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Unfortunately rather badly dated,
This review is from: Collected Ghost Stories (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural) (Paperback)
There are two ways you could approach this book: as a piece of classic literature or as a collection of scare-your-pants-off ghost stories. Unfortunately I don't believe it succeeds as either. Firstly the stories are too short: the tension doesn't build, the characters aren't developed and in most of them there isn't even an explanation for the ghostly occurences which have occurred. As ghost stories they have dated badly: they may have once terrified listeners when read around the fire in a darkened country house in Edwardian England but they simply do not have the atmosphere of writings by near-contemporary authors such as Wilkie Collins or of modern day ghost (as opposed to horror) stories such as Sarah Water's "The Little Stranger".
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Initial post: 30 Aug 2011 21:11:35 BDT
A. Mackintosh says:
They're short stories?!
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