The Body-Snatcher and Other Classic Ghost Stories

The Body-Snatcher and Other Classic Ghost Stories

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by Michael Kelahan
     
 

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There is a life beyond the grave unlike the lives we live, and its ghostly character has inspired some of the ghastliest tales of terror committed to paper. The Body-Snatcher and Other Classic Ghost Stories collects twenty-eight tales of ghosts and hauntings that rank as some of the most frightening fiction written in the past two centuries. Drawn from a

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There is a life beyond the grave unlike the lives we live, and its ghostly character has inspired some of the ghastliest tales of terror committed to paper. The Body-Snatcher and Other Classic Ghost Stories collects twenty-eight tales of ghosts and hauntings that rank as some of the most frightening fiction written in the past two centuries. Drawn from a rich heritage of horror stories that span the American and European continents, its contents give shape to that most ephemeral form—the ghost that lies in wait for the living, and that manifests to us in our most vulnerable moments. Selections include:


  • “The Body-Snatcher” by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • “The Upper Berth” by F. Marion Crawford

  • “ ‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’ ” by M.R. James

  • “The Beckoning Fair One” by Oliver Onions

  • “The Clock” by William Fryer Harvey

  • “In the Vault” by H.P. Lovecraft
Though occasionally invisible, and often intangible, the ghosts in these tales are far from insubstantial. They prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that what you can’t see can scare you.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435135901
Publisher:
Fall River Press
Publication date:
07/11/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
472
File size:
2 MB

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Michael Kelahan has compiled collections of fiction by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Washington Irving, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His anthologies include The End of the World: Classic Tales of Apocalyptic Science Fiction, The Screaming Skull and Other Classic Horror Stories, and The Monster-Maker and Other Science Fiction Classics.

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Body-Snatcher and Other Classic Ghost Stories 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
jjelizalde More than 1 year ago
These are great ghost stories, most published originally in the 19th century by famous authors of the time. Love the archaic prose and writing style of the time.
YronimosW More than 1 year ago
Great fun if you enjoy classic horror and science fiction stories! Michael Kelahan's compilations of early horror stories ("The Monster Maker and other Science Fiction Classics", "The Body Snatcher and other Classic Ghost Stories", and "M is for Monster", "The Screaming Skull and other Classic Horror Stories", and others) are excellent, with very very few (if any) dull or poor stories and some great introductions providing backgrounds and context for the stories and their authors. Most of these stories are from the late 1800's to the early 20th century, yet many still pack a punch even for today's jaded audiences. With stories from the likes of well-known masters of this sort of fiction such as H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Machen, H.G. Wells, Jules Vern, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Sirt Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allen Poe, Franz Kafka, Ambrose Bierce, M.R. James, Algernon Blackwood, Mary Shelley, and Brahm Stoker, many of these stories will appear like welcome visits from old friends to fans of horror, science fiction, and fantasy, and it's hard to go wrong with these obvious choices. Some stories will be familiar to viewers of classic science fiction or horror movies and anthology television shows like the Twilight Zone or Thriller. In addition to the familiar, though, there are enough of the more obscure stories of comparable quality from lesser-known writers to bring a few surprises for even the most experienced of classic weird fiction fans. Michael Kelahan's comments and contributions are nice additions to the great selections of classic stories, and I hope to see other collections like these from the same editor!
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