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Publisher's Summary

Classic haunted house ghost stories curated by world-renowned filmmaker and horror genre authority John Landis. 

This beautifully presented, highly collectible anthology features ghost stories that have enthralled, terrified and inspired, decade after decade. Some are relatively well known; others are long-lost treasures, awaiting rediscovery. 

The selection includes tales of terror by Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft and Percival Landon; studies of creeping dread by Edgar Allan Poe and Henry James; short, sharp shockers by Ambrose Bierce, M.R. James and Lafcadio Hearn; and comedic masterpieces by Oscar Wilde and Saki. 

Mr. Landis' own introduction explores each tale's fascinating impact on the contemporary horror genre. 

Step inside these ghost-ridden repositories of supernatural evil, if you dare.... 

"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." (H. P. Lovecraft)

©2020 John Landis (introduction) (P)2020 Dorling Kindersley Ltd

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  • Miko
  • 02-10-20

Perfect Autumn Ghost Story Compilation

A satisfying and well-narrated compilation of classic haunting tales that blur the lines between supernatural and psychological. These stories, originally published between 1839 and 1937, aren’t what I’d consider incredibly scary, but I found each interesting and, in an odd way, comforting. (Perhaps this is just me, but I find there’s something nice about having a classic spooky tale read to me, especially on a chill autumn afternoon or evening... and maybe this year, when modern life is even more stressful than usual, this was even more the case.)

I’d listen to Roger May before and knew I enjoyed his narrations, but Hillary Maclean was new to me; happily I found her voice easy to listen to and thought her a very skilled reader. I dislike cast recordings or multiple narrators in one story, so was happy each story was individually narrated and found that the collection had a nice balance of stories read by each narrator.

I would’ve appreciated it had a story list been included in the description, as there was not, I’ll included it below for others who would like the same.

One small word of advice, if you want to go into the stories with no spoilers at all, I’d skip the introduction; there aren’t any story-ruining spoilers, but I still felt it gave more away than I’d have liked.

Stories in order of play:

Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe

The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulward-Lytton

The Empty House by Algernon Blackwood

The Red Room by H. G. Wells

The Shunned House by H. P. Lovecraft

The Spook House by Ambrose Bierce

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

Thurnley Abbey by Perceval Landon

The Judge’s House by Bram Stoker

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman

The Haunted Dolls’ House by M. R. James

La Horla by Guy de Maupassant

The Reconciliation by Lafcadio Hearn

The Open Window by Saki

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