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Terror by Night: Classic Ghost & Horror Stories: Classic Ghost and Horror Stories (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural) Paperback – 5 Sep 2006


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions (5 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840225343
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840225341
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Part of Wordsworth's Mystery & Supernatural series, featuring classic spine chilling tales, some previously unavailable for many years.

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Of all the writers of ghost and horror stories, Ambrose Bierce is perhaps the most colourful. Read the first page
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By T. Bobley on 14 Mar. 2007
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There are more than 50 short stories in this excellent collection. Some are no more than a couple of pages long and few are longer than ten pages. They are full of death, misery and pessimism but somehow manage to be fascinating and enjoyable. The quality of the writing is exceptional and, for the most part, a delight to read. In such a collection there are bound to be a few that won't appeal to everyone and I must admit that there were a couple where the style was a little bit too flowery and convoluted to suit my taste. I prefer a good balance of subtlety, eloquence and simplicity and I estimate that about 95% of these short stories suited this preference exactly. The humour, albeit remorselessly bitter, is irresistible. Bierce seems not to have been a very loveable man, but anyone who loves to read (even those who don't care for the horror genre) could love his writing. You can open the book at any page and reading any passage at random, find a fine collection of beautifully crafted sentences that will practically paint a picture in your mind of a person, scene or situation. It's poetry cobbled into horror.

Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BevRen on 5 Sept. 2010
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A chance read in an anthology of supernatural tales inspired me to read more by this most unusual 19th Century American writer. Many of the tales, some no longer than 2 pages, are mostly a variation on a theme - abandoned houses with gory histories; Civil War-stricken families; unexplained events and most predominantly, disappearances - all of which in some way reflect the writers's own life experience.
Well worth a look, and unusually not at all tame for this period. Interesting.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Louise Roberts on 8 Dec. 2007
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Some of the stories were a bit "samey" and I would suggest reading a handful at a time and perhaps coming back to the book to appreciate them. One story in particular which I found particularly frightening as the description was so vivid was "Chickamauga" - amazing!! Even some of the page-long stories were very well written even though they were only a page!
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This is a collection of old Victorian horror stories so the writing style may seem a little old fashioned, but once you get over that the stories become easier to appreciate. Although the stories are at the early stages in the evolution of the horror genre, I found most of them are quite amusing. I also like the fact that there are so many of them. At the core of each story is a classic hook or twist. This is a quirky book to own.
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Tales are pretty good. And it is classic of the literature, which is one of the most important things. It is like my expectations were :)
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