The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle,Walter Scott

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781943910564

Category: Fiction

Page: 292

View: 5784

The first-ever collection of Victorian Christmas ghost stories, culled from rare 19th-century periodicals During the Victorian era, it became traditional for publishers of newspapers and magazines to print ghost stories during the Christmas season for chilling winter reading by the fireside or candlelight. Now for the first time thirteen of these tales are collected here, including a wide range of stories from a diverse group of authors, some well-known, others anonymous or forgotten. Readers whose only previous experience with Victorian Christmas ghost stories has been Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" will be surprised and delighted at the astonishing variety of ghostly tales in this volume. "In the sickly light I saw it lying on the bed, with its grim head on the pillow. A man? Or a corpse arisen from its unhallowed grave, and awaiting the demon that animated it?" - John Berwick Harwood, "Horror: A True Tale" "Suddenly I aroused with a start and as ghostly a thrill of horror as ever I remember to have felt in my life. Something--what, I knew not--seemed near, something nameless, but unutterably awful." - Ada Buisson, "The Ghost's Summons" "There was no longer any question what she was, or any thought of her being a living being. Upon a face which wore the fixed features of a corpse were imprinted the traces of the vilest and most hideous passions which had animated her while she lived." - Walter Scott, "The Tapestried Chamber"

Christmas Ghost Stories

Author: Michael J. Hallowell

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445611392

Category: Fiction

Page: 96

View: 9630

Christmas Ghost Stories is a chilling collection of ghost stories with a Christmas theme.

Classic Ghost Stories

Spooky Tales to Read at Christmas

Author: Various

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 147354887X

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 7434

Do you believe in ghosts? Not monsters, not floating objects or unexplained coincidences, but an actual presence – a flicker in the corner of the eye, a shadow in a darkened hallway, a hand pressed against the window, or a figure at the end of the bed. Sometimes they are a malevolent warning, or they come seeking revenge, or as a horrible reminder of past misdeeds. But ghosts can visit on the brightest summer's day, or on a lonely stretch of beach, making themselves felt just when you least expect it. The great writers of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, from Elizabeth Gaskell to Rudyard Kipling, also produced some of the most influential ghost stories ever written, shaping the conventions of the genre for generations of writers to follow. Collected here are some of the most iconic of these Victorian ghost stories, from Charles Dickens's 'The Signalman' to M.R. James's 'A Warning to the Curious', alongside more unexpected contributions from masters of the form such as J.S. Le Fanu and H.G. Wells. You may think you don't believe in ghosts, but these stories will haunt you nonetheless.

The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories

Author: Peter Haining

Publisher: Robinson

ISBN: 1780333641

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 4150

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...

The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories

Volume Two

Author: Michael McDowell,Nevil Shute,Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781943910779

Category: Fiction

Page: 292

View: 9064

Valancourt Books has earned a reputation as one of the foremost publishers of lost and rediscovered classics, reissuing more than 400 unjustly neglected works from the late 18th century all the way to the early 21st. In this second volume of rare horror stories, the editors of Valancourt Books have selected fourteen tales - all by Valancourt authors - for this new collection spanning two centuries of horror. This volume features a previously unpublished ghost story by Nevil Shute, a brand-new tale by award-winning author Stephen Gregory, and twelve other tales that have never or seldom been reprinted. In this volume, you will encounter tales of ghosts, haunted houses, witchcraft, possession, demonic pacts, and ancient, nameless horrors. Stories of the weird and macabre, of a man tormented by an age-old evil, a corpse returned from the dead, a brutal killer with a shocking secret, a contraption with the power to trap its victims eternally inside a nightmare. With stories ranging from frightening to horrific to weird to darkly humorous, by a lineup of authors that includes both masters of horror fiction and award-winning literary greats, this is a horror anthology like no other. Features stories by: Mary Elizabeth Braddon - John Buchan - R. Chetwynd-Hayes - Isabel Colegate - Basil Copper - Thomas De Quincey - Stephen Gregory - Michael McDowell - John Metcalfe - Beverley Nichols - Nevil Shute - Bernard Taylor - Russell Thorndike - Robert Westall

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

View: 3340

Collection of thirty-five English ghost stories written during the Victorian Era.

