- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 742 KB
- Print Length: 222 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Christopher Roden/Ash-Tree Press; 1 edition (26 Jun. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008F4W2C2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #948,285 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a modern selection from several volumes of stories written by A.C. and R.H. Benson. My only complaint is that it does not include ALL the stories by the two brothers, although the editor does explain that at least one story was omitted because it expressed theological beliefs that the editor found odious. The notes at the end indicate the collection from which each story was taken.
If you have read the ghost stories of M.R. James, you will already be familiar with the basic formula used to construct these stories. The Benson brothers are competent writers of ghost stories, but not as good as James, in my opinion. Some of the stories are not so much ghost stories as fairy tales, and the language of these shows the influence of the fantasies of William Morris and George Macdonald.
One theme that appears in several stories is a sort of Christian universalism--the conviction that no sinner, however hardened, is beyond God's redeeming power, and that that power can continue to work even after the death of the sinner.
The stories I liked best were probably "Basil Netherby" and "The Uttermost Farthing."