The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories
From Elizabeth Gaskell to Ambrose Bierce
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 Stories features 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.
Chronology of Ghost Story 1820-1914
A Note on the Texts
Elizabeth Gaskell: The Old Nurse's Story
Fitz-James O'Brien: What Was It?
Edward Bulwer Lytton: The Haunted and the Haunters: or, The House and the Brain
Mary Elizabeth Braddon: The Cold Embrace
Amelia B. Edwards: The North Mail
Charles Dickens: No. I Branch Line: Signal Man
Sheridan Le Fanu: Green Tea
Harriet Beecher Stowe: The Ghost in Cap'n Brown House
Robert Louis Stevenson: Thrawn Janet
Margaret Oliphant: The Open Door
Rudyard Kipling: At the End of the Passage
Lafcadio Hearn: Nightmare-Touch
W.W. Jacobs: The Monkey's Paw
Mary Wilkins Freeman: The Wind in the Rose-Bush
M.R. James: 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad'
Ambrose Bierce: The Moonlit Road
Henry James: The Jolly Corner
Mary Austin: The Readjustment
Edith Wharton: Afterward
Glossary of Scots Words
Biographical and Explanatory Notes