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Publisher Comments:

THE BIG BOOK OF GHOST STORIES is a spirited Black Lizard anthology with over a thousand pages of haunted—and haunting—tales. 

The ghost story is perhaps the oldest of all the supernatural literary genres and has captured the imagination of almost every writer to put pen to the page. Here, Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler has followed his keen sense of the supernatural to collect the most chilling and uncanny tales in the canon. These spectral stories span more than a hundred years, from modern-day horrors by Joyce Carol Oates, Chet Williamson and Andrew Klavan, to pulp yarns from August Derleth, Greye La Spina, and M. L. Humphreys, to the atmospheric Victorian tales of Rudyard Kipling, Edith Wharton, and H. P. Lovecraft, not to mention modern works by the likes of Donald E. Westlake and Isaac Asimov that are already classics. Some of these stories have haunted the canon for a century, while others are making their first ghoulish appearance  in book form.  Whether you prefer possessive poltergeists, awful apparitions, or friendly phantoms, these stories are guaranteed to thrill you, tingle the spine, or tickle the funny bone, and keep you turning the pages with fearful delight.

Including such classics as “The Monkey’s Paw” and “The Open Window” and eerie vintage illustrations, and also featuring haunted mansions, midnight frights, lovers from beyond the grave, rapping, tapping, wailing shades, and ghosts, ghouls, and specters galore! AlsoFeaturing haunted mansions, midnight frights, lovers from beyond the grave, rapping, tapping, wailing shades, and ghosts, ghouls, and specters galore!

Review:

"The literary ghost comes in all shapes, sizes, and predispositions, and an impressive variety flits through Penzler's latest mountain-sized omnibus (after Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!). There are urban ghosts in Fritz Leiber's 'Smoke Ghost' and rural ghosts in Arthur J. Burks's 'The Ghosts of Steamboat Coulee'; physical ghosts in Perceval Landon's 'Thurnley Abbey' and faux ghosts in Saki's 'The Open Window'; funny ghosts in Oscar Wilde's 'The Canterville Ghost' and deadly serious ghosts in Ramsey Campbell's 'Just Behind You.' The most disturbing ghosts — among them the spurned lover in Rudyard Kipling's 'The Phantom Rickshaw' and the neglected child in Ellen Glasgow's 'The Shadowy Third' — are those whose persisting affections after death have curdled into an unholy hold on the living. The contents emphasize the classic over the contemporary, and though there are a few notable omissions (J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Henry James), there's enough in this volume to please both dilettantes and devotees among ghost story readers. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

An unparalleled treasury of American 19th century mystery fiction selected and introduced by Otto Penzler.

Synopsis:

An unparalleled treasury of crime, mystery, and murder from the genres founding century

With stories by Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, L. Frank Baum, Edith Wharton, Stephen Crane, and Jack London, The Best American Mystery Stories of the Nineteenth Century is an essential anthology of American letters. Its a unique blend of beloved writers who contributed to the genre and forgotten names that pioneered the form, such as Anna Katharine Green, the godmother of mystery fiction, and the African-American writer Charles W. Chesnutt. Of course, Penzler includes “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” recognized as the first detective story, and with thirty-three stories spanning the years 1824-1899, nowhere else can readers find such a surprising, comprehensive take on the evolution of the American mystery story.

About the Author

Otto Penzler lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

BUT I’M NOT DEAD YET

Conrad Aiken: Mr. Arcularis

William Fryer Harvey: August Heat

 

I’LL LOVE YOU—FOREVER (OR MAYBE NOT)

Ellen Glasgow: The Shadowy Third

Ellen Glasgow: The Past

David Morrell: But At My Back I Always Hear

O. Henry: The Furnished Room

Paul Ernst: Death’s Warm Fireside

Andrew Klavan: The Advent Reunion

R. Murray Gilchrist: The Return

Rudyard Kipling: The Phantom Rickshaw

Ambrose Bierce: The Moonlit Road

Lafcadio Hearn: The Story of Ming-Y

Lafcadio Hearn: Yuki-Onna

 

THIS OLD HOUSE

Amyas Northcote: Brickett Bottom

E. F. Benson: How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery

G. G. Pendarves: Thing of Darkness

Edward Lucas White: The House of the Nightmare

Hector Bolitho: The House on Half Moon Street

Dick Donovan: A Night of Horror

Vincent O’sullivan: The Burned House

 

KIDS WILL BE KIDS

Rosemary Timperley: Harry

Michael Reaves: Make-Believe

A. M. Burrage: Playmates

Ramsey Campbell: Just Behind You

A. E. Coppard: Adam And Eve and Pinch Me

Steve Friedman: The Lost Boy of the Ozarks

 

