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Tales from the Dead of Night: Thirteen Classic Ghost Stories [Kindle Edition]

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From a beautiful antique that gives its owner a show he'd rather forget, to 'ghost detective' whose exorcism goes horribly wrong and a sinister masked ball which seems to have one too many guests, these ghost stories of supernatural terror are guaranteed to make you shiver, thrill and look under the bed tonight.

From rural England to colonial India, in murky haunted mansions and under modern electric lighting, these master storytellers - some of the best writers in the English language - unfold spinetinglers which pull back the veil of everyday life to reveal the nightmares which lurk just out of sight. They are lessons in ingenuity and surprise, sometimes building slowly to a chilling climax, sometimes springing horror on you from the utterly banal. And as you'd expect from these writers, the stories are more than simply frightening - they're also disquieting exposures of mortality, loneliness and the human capacity for both evil and remorse.

We wish you pleasant dreams.

Contains ghost stories by: Ruth Rendell, M. R. James, Rudyard Kipling, Edith Wharton, E. F. Benson, E. Nesbit, Saki, W. W. Jacobs, W. F. Harvey, Hugh Walpole, Chico Kidd and LP Hartley.

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'These classic ghost stories will certainly make you look under the bed at night' --Daily Mail

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Classic ghost stories from the world's best authors: settle down by the fireside, tuck yourself up in bed - just try not to think about what's lurking just out of sight.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1010 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DR20LHK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,052 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr K.B. 22 Nov. 2013
By Mr K.B.
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I chose this rating as book is excellent,Good stories. and I Would recommend it to anyone who likes being spooked!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric 18 Nov. 2013
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"Tales From the Dead of Night" is a collection of 13 ghostly tales. Authors include M.R James, Rudyard Kipling, Saki and Ruth Rendall, to name but a few. The stories are atmospheric and very enjoyable. Among my favorites are "The Haunted Doll's House" by M.R. James, "The Haunting of Shawley Rectory" by Ruth Rendall and "The Toll House" by W.W. Jacobs. This is the perfect book to read whilst curled up in front of the fire in darkest winter.
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With Hallowe'en approaching, it's the perfect time to curl up with a good old-fashioned ghost story: and they don't get better or more old-fashioned than these. Classic tales from MR James, Edith Wharton and Rudyard Kipling mix with more modern pieces from Ruth Rendell and AJ Kidd.

The tales can feel a little repetitive, with plenty of spooky houses and wronged dead seeking vengeance, but even when the reader has figured out the ending on the first page, the merging of nostalgia and the uncanny is appealing.

There's really nothing new here, as the majority of authors are now decades-deceased, and connoisseurs will already be familiar with most of the stories. But there's a lot to be said for good editing, with Gayford's selection and ordering both well considered. It's a good choice for sharing with the family too, as although there are plenty of spooky happenings, the shivers are subtle rather than graphic or violent. When it's cold and dark outside and you're in the mood for some mild spookery, this is just the thing.

(Review from <a href="">The List</a>.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of ghost stories 3 Nov. 2014
By Mrs H.
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A great collection of ghost stories. Some of them are beautifully written and they are just right if you want that tingly feeling but don't want to be kept awake at night.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Classic? 11 Nov. 2013
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In a word - disappointing, kept reading through hoping the next story would be better. Sadly no, perhaps I've read too much KIng/Deaver/Hutson etc.Expected suitable Halloween entertainment , but not quite.
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