The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories Paperback
Edited by Peter Haining
Part of the Mammoth Books series
Expanded and with great new stories, this is the biggest and best anthology of ghostly hauntings ever.
Over 40 tales of visitation by the undead - from vengeful and violent spirits, set on causing harm to innocent people tucked up in their homes, to rarer and more kindly ghosts, returning from the grave to reach out across the other side.
Yet others entertain desires of a more sinister bent, including the erotic.
This new edition includes a selection of favourite haunted house tales chosen by famous screen stars Boris Karloff, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
Plus a top ranking list of contributors that includes Stephen King, Bram Stoker, Ruth Rendell, and James Herbert - all brought together by an anthologist who himself lives in a haunted house. Stories include: Something unspeakable lurks in a Connecticut apartment closet, in Stephen King's 'The Boogeyman'; An Irish castle holds something truly horrifying in wait, in 'The Whistling Room' by William Hope Hodgson; The lecherous old ghost of a Georgian country house eyes up his latest tenant, in Norah Lofts' 'Mr Edward'; An ancient mansion on a shelf of rock previously occupied by a doomed castle, in 'In Letters of Fire' by Gaston Le Roux; The hunter is hunted in James Herbert's tale of nineteenth-century country mansion, 'The Ghost Hunter'; Psychic phenomena and poltergeists, avenging spirits and phantom lovers - curl up and read on, but never imagine you are safe from a visit...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 576 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 28/07/2005
- Category: Horror & ghost stories
- ISBN: 9781845291853
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Review by passion4reading
The beauty of this substantial anthology is that Peter Haining has deliberately chosen stories that not many readers would have come across before, introducing a whole host of previously unknown authors and a wide variety of styles and time periods, thereby allowing us to dip in and out at leisure and being rewarded with a very entertaining way to pass the time, preferably at night, and some genuine chills, notably Stephen Kings "The Boogeyman", H. Russell Wakefield's "Ghost Hunt", W. W. Jacobs' "The Toll-House", Basil Copper's "The Grey House" and Bram Stoker's "The Judge's House"; the sense of menace and impending doom is almost palpable. There are some gentler examples too, Penelope Lively's comic "Uninvited Ghosts" and Hugh Walpole's touching "A Little Ghost". The stories are categorised and divided into different sections: Haunted Places, Avenging Spirits, Shadowy Corners, Phantom Lovers, Little Terrors, Psychic Phenomena and Houses of Horror, and each is preceded by a brief introduction by Peter Haining, giving the reader some information about the author and the time period it is set in, as well as a mock estate agent's summary about the property. Some work better than others but that is only to be expected when covering such a wide range. Thoroughly recommended.