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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost the Finest Pick of the Genre, 18 Nov 2002
The Ghost Story is an extremely attractive genre to attempt to corral into any one work. Conesequently, it is also the most precarious. Because the criteria for what makes a story a 'ghost story' run the gamut from Hans Christian Andersen to Richard Laymon, it was a tough call for the editor.
I found this book entertaining and, at first, a little disappointing. Where was Lovecraft? There was, however, M.R. James, there was Bradbury (more often associated with sci-fi, but yes, he did contribute to spectral literature), and there were the proto-contributors from ages past.
If you want a cosy grouping of the 'greatest hits' of the ghost in writing then go for this. I found it lacking a little in guts, vis-a-vis with horror fiction, but it will provide even horror buffs with jolts of consternation. This is high entertainment in the tradition of its publisher and makes great night reading. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and engaging stories about ghosts and the supernatural, 8 Oct 2012
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In this volume JA Cuddon brings together 33 classic ghost stories ranging from the dark and Gothic to the spine chilling and eery, as spine-chilling and eery as well as the witty and irreverent, and the poignant and sad.Some begin in a ghostly and eerie fashion, and in others you only realize there is a ghost at the end.
In Angeline, Or the Haunted House, By Emil Zola, we actually discover an innocent explanation of love renewed while My Adventure in Norfolk by AJ Alan, leave us to discover that the people we thought were alive were ghosts.
some of the stories involve ghosts taking revenge on those who have treated them cruelly or caused their deaths years before, such as The Old Nurses Story by Elizabeth Gaskill, or Sir Edward Orme by Henry James.
some are more poignant than frightening, such as the July Ghost by AS Byatt, but all are great reading and all have some twist or surprise.

Ghost stories included here range from those written in 1810 to 1981, and set in Italy, Germany, Scotland, England, Wales, Russia, France, the United States and India.

My favourites include The Beggarwoman of Locarno, the eerie The Entail, the twister The Queen of Spades, The heartbreaking The Old Nurse's Story, the spine chilling La Horla, the mystery of The Open door by Margaret Oliphant, the beautiful Angeline, My Adventure in Norfolk and the poignant and heartfelt The July Ghost.
All of these are classic and engaging stories about ghosts and the supernatural.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 Aug 2014
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