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Lord Halifax's Ghost Book: A Collection of True Stories Paperback – Nov 1973

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fontana; n.i. edition (Nov. 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006133754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006133759
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 752,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cardew Robinson on 23 Dec. 2011
I love this book, although it only seems to be available in the old fontana edition (pictured) which must be a candidate for the world's most macabre cover. ( I think, actually, that the top-hatted model for the cover photo must be a member of the Bullingdon club after a heavy session).

The book consists of accounts of hauntings that Lord Halifax collected. It seems that he was well known for having an interest in the uncanny and supernatural, and therefore some of these tales are his own versions of what had been told to him by friends and acquaintances, while others are letters that people sent to him detailing their own uncanny experiences. What they all have in common is that they all purport to be true, real-life encounters with ghosts and apparitions.

This makes the book a nice companion volume to have on your shelves if you like classic british and irish ghost stories. Like the works of Le Fanu, Jameses Henry and M.R., and so on and so on, Halifax's tales don't present you with a gore-fest. Instead, they leave a lot of the mystery intact. As with great ghost fiction, however, read these alone on a winter's night, or out loud to family or friends, and the effect is chilling, thought-provoking and lingers.

The introduction by the peer's son makes it clear that Halifax's children loved it when their father got out the ghost book to read a few tales before bedtime, and it's that kind of book: the sort of thing you probably won't read in a sitting, but will want to come back to again and again.

Such a shame it seems out of print. Someone is missing a trick here.
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