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Marvin Kaye Saralee Kaye Introduction (Ghosts) • Marvin Kaye A Prologue of Last Words • Marvin Kaye Minuke • (1949) • Nigel Kneale The Wind in the Rose-Bush • (1902) • Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Legal Rites • (1950) • Isaac Asimov and Frederik Pohl Smee • (1929) • A.M. Burrage [as by Ex-Private X ] Thurlow's Christmas Story • (1894) • John Kendrick Bangs The Ghost, the Gallant, the Ga Marvin Kaye Saralee Kaye Introduction (Ghosts) • Marvin Kaye A Prologue of Last Words • Marvin Kaye Minuke • (1949) • Nigel Kneale The Wind in the Rose-Bush • (1902) • Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Legal Rites • (1950) • Isaac Asimov and Frederik Pohl Smee • (1929) • A.M. Burrage [as by Ex-Private X ] Thurlow's Christmas Story • (1894) • John Kendrick Bangs The Ghost, the Gallant, the Gael and the Goblin • (1868) • W.S. Gilbert A Quartet of Strange Things • (1971) • Bernhardt J. Hurwood The Lady of Finnigan's Hearth • (1977) • Parke Godwin The Phantom Hag • Guy de Maupassant The Ghost of the Capuchins • Eugène Montfort Who Rides With Santa Anna? • (1959) • Edward D. Hoch Jane • Barbara Gallow The Tale of the German Student (aka The Adventure of the German Student) • (1824) • Washington Irving The Hounds of Hell • John Masefield Doorslammer • (1963) • Donald A. Wollheim The Ensouled Violin • (1892) • Helena P. Blavatsky The Monk of Horror • (1796) • Anonymous Mr. Justice Harbottle • (1872) • Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The Flying Dutchman • Traditional The Parlor-Car Ghost • Anonymous The Red Room • (1896) • H.G. Wells A Gathering of Ghosts • Craig Shaw Gardner The Woman's Ghost Story • (1907) • Algernon Blackwood Miss Jeromette and the Clergyman • (1887) • Wilkie Collins The Phantom Woman • Anonymous The Spectre Bride • Anonymous The Midnight Embrace • (1973) • Matthew Gregory Lewis The Philosophy of Relative Existences • (1892) • Frank R. Stockton 21 Main Street No. • Z.Z. Jeromm Four Ghosts in Hamlet • (1965) • Fritz Leiber The Ghost of Sailboat Fred • Saralee Terry The Fisherman's Story • Faith Lancereau and Anatole Le Braz The Old Mansion • Anonymous The Haunting of Y-12 • Al Sarrantonio The Ghostly Rental • (1876) • Henry James Untitled Ghost Story (Prologue to "Automata") • (1814) • E.T.A. Hoffmann The Doll's Ghost • (1911) • F. Marion Crawford Staley Fleming's Hallucination • (1906) • Ambrose Bierce The Dead Woman's Photograph • Anonymous The Castle of the King • (1881) • Bram Stoker The Canterville Ghost • (1887) • Oscar Wilde Blind Man's Buff • (1929) • H. Russell Wakefield A Suffolk Miracle • Traditional Father Stein's Tale • R.H. Benson The Old Nurse's Story • (1852) • Elizabeth Gaskell Money Talks • Dick Baldwin The Ghost of the Count • Anonymous The Body Snatcher • (1884) • Robert Louis Stevenson "The Penhale Broadcast" • (1947) • Jack Snow The Last Traveler • (1965) • Jean Ray Phantom Regiment • (1847) • James Grant The Tale of the Bagman's Uncle (aka The Bagman's Story) • (1837) • Charles Dickens The North Mail • (1864) • Amelia B. Edwards How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery • (1911) • E.F. Benson Ralph • Marvin Kaye


