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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2012
I love these ghost stories by Victorian and Edwardian era writers. I never knew some of them wrote horrors and was very impressed.

My favourites were "The Room in the Tower", "The Middle Bedroom", "The Spectre Bride", "The Tapestried Chamber" and "The Cold Embrace".

I think that the language and intensely prim and proper writing styles sucks you right into the stories better than any modern book is capable of doing.

Most are dead creepy, very atmospheric and some definitely give you goosebumps. Some were a bit slow and had a somewhat cautionary ending, but they always had at least a hint of resolution to the mystery and didn't leave you wildly guessing.

I only skipped one story in the middle, which I thought was a little too rambly and difficult to get into.

Will definitely re-read these little gems. If you like these, you'd like "Nineteen Ghost Stories of M. R. James to Keep You Up At Night The Complete Three Volume Collection" by M.R. James and obviously, "The Woman in Black" by Susan Hill!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2012
This is a fantastic selection of ghost stories. Some are by well-known authors, others by authors I'd never encountered before. All are very well written and would probably be considered classics of this genre. I would particularly recommend 'The Room in the Tower' and 'Through the Ivory Gate'. Don't read the former at bedtime - it might induce bad dreams!
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A mixed collection of ghost stories from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Highlights for me were the following stories which built up and sustained an atmosphere of real dread, mystery or pathos (though some of these were hardly ghost stories per se): The Lost Ghost (Mary E Wilkins Freeman), The Room in the Tower (E F Benson), The Haunted and the Haunters (Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton), Miss Jeromette and the Clergyman (Wilkie Collins), The Judge's House (Bram Stoker), The Withered Arm (Thomas Hardy) and The House of the Nightmare (Edward Lucas White).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2013
There were even a few that I hadn't read before. Classics, most were fun, not too terrifying , but that's because we are used to worse in the media every day.
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on 9 December 2013
While it is nice to read this collection of ghost stories, many of which I suspect were out of print, they are not particularly scary. Fashions and trends in literary horror have changed over time and many of these late nineteenth and early twentieth century ghost stories rely on atmosphere and suggestion rather than outright horror. Yet, just as I can enjoy films from many different genres, so too can I appreciate the charms of these old ghost stories. For 34 pence you cannot really complain.
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on 25 January 2014
Although the stories are as some people said 'dated' I thoroughly enjoyed this - old stories are the creepiest in my opinion. I also liked the fact that some of the stories were more thought provoking than scary, a good collection.
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Excellent value for your money, ideal if you are a ghost story enthusiast,
Great to be in a comphy chair curled up, winter outside and some thrilling
Stories to enjoy, ideal at Christmas,
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on 14 March 2014
Fantastic book the ghost tales in it are very entertaining and original . The price is fair and hope to see more in future
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on 18 December 2014
Some very good stories, some great a few poor. Worth reading and quite a few not seen in other anthologies.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2012
Bought to find story for grandaughter aged 12, probably too old for her but we did find the information about the Cardiff giant interesting. Good buy but wished it had an index.
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