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The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories

By Michael Newton
  • ISBN Code: : 0141943815
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Pages : 464
  • Category : Fiction
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This terrifying selection of ghost stories brings together the very best classic works from the masters of the supernatural Phantom coaches, evil familiars, shadowy houses, spectral children and mysterious doppelgangers haunt these tales. They range from the famous, such as M. R. James's tale of an ancient curse, 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come To You, My Lad' and W. W. Jacobs's story of gruesome wish-fulfilment, 'The Monkey's Paw', to lesser-known masterpieces: Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Thrawn Janet', telling of a parish priest tormented for life by his encounter with the undead; Charles Dickens's unsettling account of a railway signal-man and an ominous portent; and Edward Bulwer Lytton's 'The Haunted and the Haunters', where a cursed house harbours a diabolical secret. Michael Newton's introduction discusses why ghost stories scare us and why they flourished from the mid-nineteenth to early-twentieth century, examining their changing conventions throughout history. This edition also includes further reading, notes, a glossary and a chronology. Edited with an introduction and notes by Michael Newton

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The year's best, and darkest, tales of terror, showcasing the most outstanding new short stories and novellas by both contemporary masters of the macabre and exciting newcomers. As ever, this acclaimed anthology also offers the most comprehensive annual overview of horror around the world in all its incarnations; a comprehensive necrology of famous names; and a list of indispensable contact addresses for the dedicated horror fan and writer alike. The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror remains the world's leading annual anthology dedicated solely to presenting the best in contemporary horror fiction.

Ghost Stories by British and American Women

By Lynette Carpenter,Wendy K. Kolmar
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 131794352X
  • Total of Pages : 232
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 739
  • Pdf File: ghost-stories.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Originally published in 1998 and covering a tradition ignored by most critics, this bibliography assembles and documents a large body of supernatural fiction written by women in English from the end of the 18th century to the present. These stories, the work of women whose literary reputations, personal histories, and bodies of work vary widely, challenge the narrow way in which supernatural literature has traditionally been regarded: they indicate a much richer and more complex set of literary responses to the supernatural than has been hitherto acknowledged. The writers included range from Ann Radcliffe and the Gothic novelists to Louisa May Alcott, Charlotte Gilman, and Edith Wharton to such modern writers as Elizabeth Bowen, Jean Rhys, Muriel Spark, and A.S. Byatt. The volume will be of interest to literary and cultural historians and of particular importance to women's studies scholars.

Blue Light of the Screen

By Claire Cronin
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  • Publisher : Watkins Media Limited
  • Book Code : 1913462064
  • Total of Pages : 232
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 922
  • Pdf File: blue-light-of-the-screen.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Blue Light of the Screen is a memoir about the author's obsession with horror and the supernatural. Blue Light of the Screen is about what it means to be afraid -- about immersion, superstition, delusion, and the things that keep us up at night. A creative-critical memoir of the author's obsession with the horror genre, Blue Light of the Screen embeds its criticism of horror within a larger personal story of growing up in a devoutly Catholic family, overcoming suicidal depression, uncovering intergenerational trauma, and encountering real and imagined ghosts. As Cronin writes, she positions herself as a protagonist who is haunted by what she watches and reads, like an antiquarian in an M.R. James ghost story whose sense of reality unravels through her study of arcane texts and cursed archives. In this way, Blue Light of the Screen tells the story of the author's conversion from skepticism to faith in the supernatural. Part memoir, part ghost story, and part critical theory, Blue Light of the Screen is not just a book about horror, but a work of horror itself.

The Penguin Classics Book

By Henry Eliot
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  • Publisher : Random House
  • Book Code : 0141990937
  • Total of Pages : 480
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 959
  • Pdf File: the-penguin-classics-book.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Penguin Classics is the largest and best-known classics imprint in the world. From The Epic of Gilgamesh to the poetry of the First World War, and covering all the greatest works of fiction, poetry, drama, history and philosophy in between, this reader's companion encompasses 500 authors, 1,200 books and 4,000 years of world literature. Stuffed full of stories, author biographies, book summaries and recommendations, and illustrated with thousands of historic Penguin Classic covers, this is an exhilarating and comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to explore and discover the best books ever written.

A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English

By Sherri L. Brown,Carol Senf,Ellen J. Stockstill
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  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Book Code : 1442277483
  • Total of Pages : 252
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 388
  • Pdf File: a-research-guide-to-gothic-literature-in-english.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The Gothic began as a designation for barbarian tribes, was associated with the cathedrals of the High Middle Ages, was used to describe a marginalized literature in the late eighteenth century, and continues today in a variety of forms (literature, film, graphic novel, video games, and other narrative and artistic forms). Unlike other recent books in the field that focus on certain aspects of the Gothic, this work directs researchers to seminal and significant resources on all of its aspects. Annotations will help researchers determine what materials best suit their needs. A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English covers Gothic cultural artifacts such as literature, film, graphic novels, and videogames. This authoritative guide equips researchers with valuable recent information about noteworthy resources that they can use to study the Gothic effectively and thoroughly.

Edinburgh Companion to the Short Story in English

By Paul Delaney
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  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Book Code : 1474442234
  • Total of Pages : 392
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 421
  • Pdf File: edinburgh-companion-to-the-short-story-in-english.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Provides a clear introduction to the key terms and frameworks in cognitive poetics and stylistics

Tales of the Troubled Dead

By Catherine Belsey
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  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Book Code : 1474417388
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 590
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Book Short Summary:

Considers the ways ghost stories appeal to our uneasy relationship with conventional good senseWhat do they want, the ghosts that, even in the age of science, still haunt our storytelling? Catherine Belsey's answer to the question traces Gothic writing and tales of the uncanny from the ancient past to the present - from Homer and the Icelandic sagas to Lincoln in the Bardo. Taking Shakespeare's Ghost in Hamlet as a turning point in the history of the genre, she uncovers the old stories the play relies on, as well as its influence on later writing. This ghostly trail is vividly charted through accredited records of apparitions and fiction by such writers as Ann Radcliffe, Washington Irving, Emily Bront Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, M. R. James and Susan Hill. In recent blockbusting movies, too, ghost stories bring us fragments of news from the unknown. Traces examples of ghost stories from Homer to the present dayDescribes the aspects of storytelling designed to involve readersIncludes stories of attested apparitions, as well as fiction by a wide range of both canonical and popular authors

The Puffin Book of Ghosts And Ghouls

By Gene Kemp
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  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Book Code : 024138379X
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 586
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Book Short Summary:

Have you checked under your bed? Made sure there's nothing hiding in your wardrobe? Good. Then you should be safe to read this book... Settle down for the 14 ghostly stories lurking behind the glow in the dark cover... Enter the terrifying world of the supernatural and meet an unnerving array of ghosts and ghouls, including a Victorian child with disturbing powers, two children with a gruesome plan, and a bizarre ghost puppy. These shuddering short stories come from highly acclaimed authors, including: Gene Kemp Joan Aiken Penelope Lively Michael Morpurgo Ray Bradbury Are you brave enough to make it through all 14 stories?