I do like Rudyard Kipling's 'They', even though I am not usually a fan of that type of story. I think the setting is effective and the narrator's only very slow understanding of what the unseen children actually are is handled well. This is also a fairly early appearance for a motor car in a story--1904 was, I believe, the publication date.
The Phantom Coach: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Ghost Stories edited by Michael Sims (Bloomsbury, 2014)
Blurb: Ghost stories date back centuries, but those written in the Victorian era have a unique atmosphere and dark beauty. Michael Sims, whose previous Victorian collections Dracula's Guest (vampires) and The Dead Witness (detectives) have been widely praised, has gathered twelve of the best stories about humanity's oldest supernatural obsession. The Phantom Coach includes tales by a surprising, often legendary cast, from Charles Dickens and Margaret Oliphant to Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, and Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as lost gems by forgotten masters such as Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and W.F. Harvey. Amelia Edwards' chilling story gives the collection its title, while Ambrose Bierce ("The Moonlit Road"), Elizabeth Gaskell, ("The Old Nurse's Story") and W. W. Jacobs ("The Monkey's Paw") will turn you white as a sheet. With a skillful introduction to the genre and notes on each story by Michael Sims, The Phantom Coach is a spectacular collection of ghostly Victorian thrills.
Introduction: The View from a Grave by Michael Sims The Old Nurse's Story by Elizabeth Gaskell The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards The Trial for Murder by Charles Dickens The Captain of the Pole-Star by Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Edmund Orme by Henry James The Yellow Sign by Robert W. Chambers The Library Window by Margaret Oliphant The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs The Southwest Chamber by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman They by Rudyard Kipling The Moonlit Road by Ambrose Bierce August Heat by W.F. Harvey Acknowledgments Bibliography and Further Reading
I ordered this one from our library catalogue and had no idea of its contents. Just glancing through it, my first impressions are that it is a solid and safe collection, with well-known stories, particularly to those whose interests include vintage supernatural fiction. Not a bad anthology to give to someone unfamiliar with the genre.
Can't find a better place to put this; W. W. Jabob's "The Well". Not bad at all.....