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The Haunted Hotel and Other Stories (Wordsworth Mystery & Supernatural) (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural) [Paperback]

Wilkie Collins
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20 July 2006 Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural

This Wordsworth Edition includes an exclusive Introduction by David Stuart Davies.

'Have you ever heard of the fascination of terror?'

This is a unique collection of strange stories from the cunning pen of Wilkie Collins, author of The Woman in White and The Moonstone. The star attraction is the novella The Haunted Hotel, a clever combination of detective and ghost story set in Venice, a city of grim waterways, dark shadows and death. The action takes place in an ancient palazzo coverted into a modern hotel that houses a grisly secret. The supernatural horror, relentless pace, tight narrative, and a doomed countess characterise and distinguish this powerful tale.

The other stories present equally disturbing scenarios, which include ghosts, corpses that move, family curses and perhaps the most unusual of all, the Devil's spectacles, which bring a clarity of vision that can lead to madness.

Collins is one of the great storytellers. He excels in presenting narratives that both disturb and engross the reader, as this fine collection demonstrates.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; paperback / softback edition (20 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840225335
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840225334
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stocking filler that's bound to please. 4 Dec 2008
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Wordsworth Editions have done it again!
Another excellent volume at dirt cheap prices. And just because it's cheap does not mean a sub standard product. Far from it in fact.
"The Haunted Hotel & Other Stories" is a wonderful volume. Running to 317 pages this book is big enough to keep even the most avid reader quiet for some time.
The book contains 9 wonderful tales by Wilkie Collins. These are;
"The Haunted Hotel"
"The Dream Woman"
"Mrs Zant and The Ghost"
"A Terribly Strange Bed"
"Miss Jeromette and the Clergyman"
"The Dead Hand"
"Blow up with the Brig!"
"Nine O'Clock"
"The Devil's Spectacles".
All are marvelous tales and are the perfect antidote to those dark, boring evenings.
Buy two, one for yourself and one for the lover of ghostly tales. It'll fit perfectly in a Christmas stocking.
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A marvellous collection of Victorian ghost stories by this masterful writer. Lacking the gore that many modern readers expect these stories are psychologically chilling and atmospheric. The title story is long enough to constitute a novella; the story ranges from London to Ireland and via Paris, to Venice. Collins is a writer 'on par' with Dickens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Wilkie Collins 29 Sep 2009
This is a great introduction to 19th century detective mystery novels. I've been in this genre for a few years now and only recently came upon these short stories. I use this book when I recommend Wilkie Collins to other, before bringing them to the longer 'Armadale' or ''No Name'.
I highly recommend this collection as an alternative to more recent historic novels, because these are more grounded in the era.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection of short stories 15 Nov 2010
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This collection published by Wordsworth Editions includes the novella The Haunted Hotel and eight other short stories, all with a ghostly, spooky or supernatural theme.

Part ghost story and part gothic mystery, The Haunted Hotel begins in London but soon moves to Venice, an atmospheric setting complete with dark canals and ancient palaces. At the heart of the story is the mysterious Countess Narona, who marries Lord Montbarry after he breaks off his engagement to Agnes Lockwood. When Montbarry dies in Venice soon after insuring his life for ten thousand pounds, rumours abound that the Countess may have had something to do with his death.

While I enjoyed The Haunted Hotel, I wouldn't class it among Collins' best work and the shortness of the story means the characters aren't as well developed. I did love the second half of the story in which the palace where Montbarry died is converted into a hotel. There's a very creepy sequence of events where each member of the Montbarry family who stays in the hotel feels a ghostly influence that manifests itself in a different way to each person.

You can buy The Haunted Hotel on its own, but I recommend looking for this edition because the additional short stories are well worth reading too. In every story, Collins gradually builds the suspense and draws the reader into the story. One of my favourites was Miss Jeromette and the Clergyman, a short ghost story in which the ghostly happenings are accompanied by mysterious clouds of white fog. I loved the way even though the story was quite predictable, it was still a pageturner. Another favourite was A Terribly Strange Bed, an Edgar Allan Poe-like tale which creates a feeling of claustrophobia and terror as the narrator finds himself trapped in a room with a very unusual bed.
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