Gothic Ghosts

Gothic Ghosts

by Wendy Webb, Charles L. Grant
     
 

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This book of delicate but distrubing hauntings provides welcome variety . . . Readers will appreciate these new additions to an ageless genre. -- Publishers Weekly

The field of horror fiction has recently been dominated by blood and gore, but the suspense and terror in Gothic Ghosts, an anthology consisting of nineteen superior chillers,

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This book of delicate but distrubing hauntings provides welcome variety . . . Readers will appreciate these new additions to an ageless genre. -- Publishers Weekly

The field of horror fiction has recently been dominated by blood and gore, but the suspense and terror in Gothic Ghosts, an anthology consisting of nineteen superior chillers, although much more gentle, is incredibly real. The writers include many award-winning fantasy/horror authors such as Rick Hautala, Robert Vardeman, and England's Brian Stableford.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Elaine McGuire
This collection features stories of "mood" and "atmosphere" by some well-known and some not so well-known authors. Among the contributors are New York Times bestselling author Rick Hautala, Bram Stoker award-winner Nancy Holder, and Nebula winner Esther Friesner. In A Mirror for Eyes of Winter by Jessica Amanda Salmonson, a deeply depressed widow reluctantly befriends her late husband's sheepdog and is eventually saved from freezing to death by the dog's newly liberated ghost. The undeniable existence of the dog's spirit convinces the woman to go on living. Carrie Richerson's Nuestra Señora is the story of a dwindling man who visits his dead fiancee's ghost (self-induced drowning) every midsummer to make amends for ostracizing her when she became mysteriously pregnant thirty years ago. Syngamy by Holder is an effective and unique depiction of an infertile woman's world (personal Hell), inhabited by the newborn, toddler, child, and teen ghosts of her numberless unborn. Many of the stories do have the required eerie feeling, but even these promising ones have middle-age to elderly characters with lost loves and very adult senses of mortality and grief. At the worst, the stories have endings that make the reader wonder if something was missed or misunderstood. Eerie loses itself in a mist too thick too often. Even the most mature YA readers attracted by the title will be dissatisfied. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P S (Readable without serious defects, For the YA reader with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Kirkus Reviews
Anthology of 19 new ghostly tales, although few whomp up any sort of gothic atmosphere or induce shivers. The more effective tales: Brian Stableford's "Seers," about an old woman imprisoned by the ghosts she sees even though they can't physically affect her; "Unexpected Attraction," a rather waggish tale of a duped lover gaining his revenge upon a conniving ghost (Matthew J. Costello); and the one genuinely haunting piece here, Russell J. Handelman's "And the City Unfamiliar," about the motives and perceptions of a ghost who, pathetically, doesn't realize that he is a ghost. Elsewhere the offerings are more or less standard: several who's-the-ghost variations, a woman saved from death by the ghost of a dog, evil children's ghosts trapped in fireplaces, a hotel resort fire, a vengeful stonecutter, a possessive homicidal house, storytelling ghosts, the ghost of an old woman's youth, a mother's ghost who seeks replacements for her own vanished children, a dominating mother, a sick joke that goes awry, a philandering father, and more.

Except for the few noted above: a bland assortment without much range or depth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780783884455
Publisher:
Macmillan Library Reference
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Series:
Paperback Series
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
365
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.77(d)

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