The Penguin Book Of Ghosts Stories: From Elizabeth Gaskell to Ambrose Bierce edited by Newton, Michael
A thrilling new collection of the greatest supernatural tales
This definitive and wide-ranging collection brings together some of the best ghost stories ever written. From Elizabeth Gaskell’s “The Old Nurse’s Story” to Edith Wharton’s “Afterword,” The Penguin Book of Ghost Storiesfeatures the finest writings from the mid-nineteenth to early twentieth century, by masters including M. R. James, Sheridan Le Fanu, and Ambrose Bierce, among others. With stories from America, Ireland, and England, this volume includes all of the works that define the genre, from its beginning to its apex.
Weaving in details about individual authors and their most famous tales, Michael Newton’s absorbing introduction explores the ghost story’s history and influences, as well as its changing nature and the reasons for its ongoing popularity.
‘The ghost is the most enduring figure in supernatural fiction. He is absolutely indestructible… He changes with the styles in fiction but he never goes out of fashion. He is the really permanent citizen of the earth, for mortals, at best, are but transients’ – Dorothy Scarborough This new selection of ghost stories, by Michael Newton, brings together the best of the genre. From Elizabeth Gaskell’s ‘The Old Nurse’s Story’ through to Edith Wharton’s ‘Afterword’, this collection covers all of the most terrifying tales of the genre. With a thoughtful introduction, and helpful notes, Newton places the stories contextually within the genre and elucidates the changing nature of the ghost story and how we interpret it.