A masterful collection of ghost stories that have been overlooked by contemporary readersincluding tales by celebrated authors such as Charles Dickens, Sir Walter Scott, Mark Twain, and Edith Whartonpresented with insightful annotations by acclaimed horror anthologists Leslie S. Klinger and Lisa Morton.The ghost story has long been a staple of world literature, but many of the genre's greatest tales have been forgotten, overshadowed in many cases by their authors' bestselling work in othergenres. In this spine-tingling anthology, little known stories from literary titans like Charles Dickens and Edith Wharton are collected alongside overlooked works from masters of horror fiction like Edgar Allan Poe and M. R. James.Acclaimed anthologists Leslie S. Klinger (The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes) and Lisa Morton (Ghosts: A Haunted History)set these stories in historical context and trace the literary significance ofghosts in fiction over almost two hundred yearsfrom a traditional English ballad first printed in 1724 through the Christmas-themed ghost stories of the Victorian era and up to the science fiction–tinged tales of the early twentieth century.In bringing these masterful tales back from the dead,Ghost Storieswill enlighten and frighten both longtime fans and new readers of the genre.Including stories by:Ambrose Bierce, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Olivia Howard Dunbar, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, M. R. James, Arthur Machen, Georgia Wood Pangborn, Mrs. J. H. Riddell, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Walter Scott, Frank Stockton, Mark Twain, and Edith Wharton.
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About the Author
Leslie S. Klingeris one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes. He is the editor of the three-volumeThe New Annotated SherlockHolmes.The first two volumes,The Complete Short Stories,won the Edgar for “Best Critical/Biographical” work. He is also the editor of the hugelysuccessfulThe NewAnnotated H. P. Lovecraft.Klinger is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and lives in Malibu, California.
Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author, anthologist, and the editor of the acclaimedGhosts: A Haunted History.She is a six-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, a recipient of the Black Quill Award, and winner of the 2012 Grand Prize from the Halloween Book Festival. A lifelong Californian, she lives in North Hills, California, and can be found online at www.lisamorton.com.