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Marvin Kaye Saralee Kaye Introduction (Ghosts) • Marvin Kaye A Prologue of Last Words • Marvin Kaye Minuke • (1949) • Nigel Kneale The Wind in the Rose-Bush • (1902) • Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Legal Rites • (1950) • Isaac Asimov and Frederik Pohl Smee • (1929) • A.M. Burrage [as by Ex-Private X ] Thurlow's Christmas Story • (1894) • John Kendrick Bangs The Ghost, the Gallant, the Ga Marvin Kaye Saralee Kaye Introduction (Ghosts) • Marvin Kaye A Prologue of Last Words • Marvin Kaye Minuke • (1949) • Nigel Kneale The Wind in the Rose-Bush • (1902) • Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Legal Rites • (1950) • Isaac Asimov and Frederik Pohl Smee • (1929) • A.M. Burrage [as by Ex-Private X ] Thurlow's Christmas Story • (1894) • John Kendrick Bangs The Ghost, the Gallant, the Gael and the Goblin • (1868) • W.S. Gilbert A Quartet of Strange Things • (1971) • Bernhardt J. Hurwood The Lady of Finnigan's Hearth • (1977) • Parke Godwin The Phantom Hag • Guy de Maupassant The Ghost of the Capuchins • Eugène Montfort Who Rides With Santa Anna? • (1959) • Edward D. Hoch Jane • Barbara Gallow The Tale of the German Student (aka The Adventure of the German Student) • (1824) • Washington Irving The Hounds of Hell • John Masefield Doorslammer • (1963) • Donald A. Wollheim The Ensouled Violin • (1892) • Helena P. Blavatsky The Monk of Horror • (1796) • Anonymous Mr. Justice Harbottle • (1872) • Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The Flying Dutchman • Traditional The Parlor-Car Ghost • Anonymous The Red Room • (1896) • H.G. Wells A Gathering of Ghosts • Craig Shaw Gardner The Woman's Ghost Story • (1907) • Algernon Blackwood Miss Jeromette and the Clergyman • (1887) • Wilkie Collins The Phantom Woman • Anonymous The Spectre Bride • Anonymous The Midnight Embrace • (1973) • Matthew Gregory Lewis The Philosophy of Relative Existences • (1892) • Frank R. Stockton 21 Main Street No. • Z.Z. Jeromm Four Ghosts in Hamlet • (1965) • Fritz Leiber The Ghost of Sailboat Fred • Saralee Terry The Fisherman's Story • Faith Lancereau and Anatole Le Braz The Old Mansion • Anonymous The Haunting of Y-12 • Al Sarrantonio The Ghostly Rental • (1876) • Henry James Untitled Ghost Story (Prologue to "Automata") • (1814) • E.T.A. Hoffmann The Doll's Ghost • (1911) • F. Marion Crawford Staley Fleming's Hallucination • (1906) • Ambrose Bierce The Dead Woman's Photograph • Anonymous The Castle of the King • (1881) • Bram Stoker The Canterville Ghost • (1887) • Oscar Wilde Blind Man's Buff • (1929) • H. Russell Wakefield A Suffolk Miracle • Traditional Father Stein's Tale • R.H. Benson The Old Nurse's Story • (1852) • Elizabeth Gaskell Money Talks • Dick Baldwin The Ghost of the Count • Anonymous The Body Snatcher • (1884) • Robert Louis Stevenson "The Penhale Broadcast" • (1947) • Jack Snow The Last Traveler • (1965) • Jean Ray Phantom Regiment • (1847) • James Grant The Tale of the Bagman's Uncle (aka The Bagman's Story) • (1837) • Charles Dickens The North Mail • (1864) • Amelia B. Edwards How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery • (1911) • E.F. Benson Ralph • Marvin Kaye

30 review for Ghosts: A Treasury of Chilling Tales Old & New

  1. 4 out of 5

    Edwina Callan

    A collection of ghostly tales that I've slowly savored on these cold Winter nights. I'm left wondering if King read "How Fear Departed From the Long Gallery" and if that was his inspiration for "The Twins" in his book "The Shining." Hmmm ... something to ponder upon.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sheri Pond

