With the evenings rapidly drawing in, and being a huge fan of ghost stories, I set out with the aim of finding a fresh collection of ghostly tales to read. This book seemed to me to be the perfect answer as, although I recognised several of the titles in this book as classics of the genre (The Tapestried Chamber, The Tell Tale Heart and The Phantom Coach to name but three), there were many more in this collection I had not heard of before. With most Victorian ghost story collections sticking to the same tried and tested authors and stories, it was quite appealing to find a book featuring some "new" ones (to me at least).
Unfortunately, I soon discovered that the reason I hadn't heard of several of these ghost stories is because they are not ghost stories at all. Some would even struggle to be termed "mysterious", and contain nothing at all of the supernatural. That's not to say they're not good stories, but for a book that's entitled Classic Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Stories, it is a little disappointing for several of them to be totally devoid of ghosts in any way, shape or form.
If you're in the market for some miscellaneous Victorian and Edwardian tales of no particular genre, then by all means buy this book. However, if you're looking for good ghost stories, I recommend looking elsewhere.