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The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories (Mammoth) (Mammoth Books) [Paperback]

Peter Haining
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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28 July 2005 Mammoth Books
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...


Product details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing; Rev ed edition (28 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845291859
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845291853
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Haining is a leading authority on horror fiction, with a particular emphasis on early Gothic and on the classic English ghost story. He has edited a large number of horror, crime and fantasy anthologies over the last three decades, including The Mammoth Book of 20th Century Ghost Stories.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for dipping into 12 Mar 2011
By Petra Bryce VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
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.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Haunted houses are one of the classical themes of ghost stories.Usually, the same stories are reprinted over and over in the genre anthologies. Peter Haining has unearthed a number of chilly tales about haunted buildings (mansions, castles, etc)which are not to be easily found even by the ghost story collectors. For a reasonable price the reader can get a veritable feast of haunting stories of very good quality.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection 5 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback
I have a reluctance to award five stars to an anthology but I might give this one 4.5 if I could. It's a first rate compilation and represents terrific value. If you like spooky stories, or if you're looking to buy your first collection so as to find out, then this book is for you. Happy shudders! Muahahahaha!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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gaining. Such a great chilling book. So many varieties of story's. The eightenth century ones l loved the best. Highly recommend, I must read to be chilled.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A most enjoyable book 21 April 2013
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This was an excellent book of haunted house stories. There were a lot I'd never read before and some I had most of which I enjoyed. The layout was well done as if the property were in an estate agents portfolio.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goasts 2 April 2013
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Good book if strange not to be read alone at night but of course the best houses are haunted oh what's that oitside
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Value for money 13 Mar 2013
By Lima
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A choice of stories that I can dip in an out of and get scared out of my wits, I love this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky 27 Feb 2013
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Pretty comprehensive collection of spooky tales here. Covers all the genres and bases. Some good scares here-some mediocre but enjoyable
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I stopped half way, none of the stories is scary
Published 2 days ago by losca3737
5.0 out of 5 stars haunted
like all thing of this nature was not disopointed always looking for this type of book or dvd,very good ok
Published 3 months ago by Mr. R. Slaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant value for money
I love ghost stories, but have been disappointed so many times with obvious plots coupled with a poor style of writing or repeats of tales read in other collections of the genre. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mj Guy
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the most interesting book
I have almost read this book all the way through. Some chapters were really good and kept me reading till finished because I wanted to know how they ended but others left me... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Christine
1.0 out of 5 stars not good
went directly into stories with no introduction, found it very hard to establish the thread. not a good purchase, have deleted it off mt kindle
Published 17 months ago by Chris Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Not scary
Very Boring I tried to stay with it but it was hard going I will stick with true story's sorry Horror fans
Published 18 months ago by Nattyrags
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, really nice ebook presentation
Here is where ebooks score over paper. The print copy of this would be much too heavy to tote about on holiday when you want some light reading. Read more
Published 18 months ago by JUDITH
3.0 out of 5 stars Haunted House Stories
some are very creepy tales, not recommended to read at night if you are alone. Easy reading but would not buy another such book.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. L. C. Davison
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