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Charles Fowkes – The Best Ghost Stories

Posted by demonik on November 12, 2007

Anonymous – The Best Ghost Stories (Hamlyn, 1977)


Introduction – Charles Fowkes

Edward Bulwer-Lytton – The House And The Brain
Edgar Allan Poe – The Masque Of The Red Death
Edgar Allan Poe – The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
Edgar Allan Poe – Ligeia
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – Carmilla
Guy de Maupassant – The Horla
Guy de Maupassant – Was It a Dream?
M. R. James – Count Magnus
M.R. James – An Episode Of Cathedral History
M. R. James – Casting the Runes
M.R. James – The Diary Of Mr. Poynter
O. Henry – The Furnished Room
W. W. Jacobs – The Monkey’s Paw
Arthur Machen – The Novel Of The White Powder
Arthur Machen – The Great God Pan
Arthur Machen – The Novel Of The Black Seal
Robert Hichens – How Love Came to Professor Guildea
Edward Lucas White – Lukundoo
E. F. Benson – The Man Who Went Too Far
E. F. Benson – Negotium Perambulans ….
Algernon Blackwood – The Willows
Algernon Blackwood – The Glamour Of The Snow
Algernon Blackwood – The Decoy
Algernon Blackwood – Ancient Sorceries
Saki – Gabriel-Ernst
Saki – The Music On The Hall
Walter de la Mare – All Hallows
Walter de la Mare – Mr. Kempe
Oliver Onions – The Beckoning Fair One
E. M. Forster – The Story Of A Panic
E. M. Forster – The Story Of The Siren
Karen Blixen – The Sailor-Boy’s Tale
H. P. Lovecraft – Pickman’s Model
H. P. Lovecraft – The Music Of Erich Zann
H. P. Lovecraft – The Rats in the Walls
H. P. Lovecraft – The Dunwich Horror
Robert Graves – The Shout
John Collier – Are You Too Late Or Was I Too Early?
William Sansom – A Woman Seldom Found

I rate this as one of the finest introductions to the classic ghost story ever compiled, even if it does borrow heavily from the Herbert A. Wise & Herbert A. Wise & Phyllis Fraser selection, Great Tales of Terror & the Supernatural from 1949. This collection gave me my first exposure to Lovecraft (I never enjoyed him as much again), Machen’s The Great God Pan and Walter de la Mare’s Mr. Kempe, the nearest thing to a pure horror story I’ve read of his and by far my favourite. And then there’s the little matter of The Beckoning Fair One ….

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