Sir Walter Scott - The Tapestried Chamber Richard Harris Barham - The Spectre of Tappington R.S. Hawker - The Botathen Ghost Edgar Allan Poe - The Tell-Tale Heart Elizabeth Gaskell - The Squire's Story William Makepeace Thackeray - The Story of Mary Ancel Charles Dickens - The Story of the Bagman's Uncle Charles Dickens - To Be Taken With a Grain of Salt J.S. le Fanu - An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Steert J.S. le Fanu - Narrative of a Ghost of a Hand John Lang - Fisher's Ghost Wilkie Collins - The Traveller's Story of a Terribly Strange Bed Amelia B. Edwards - The Phantom Coach Miss Braddon - Eveline's Visitant Robert Louis Stevenson - Markheim Edith Nesbit - Man-Size in Marble The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde M.R. James - The Haunted Doll's House M.R. James - A School Story Perceval Landon - Thurnley Abbey Howard Pease - In the Cliff Land of the Dane Saki - Laura
This is a book to be read by a blazing fire on a winter's night, with the curtains drawn close and the doors securely locked.
The unquiet souls of the dead, both as fictional creations and as 'real' apparitions, roam the pages of this haunting new selection of ghost stories by Rex Collings. Some of these stories are classics while others are lesser-known gems unearthed from this vintage era of tales of the supernatural.
There are stories from distant lands - Fisher's Ghost by John Lang is set in Australia and A Ghostly Manifestation by 'A Clergyman' is set in Calcutta.
In this selection, Sir Walter Scott (a Victorian in spirit if not in fact), keeps company with Edgar Allen Poe, Sheridan Le Fanu and other illustrious masters of the genre.
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.