The Elementals

Author: Michael McDowell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781941147177

Category: Fiction

Page: 230

View: 2045

Something terrifying waits in the decaying Victorian house on the coast, something that has haunted two men since they were children, something that may be ready to kill...again.

Ghosts of Christmas Past

Author: N.A

Publisher: John Murray

ISBN: 9781473663466


Page: 304

View: 7964

A present contains a monstrous secret. An uninvited guest haunts a Christmas party. A shadow slips across the floor by firelight. A festive entertainment ends in darkness and screams. Who knows what haunts the night at the dark point of the year? This collection of seasonal chillers looks beneath Christmas cheer to a world of ghosts and horrors, mixing terrifying modern fiction with classic stories by masters of the macabre. From Neil Gaiman and M. R. James to Muriel Spark and E. Nesbit, there are stories here to make the hardiest soul quail - so find a comfy chair, lock the door, ignore the cold breath on your neck and get ready to welcome in the real spirits of Christmas.

The Best American Magazine Writing 2016

Author: Sid Holt,The American Society of Magazine Editors

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231543646

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 480

View: 7507

This year's Best American Magazine Writing features outstanding writing on contentious issues including incarceration, policing, sexual assault, labor, technology, and environmental catastrophe. Selections include Paul Ford's ambitious "What Is Code?" (Bloomberg Businessweek), an innovative explanation of how programming works, and "The Really Big One," by Kathryn Schulz (The New Yorker), which exposes just how unprepared the Pacific Northwest is for a major earthquake. Joining them are Meaghan Winter's exposé of crisis pregnancy centers (Cosmopolitan) and a chilling story of police prejudice that allowed a serial rapist to run free (the Marshall Project in partnership with ProPublica). Also included is Shane Smith's interview with Barack Obama about mass incarceration (Vice). Other selections demonstrate a range of long-form styles and topics across print and digital publications. The imprisoned hacker and activist Barrett Brown pens hilarious dispatches from behind bars, including a scathing review of Jonathan Franzen's fiction (The Intercept). "The New American Slavery" (Buzzfeed) documents the pervasive exploitation of guest workers, and Luke Mogelson explores the purgatorial fate of an undocumented man sent back to Honduras (New York Times Magazine). Joshua Hammer harrowingly portrays Sierra Leone's worst Ebola ward as even the staff succumb to the disease (Matter). And in "The Friend," Matthew Teague's wife is afflicted with cancer, his friend moves in, and the result is a devastating narrative of relationships and death (Esquire). The collection concludes with Jenny Zhang's "How It Feels," an unconventional meditation on the intersection of teenage cruelty and art (Poetry).

Victorian Horror Stories

Usborne Classics Retold

Author: Mike Stocks

Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1409569195

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 128

View: 7361

Six terrifying tales from the Victorian age thrillingly retold for today's readers.

Murder for Christmas -

Author: Thomas Godfrey

Publisher: Mysterious Press

ISBN: 9780445407527

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 7967

The Yuletide season becomes a time for mystery and murder in a collection of fifteen tales by such writers as Ngaio Marsh, Chekhov, Runyon and Rex Stout

Harriet (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)

Author: Elizabeth Jenkins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781941147719

Category: Fiction

Page: 198

View: 8073

Harriet Ogilvy is a young woman with a small fortune and a mental disability, making her the ideal target for the handsome and scheming Lewis Oman. After winning Harriet's love, Lewis, with the help of his brother and mistress, sets in motion a plan of unspeakable cruelty and evil to get his hands on her money. With consummate artistry, Elizabeth Jenkins transforms the bare facts of this case from the annals of Victorian England's Old Bailey into an absolutely spine-chilling exploration of the depths of human depravity. Based on the real-life 1877 case of Harriet Staunton, "Harriet" (1934) was a bestseller and a major critical success, beating Evelyn Waugh's "A Handful of Dust" to win the Prix Femina. This edition features a new afterword by Dr. Catherine Pope. "Like a cold hand clutching at the heart." - "Observer" "It is superb. Every word grips." - "Manchester Evening News" "So exciting that I could hardly read it." - James Agate, "Daily Express" "Everything she writes spells for me an enchantment that makes sober criticism next to impossible." Gerald Bullett, "Time and Tide"

Unfortunate Fursey

Author: Mervyn Wall

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780863277290


Page: 224

View: 2382

Originally published as two novels in 1946 and 1948, The Complete Fursey comprises The Unfortunate Fursey and The Return of Fursey. They are a blend of satire, comedy and fantasy set in the 10th century where Fursey encounters sorcery, demons, witches, Vikings and the wealthy Festus Wisenuts.