    Found this randomly (but almost like I was being drawn to it) on a shelf in Borders (before they sadly closed their doors)--and had to have it. It looks like an antique, and someday I imagine it will be old enough and book collectors will consider this book, and this particular edition, very antique. I loved this book. I read it during a rough time in my life and it was very much an escape. I would read it by candlelight every night until I turned the last page out of over 600. The Appendices ar Found this randomly (but almost like I was being drawn to it) on a shelf in Borders (before they sadly closed their doors)--and had to have it. It looks like an antique, and someday I imagine it will be old enough and book collectors will consider this book, and this particular edition, very antique. I loved this book. I read it during a rough time in my life and it was very much an escape. I would read it by candlelight every night until I turned the last page out of over 600. The Appendices are very interesting, too. It has been awhile since that time in my life, and I think reading this would be even better the second time around. Unfortunately, my copy suffered some water damage packed away, and the book cover is coming off. I think I can glue it back on though... Maybe its being worn out will add some more antiquity to it? Lol But all that aside, this is a book I highly recommend to all the paranormal junkies out there.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeff McIntosh

    Edited by Marvin Kaye, "Ghosts" gives a wide cross section of spectral stories....although few by masters of the genre, such as M.R. James, etc. Many tales are by that most famous of authors - "anonymous". There are several poems included as well... A nice collection to a first time reader of ghost stories....for the experienced reader...you've seen it before. Jeff McIntosh

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nick Rivard

    This is a surprisingly strong collection of ghost stories. They avoid much of the tired tropes of ghost stories and are incredibly varied and unique, never repeating themselves. My only two complaints of the book are that it is slightly too long and there is not enough world view. There are many stories that take place in different parts of the world but they are told, typically, by an Englishman who has traveled there and is giving his perspective. Rather than a story which is original to the r This is a surprisingly strong collection of ghost stories. They avoid much of the tired tropes of ghost stories and are incredibly varied and unique, never repeating themselves. My only two complaints of the book are that it is slightly too long and there is not enough world view. There are many stories that take place in different parts of the world but they are told, typically, by an Englishman who has traveled there and is giving his perspective. Rather than a story which is original to the region. In the end though these are small gripes and overall not terribly impactful on the overall book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Diana Pauksta

    this is an anthology of ghost stories from all over the world, from the late 1700s to the present day. the title is misleading, however. some are creepier than others, some are comical, some are love stories, etc. some are not scary at all. but it's a nice book to pick up if you're in the mood for it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sam Ouellette

    Best collection of ghost stories I have ever read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    A wonderfully eclectic compilation of ghost stories.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Barrow Wilfong

    This was a fair mix of very good and mediocre ghost stories. The best I already had in more eclectic anthologies. The problem, I think for me, was the Editor, Marvin Kaye, is a science fiction, fantasy writer so half of the stories he included were written by authors of that genre and, if I may say so without offending, these writers are not of the same caliber of authors of classic literature. Although I must concede that a couple of the sci fi ones were pretty good. The Haunting of Y-12 by Al This was a fair mix of very good and mediocre ghost stories. The best I already had in more eclectic anthologies. The problem, I think for me, was the Editor, Marvin Kaye, is a science fiction, fantasy writer so half of the stories he included were written by authors of that genre and, if I may say so without offending, these writers are not of the same caliber of authors of classic literature. Although I must concede that a couple of the sci fi ones were pretty good. The Haunting of Y-12 by Al Sarrantonio was rather eerie. We find a scientist trying to use a computer (and by computer we mean one of those giant wall units, this is an old book, published in 1981) as a medium to contact his dead son. The results are perturbing. The only thought-provoking contribution that Kaye made has nothing to do with ghosts, even though it is based on his alleged contacts with his dead Uncle, (yes, he waits until the end of the book to let you know that). His Uncle died when he was twelve and did not receive a Bar Mitzvah. According to Kaye, his Uncle was hence regarded as "Not Jewish" and thereby excommunicated from the Jewish religion. I am not Jewish, but this intrigued me. What does that mean? Someone cannot be Jewish until they are Bar Mitzvahed? And what significance does that hold pertaining to the Jewish belief of the afterlife, assuming there is agreement. But that has nothing to do with the quality of this book except that Kaye includes a story of his own that he asserts is true, which concerns the various "contacts" he has had with his dead Uncle through out his life. In conclusion, not bad, just not good. The Oxford Book of Ghost is a far superior collection.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Carmichael