THERE’S SOMETHING FUNNY AROUND HERE

Mark Twain: A Ghost’s Story

Donald E. Westlake: In At The Death

Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Ghost of Dr. Harris

“Ingulphus”: The Everlasting Club

Isaac Asimov and James Maccreigh: Legal Rites

Albert E. Cowdrey: Death Must Die

Frank Stockton: The Transferred Ghost

Oscar Wilde: The Canterville Ghost

 

A NEGATIVE TRAIN OF THOUGHT

August Derleth: Pacific 421

Robert Weinberg: The Midnight El

 

STOP—YOU’RE SCARING ME

Frederick Cowles: Punch and Judy

Henry S. Whitehead: The Fireplace

H. F. Arnold: The Night Wire 400

Fritz Leiber: Smoke Ghost 406

Wyatt Blassingame: Song of the Dead

 

I MUST BE DREAMING

Wilkie Collins: The Dream Woman 437

Washington Irving: The Adventure of the German Student

 

A SÉANCE, YOU SAY?

Joseph Shearing: They Found My Grave

Edgar Jepson: Mrs. Morrel’s Last Séance

Joyce Carol Oates: Night-Side

 

CLASSICS

M. R. James: “Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come To You My Lad”

W. W. Jacobs: The Monkey’s Paw

W. W. Jacobs: The Toll-House

Edith Wharton: Afterward

Willa Cather: Consequences

Cynthia Asquith: The Follower

Cynthia Asquith: The Corner Shop

H. P. Lovecraft: The Terrible Old Man

Erckmann-Chatrian: The Murderer’s Violin

Saki: The Open Window

Saki: Laura

Fitz-James O’Brien: What Was It?

Alexander Woollcott: Full Fathom Five

H. R. Wakefield: He Cometh and He Passeth By

Perceval Landon: Thurnley Abbey

 

THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES

Algernon Blackwood: The Woman’s Ghost Story

Victor Rousseau: The Angel of the Marne

Olivia Howard Dunbar: The Shell of Sense

Marjorie Bowen: The Avenging of Ann Leete

 

BEATEN TO A PULP

Greye La Spina: The Dead-Wagon

Urann Thayer: A Soul with Two Bodies

Arthur J. Burks: The Ghosts of Steamboat Coulee

Thorp Mcclusky: The Considerate Hosts

Cyril Mand: The Fifth Candle

August Derleth and Mark Schorer: The Return of Andrew Bentley

M. L. Humphreys: The Floor Above

Manly Wade Wellman: School for the Unspeakable

A. V. Milyer: Mordecai’s Pipe

Julius Long: He Walked by Day

Dale Clark: Behind the Screen

 

MODERN MASTERS

M. Rickert: Journey into the Kingdom

H. R. F. Keating: Mr. Saul

Chet Williamson: Coventry Carol

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307474490
Author:
Penzler, Otto
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Horror
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Best American
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The literary ghost comes in all shapes, sizes, and predispositions, and an impressive variety flits through Penzler's latest mountain-sized omnibus (after Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!). There are urban ghosts in Fritz Leiber's 'Smoke Ghost' and rural ghosts in Arthur J. Burks's 'The Ghosts of Steamboat Coulee'; physical ghosts in Perceval Landon's 'Thurnley Abbey' and faux ghosts in Saki's 'The Open Window'; funny ghosts in Oscar Wilde's 'The Canterville Ghost' and deadly serious ghosts in Ramsey Campbell's 'Just Behind You.' The most disturbing ghosts — among them the spurned lover in Rudyard Kipling's 'The Phantom Rickshaw' and the neglected child in Ellen Glasgow's 'The Shadowy Third' — are those whose persisting affections after death have curdled into an unholy hold on the living. The contents emphasize the classic over the contemporary, and though there are a few notable omissions (J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Henry James), there's enough in this volume to please both dilettantes and devotees among ghost story readers. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

An unparalleled treasury of American 19th century mystery fiction selected and introduced by Otto Penzler.

"Synopsis" by , An unparalleled treasury of crime, mystery, and murder from the genres founding century

With stories by Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, L. Frank Baum, Edith Wharton, Stephen Crane, and Jack London, The Best American Mystery Stories of the Nineteenth Century is an essential anthology of American letters. Its a unique blend of beloved writers who contributed to the genre and forgotten names that pioneered the form, such as Anna Katharine Green, the godmother of mystery fiction, and the African-American writer Charles W. Chesnutt. Of course, Penzler includes “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” recognized as the first detective story, and with thirty-three stories spanning the years 1824-1899, nowhere else can readers find such a surprising, comprehensive take on the evolution of the American mystery story.

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