Andrew MacKenzie (ed.) - A Gallery Of Ghosts: An Anthology Of Reported Experience (Arthur Baker, 1972)
. Andrew MacKenzie - Foreword
Andrew MacKenzie - Dialogue with Rosalind Heywood (Vice President of the Society For Psychical Research) Margaret Murray - What I Believe about Ghosts Pamela Frankau - A Ghost Seen in a Mirror John Masters - The Ghosts of India Ngaio Marsh - The Boy with the Flowers W. H. Hudson - Faces in the Wind Maurice Collis - The Guardian of the Treasure Alice Pollock - Pictures in the Crystal George Russell (A.E.) - Vision in a Ruined Chapel C. G. Jung - The Walkers by the Tower Augustus Hare - The Dream House Cesare Lombroso - The Bottle-Breaking Case A. R. G. Owen - The Sauchie Poltergeist Frank Podmore - The Worksop Case Sabine Baring-Gould - The Haunting of Lew House Osbert Sitwell - A Family Ghost L. A. G. Strong - The Return Harold Owen - The Apparition in my Cabin The Earl of Balfour and J. G. Piddington - The Ghost of Grandfather Bull John Bjorkhem - Did Harry Price Return?
Blurb: Ghost stories are not confined to the pages of fiction, to collections of folk tales and legends, or, on a more serious level, to the publications of the Society for Psychical Research and similar organizations. They may be found in such unlikely places as the sober biographies and autobiographies from which Andrew MacKenzie, a member of the Council of the Society for Psychical Research and author of Apparitions and Ghosts, has compiled his fascinating anthology.
These ghost stories are all the more enthralling because they are taken from the personal experience of such well-known writers as Osbert Sitwell, C. G. Jung, L. A. G. Strong, Sabine Baring-Gould, Ngaio Marsh, Maurice Collins, John Masters and Pamela Frankau. Andrew MacKenzie's book contains literally dozens of ghost stories, including some hitherto unpublished ones from his own collection. In the dialogue with the author which opens the book Rosalind Heywood, the well-known writer on psychical research, relates her own experiences with ghosts. These, along with the other stories in this astounding collection, are guaranteed to intrigue and provoke speculation on the entire field of paranormal experience.
Another for the accursed 'to re-read' pile ....
Authentic ghost stories told without embellishment rarely come across well when pitted against their more glamorous fictional counterparts. Who wants to read about some-one's grandad suddenly appearing in his favourite armchair then vanishing without so much as torching the house while the family are asleep or stabbing a hapless antiquarian in the eye with a knitting needle? It's unfair, but normally, i'd not have given Mr. McKenzie's book a second glance were it not for the many illustrious names among the contributors: L. A. G. "Breakdown" Strong; the ever-mischievous Augustus "The Vampire Of Croglin Grange": Sabine Baring-Gould of the wretched Dead Finger, Harry "Borley Rectory" Price's ghost ...
From memory, the stories and extracts are, for the most part, the usual unspectacular anecdotes of the you-had-to-be-there variety, but the line-up marks this as a glam-era precursor of Stephen Jones' wonderful Dancing With The Dark.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.