, even though it is based on his alleged contacts with his dead Uncle, (yes, he waits until the end of the book to let you know that). His Uncle died when he was twelve and did not receive a Bar Mitzvah. According to Kaye, his Uncle was hence regarded as "Not Jewish" and thereby excommunicated from the Jewish religion.I am not Jewish, but this intrigued me. What does that mean? Someone cannot be Jewish until they are Bar Mitzvahed? And what significance does that hold pertaining to the Jewish belief of the afterlife, assuming there is agreement. But that has nothing to do with the quality of this book except that Kaye includes a story of his own that he asserts is true, which concerns the various "contacts" he has had with his dead Uncle through out his life.In conclusion, not bad, just not good. The Oxford Book of Ghost is a far superior collection.

  • Kris
    2019-02-09 04:19

    A wonderfully eclectic compilation of ghost stories.

  • David Grasse
    2019-01-31 23:30

    Lost interest.

  • Michelle *The Bookish Hobbit*
    2019-01-25 23:30

    I read about 3/4 of this book (I did skip over The Canterville Ghost; I want to read it, but I'm not in the right mindset for the attention it deserves at the moment [FYI: I stopped reading at a story or two after The Canterville Ghost, so you'll know where I stopped and what I missed if you pick this book up]) and I'm giving up so close to the finish. This book calls itself A Treasury of Chilling Tales, but this is simply a collection of ghost stories, period. Very few of them are actually what you would call "chilling", and though even many of the non-scary selections are well written, I wanted what the cover promised, and I didn't get it. Below are a few if the stories I did think were creepy.(view spoiler)["Minuke" (Nigel Kneale) ~ A living haunted house that produces breathing sounds. Enjoyable. Sorry for the dog, though.The Wind in the Rose-Bush (Mary Wilkins-Freeman) ~ A contemptuous women neglects her step-daughter, leading to her death and a haunted house. Not bad; though the wicked step-mother was really trying my, and her stepdaughter's aunt's, nerves.Smee (A.M. Burrage) ~ A bit obvious, but a fun read. A Quartet of Strange Things (Bernhardt J. Hurwood) ~ Finally, these 4 (very) short stories are much closer to the scary, supernatural tales I was looking for when I checked out this book. A relief after the past few stories I read.The Phantom Hag (attributed to Guy de Maupassant) ~ Occupies less than 3 whole pages, but such fun! The best kind of short horror story: scary and to the point.The Ghost of the Capuchins (Eugène Montfort) ~ Very spooky and engaging.Jane (Barbara Gallow) ~ It's just OK. More than the story itself, I like the MCs job; he works in a well-preserved gothic-mansion-turned-radio-station, where he works alone on the weekends, and can read books undisturbed while listening to music, and only has to talk/do commercials once an hour. Plus, he gets to bring his dog inside (with me, it would be my cats!). The ghost is even of the "genteel" variety, and actually stopped making her presence known to recent occupants because she was worried what they thought of her. For a haunting, it's really not such a bad situation.The Tale of the German Student (Washington Irving) ~ The resolution seems obvious in retrospect, but not in an "I feel stupid way," just that the clue is in the story if you look.Doorslammer (Donald A. Wollheim) (founder of DAW Books publishing house) ~ More sad than scary, but well-written and engaging.The Spectre Bride (Anonymous) ~ Not scary but sweet and beautifully written.The Dead Woman's Photograph (Anonymous) ~ Strange things showing up in pictures is always creepy.Blind Man's Bluff (H. R. Wakefield) ~ I've heard or read a quote somewhere saying that the only thing scarier than being alone in the dark is finding out you're not alone in the dark, and that applies here.A Suffolk Miracle (Traditional) ~ A corpse comes back from the dead. It's a poem, but still good as a ghost story.And I forgot to add, in the correct order, The Red Room (H. G. Wells) ~ A very atmospheric story that I've read before and is probably the gem of this collection (up to the point I read, anyway).(hide spoiler)]

  • Willow Redd
    2019-02-01 02:21

    This book is a compilation of some fine ghost tales from various times and places. Put together by Marvin Kaye, this book features stories from some of the greats like Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde, some traditional tales, and some great anonymous stories.Kaye includes a tale of his own in the mix, but rightly puts it in the appendix instead of within the main text, not wanting to give the wrong impression. There is also a list of haunted locations, a bibliography for further reading, and a piece entitled "So You Want to Meet A Ghost." This last piece is so good, I really want to adapt it for a video.Definitely a good edition to any library specializing in ghost stories and supernatural terror.

  • Nick Rivard
    2019-01-31 04:38

    This is a surprisingly strong collection of ghost stories. They avoid much of the tired tropes of ghost stories and are incredibly varied and unique, never repeating themselves. My only two complaints of the book are that it is slightly too long and there is not enough world view. There are many stories that take place in different parts of the world but they are told, typically, by an Englishman who has traveled there and is giving his perspective. Rather than a story which is original to the region. In the end though these are small gripes and overall not terribly impactful on the overall book.

  • Rodney
    2019-02-14 02:47

    I first read this when I was about 11 years old and absolutely loved it. I decided to dig it out and reread it. The quality is wildly variable, but as a general rule the late-19th/early-20th c. stories are pretty good, some of them quite good, and the contemporary ones range from kind of awful to outright embarrassingly awful. There are also some "true" accounts, and...uh...yeah. I see why they're all anonymous. Mixed bag, but that's what I expected. Worth spending a couple bucks on for the good stories, if you want some ghost stories.

  • Janith Pathirage
    2019-02-01 23:46

    This's a really good anthology. A collection of 40 ghost stories .. Unfortunately, most of the stories are not frightening at all. But there are some real gems in this collection like 'Smee' , 'How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery' and 'Legal Rites', coming from some of the best players in the business. Good job Marvin Kaye !

  • Roger
    2019-01-23 06:23

    a book i picked up a couple of years ago in Fall, from a book sale at the Palatine IL librarymy copy has some damage to the front inside binding and the page that had the barcode and card-slot was torn out at the time of purchase

  • Alli
    2019-02-06 23:41

    Not all the stories in this collection are scary. Heck, not all of them are good! But if you are interested in the ghost story as a genre, this is a wonderfully varied collection that has everything from modern ghost romances to ghost epic poetry.

  • Fred
    2019-02-10 05:35

    Ghosts, but mostly not scary ghosts, and as far as the "Old and New" part goes, it was mostly pretty old. I'd say 90% of the authors were born in the 1800's, and in this collection are a lot of obscure works by very well known writers.

  • Joseph Ozias
    2019-02-01 22:36

    Some of these stories are scary, and some are boring, but this collection on a whole is necessary for a hardcore ghost story fan.

  • Ken
    2019-01-26 23:21

    Great collection of amazing works!

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-02 03:32

    A fun collection of ghost stories, some better than others. Overall though, I enjoyed it.

  • Amy Talluto
    2019-01-24 23:33

    In spite of one of the stories in this book being gloriously titled: "The Glowing Maggot of Doom," the stories were generally rarely captivating or scary.

  • Albie
    2019-02-15 05:21

    Ghosts: A Treasury of Chilling Tales Old and New (Contemporary Bonded Leather Fibers Series) by Marvin Kaye (1993)

  • Sam Ouellette
    2019-02-08 02:38

    Best collection of ghost stories I have ever read.