The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories : from Elizabeth Gaskell to Ambrose Bierce, Paperback

The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories : from Elizabeth Gaskell to Ambrose Bierce Paperback

Edited by Michael Newton

3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


'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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Horror & ghost stories
  • ISBN: 9780141442365



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A nice, though not spectacular, collection of ghost stories. For me, the standouts were the Dickens and Wharton stories; Henry James's contribution is an overly verbose, overwrought mess of a thing. Several of the stories are more funny than frightening, and a couple are written in unrelenting dialect (helpful glossary provided at the back). The stories are nicely annotated, even if they don't form a particularly coherent whole, they're an amusing read.

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