    Collection of ghost stories; most of the authors were born in 1700's, 1800's and early 1900's---interesting to read various writing styles. As with most short story collections, some really good, some okay and some boring.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Angelika Fuller

    Nothing all that scary,but diverting nonetheless.

  11. 5 out of 5

    R.K. Cowles

    3 1/2 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    David Grassé

    Lost interest.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle K

    I read about 3/4 of this book (I did skip over The Canterville Ghost; I want to read it, but I'm not in the right mindset for the attention it deserves at the moment [FYI: I stopped reading at a story or two after The Canterville Ghost, so you'll know where I stopped and what I missed if you pick this book up]) and I'm giving up so close to the finish. This book calls itself A Treasury of Chilling Tales, but this is simply a collection of ghost stories, period. Very few of them are actually what I read about 3/4 of this book (I did skip over The Canterville Ghost; I want to read it, but I'm not in the right mindset for the attention it deserves at the moment [FYI: I stopped reading at a story or two after The Canterville Ghost, so you'll know where I stopped and what I missed if you pick this book up]) and I'm giving up so close to the finish. This book calls itself A Treasury of Chilling Tales, but this is simply a collection of ghost stories, period. Very few of them are actually what you would call "chilling", and though even many of the non-scary selections are well written, I wanted what the cover promised, and I didn't get it. Below are a few if the stories I did think were creepy. (view spoiler)[ "Minuke" (Nigel Kneale) ~ A living haunted house that produces breathing sounds. Enjoyable. Sorry for the dog, though. The Wind in the Rose-Bush (Mary Wilkins-Freeman) ~ A contemptuous women neglects her step-daughter, leading to her death and a haunted house. Not bad; though the wicked step-mother was really trying my, and her stepdaughter's aunt's, nerves. Smee (A.M. Burrage) ~ A bit obvious, but a fun read. A Quartet of Strange Things (Bernhardt J. Hurwood) ~ Finally, these 4 (very) short stories are much closer to the scary, supernatural tales I was looking for when I checked out this book. A relief after the past few stories I read. The Phantom Hag (attributed to Guy de Maupassant) ~ Occupies less than 3 whole pages, but such fun! The best kind of short horror story: scary and to the point. The Ghost of the Capuchins (Eugène Montfort) ~ Very spooky and engaging. Jane (Barbara Gallow) ~ It's just OK. More than the story itself, I like the MCs job; he works in a well-preserved gothic-mansion-turned-radio-station, where he works alone on the weekends, and can read books undisturbed while listening to music, and only has to talk/do commercials once an hour. Plus, he gets to bring his dog inside (with me, it would be my cats!). The ghost is even of the "genteel" variety, and actually stopped making her presence known to recent occupants because she was worried what they thought of her. For a haunting, it's really not such a bad situation. The Tale of the German Student (Washington Irving) ~ The resolution seems obvious in retrospect, but not in an "I feel stupid way," just that the clue is in the story if you look. Doorslammer (Donald A. Wollheim) (founder of DAW Books publishing house) ~ More sad than scary, but well-written and engaging. The Spectre Bride (Anonymous) ~ Not scary but sweet and beautifully written. The Dead Woman's Photograph (Anonymous) ~ Strange things showing up in pictures is always creepy. Blind Man's Bluff (H. R. Wakefield) ~ I've heard or read a quote somewhere saying that the only thing scarier than being alone in the dark is finding out you're not alone in the dark, and that applies here. A Suffolk Miracle (Traditional) ~ A corpse comes back from the dead. It's a poem, but still good as a ghost story. And I forgot to add, in the correct order, The Red Room (H. G. Wells) ~ A very atmospheric story that I've read before and is probably the gem of this collection (up to the point I read, anyway). (hide spoiler)]