Beam of Malice

Fifteen Short, Dark Stories

Author: Alex Hamilton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781941147269

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 5011

Hamilton's first collection of stories, Beam of Malice, contains some of his most unsettling tales and showcases his ability to relay the horror that springs from the familiar, from ordinary people finding their lives invaded by bizarre and disturbing occurrences.

The Old Nurses Story

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell

Publisher: Charles River Editors via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1614304440

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 4114

Christmas is the most famous holiday of the year, and the word itself evokes images of Santa Claus, reindeer, snow, Christmas trees, egg nog and more. At the same time, it represents Christianity's most important event, the birth of the baby Jesus. Instantly, well known Christmas carols ring in your ears, pictures of the Nativity Scene become ubiquitous, or maybe you even picture nutcrackers or Scrooge and Tiny Tim.

Christmas Ghost Stories

A Collection of Winter Tales

Author: Mark Onspaugh

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781481014427

Category: Fiction

Page: 186

View: 9850

No Christmas stocking will be complete without the "scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago" promised by this tantalizing collection of dark, fantastical and romantic "winter tales" from the pen of horror writer Mark Onspaugh. Sometimes funny, sometimes scary and occasionally bittersweet, this collection of Christmas Ghost Stories is perfect fare for sharing aloud by the fire or cuddling with someone (or something!) toasty on a moonless December night. Featuring well over a dozen stories which can be read alone or sewn together, Onspaugh's original Christmas Ghost Stories entertain with supernatural flights of fancy, mysterious creatures and four interwoven fairy tales from the shadowy Black Forest. Nominated for a prestigious Pushcart Prize, writer Onspaugh is delighted to have been compared to his favorite authors Ray Bradbury and Stephen King. He has several new collections of short stories and a novel Kushtaka coming out soon.

Wicked Haunted

An Anthology of the New England Horror Writers

Author: Scott T. Goudsward

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780998185415


Page: N.A

View: 3585

Ghost stories, from local myths to full blown horror shows, have been spun around campfires since the dawn of man, passed from generation to generation for edification or simply to frighten and thrill. They lead us along dark side roads, into murky swamps and abandoned houses. Ghost stories bring us face-to-face with the farmer harboring secret graves behind his barn, the old man living next to the cemetery, or the frightened person staring back at you from the mirror. They haunt the listeners and readers and make them want to re-tell them again and again, so they would not be alone in their fear. The New England Horror Writers are proud to present their fifth anthology: Wicked Haunted. Featuring fiction and poetry from Matt Bechtel, Tom Deady, GD Dearborn, Barry Lee Dejasu, Peter N. Dudar, Jeremy Flagg, Dan Foley, doungjai gam, Emma J. Gibbon, Larissa Glasser, Patricia Gomes, Curtis M. Lawson, Bracken MacLeod, Nick Manzolillo, Paul McMahon, Paul R. McNamee, James A. Moore, R.C. Mulhare, Rob Smales, Morgan Sylvia, Dan Szczesny, KH Vaughan and Trisha J. Wooldridge. Interior artwork by Ogmios, Judi Calhoun and Kali Moulton. Cover art by Mikio Murakami.

Twelve Victorian Ghost Stories

Author: Michael Cox

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Fiction

Page: 213

View: 7893

To savour these stories fully we must imagine ourselves in a slower, quieter world, lit by gas and tallow. Sitting by a crackling fire after a good dinner, we are disposed to be frightened a little. We may read of familiar settings: of railway stations, city streets, or country houses, but these are inhabited by fictional ghosts who often pursue their prey with deadly persistence, displaying both cunning and indiscriminate hostility. Our expectations of what a good ghost story shouldbe, as well as how a ghost should behave, derive largely from the Victorian period. The presence here of tales by Amelia Edwards, Rhoda Broughton, and Margaret Oliphant reflect the important contributions made by women writers to the development of the genre, and with stories by J. S. Le Fanu, Henry James, and Vincent O'Sullivan, this is an anthology to attract both the newcomer and addict of the genre.