  14. 5 out of 5

    Willow Redd

    This book is a compilation of some fine ghost tales from various times and places. Put together by Marvin Kaye, this book features stories from some of the greats like Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde, some traditional tales, and some great anonymous stories. Kaye includes a tale of his own in the mix, but rightly puts it in the appendix instead of within the main text, not wanting to give the wrong impression. There is also a list of haunted locations, a bibliography for further reading, and a pi This book is a compilation of some fine ghost tales from various times and places. Put together by Marvin Kaye, this book features stories from some of the greats like Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde, some traditional tales, and some great anonymous stories. Kaye includes a tale of his own in the mix, but rightly puts it in the appendix instead of within the main text, not wanting to give the wrong impression. There is also a list of haunted locations, a bibliography for further reading, and a piece entitled "So You Want to Meet A Ghost." This last piece is so good, I really want to adapt it for a video. Definitely a good edition to any library specializing in ghost stories and supernatural terror.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rodney

    I first read this when I was about 11 years old and absolutely loved it. I decided to dig it out and reread it. The quality is wildly variable, but as a general rule the late-19th/early-20th c. stories are pretty good, some of them quite good, and the contemporary ones range from kind of awful to outright embarrassingly awful. There are also some "true" accounts, and...uh...yeah. I see why they're all anonymous. Mixed bag, but that's what I expected. Worth spending a couple bucks on for the good I first read this when I was about 11 years old and absolutely loved it. I decided to dig it out and reread it. The quality is wildly variable, but as a general rule the late-19th/early-20th c. stories are pretty good, some of them quite good, and the contemporary ones range from kind of awful to outright embarrassingly awful. There are also some "true" accounts, and...uh...yeah. I see why they're all anonymous. Mixed bag, but that's what I expected. Worth spending a couple bucks on for the good stories, if you want some ghost stories.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Janith Pathirage

    This's a really good anthology. A collection of 40 ghost stories .. Unfortunately, most of the stories are not frightening at all. But there are some real gems in this collection like 'Smee' , 'How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery' and 'Legal Rites', coming from some of the best players in the business. Good job Marvin Kaye !

  17. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    a book i picked up a couple of years ago in Fall, from a book sale at the Palatine IL library my copy has some damage to the front inside binding and the page that had the barcode and card-slot was torn out at the time of purchase

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alli

    Not all the stories in this collection are scary. Heck, not all of them are good! But if you are interested in the ghost story as a genre, this is a wonderfully varied collection that has everything from modern ghost romances to ghost epic poetry.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    Ghosts, but mostly not scary ghosts, and as far as the "Old and New" part goes, it was mostly pretty old. I'd say 90% of the authors were born in the 1800's, and in this collection are a lot of obscure works by very well known writers.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Ozias

    Some of these stories are scary, and some are boring, but this collection on a whole is necessary for a hardcore ghost story fan.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    Great collection of amazing works!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    A fun collection of ghost stories, some better than others. Overall though, I enjoyed it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy Talluto

    In spite of one of the stories in this book being gloriously titled: "The Glowing Maggot of Doom," the stories were generally rarely captivating or scary.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Albie

    Ghosts: A Treasury of Chilling Tales Old and New (Contemporary Bonded Leather Fibers Series) by Marvin Kaye (1993)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Giles

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mitzi

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kaushal

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mara

  30. 5 out of 5

    Adam

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