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bryan
Posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 12:23 pm:   

old or new. it doesn't matter, just something well written with ghosts or spirits in it.
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des
Posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 12:29 pm:   

The Collected Stories of Oliver Onions.
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JJA
Posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 12:35 pm:   

Not a collection, but an anthology --

Ellen Datlow's THE DARK.
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MarcL
Posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 12:41 pm:   

LOST SOULS, edited by Jack Sullivan, might be the single best classic ghost story collection I've ever read. It was the companion collection to Sullivan's ELEGANT NIGHTMARES: THE ENGLISH GHOST STORY FROM LE FANU TO BLACKWOOD.
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T Andrews
Posted on Wednesday, July 21, 2004 - 07:20 am:   

M.R. James' Collected Ghost Stories
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Jim Rockhill
Posted on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 09:46 am:   

Your best bet would be to start with such reprint anthologies as LOST SOULS, already mentioned,

Wise & Fraser's (eds.) GREAT STORIES OF TERROR AND THE SUPERNATURAL (Modern Library, 1944; still in print) - not all ghost stories, but offers a great many of the greatest such tales.

David Hartwell (ed.)THE DARK DESCENT (Tor, 1987)
David Hartwell (ed.)FOUNDATIONS OF FEAR (Tor, 1992) - As with Wise & Fraser, not all of the supernatural tales in these anthologies feature ghosts, but many of the best tales in the genre are included.

Michael Cox (ed.) THE OXFORD BOOK OF ENGLISH GHOST STORIES (Oxford, 1986).

Richard Dalby and Rosemary Pardoe (eds.) GHOSTS & SCHOLARS (Equation, 1989) - anything edited by Richard Dalby is worth seeking out.

Henry Mazzeo (ed.) HAUNTINGS - with illustrations by Edward Gorey. Out of print, but easy to find in libraries and the book club edition shows up fairly often in used bookstores.

&

Montague Summers (ed.) THE SUPERNATURAL OMNIBUS - reprinted many, many times, and surely not that hard to locate. It is one of the few anthologies to have the sense to include Vernon Lee's superlative "Amour Dure".

The list of worthy anthologies is much longer, but these are the best places to start. A list of worthy original anthologies of ghostly fiction starting at least as early as Cynthia Asquith's THE GHOST BOOK (Hutchinson, 1926) and continuing through Ellen Datlow's THE DARK (Tor, 2003) would make up an even longer list.

You should also seek out collections by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Oliver Onions (though his best tale, "The Beckoning Fair One" is available in many anthologies, including some of the books listed above), E. F. Benson, Ramsey Campbell, M. R. James, Henry James (at least "The Jolly Corner" and "The Turn of the Screw" should be read by anyone interested in the ghost story at its best), Vernon Lee, Marjorie Bowen, John Metcalfe, Robert Aickman, L. P. Hartley, Algernon Blackwood, Herbert Russell Wakefield, Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce,Edith Wharton, Jean Ray, Claude Seignolle, E. T. A. Hoffmann, and sundry others.

Best,

Jim
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JV
Posted on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 02:36 pm:   

Spam deleted from this thread. Please continue. In future, email me at vanderworld@hotmail.com if this comes up again and I'll remove it immediately. I didn't see the spam until now.

JeffV

PS I removed emails related to the spam just to clear up the thread entirely. Hope that's okay.
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EDatlow
Posted on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 02:58 pm:   

Thanks Jeff. Didn't know you were wrangling this board :-)

The Two Sams by Glen Hirshberg (C&G) is a marvelous collection of the author's short fiction, all of them ghost stories.

Kelly Link's "The Specialist's Hat" in her collection Sometimes These Things Happen (and on Event Horizon, if it ever goes back up --domain problems. don't ask)

Terry Lamsley's collections.
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Jeremy Lassen
Posted on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 09:00 am:   

Soon, a long out of print Terry lamsley collection will be returning to print, in an affordable hardcover edition from a certian publisher we all know well..

;)

LOok for it 1st half of next year.
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EDatlow
Posted on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 09:19 am:   

Great. However...I wish he'd write some more stories. I have a new one by him in my hot little hands that's coming out in a Steve Jones antho later this year--haven't read it yet. ;-)
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Jim Rockhill
Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 12:49 pm:   

I agree that Lamsley is among the best living writers of ghost stories. If only there were enough new uncollected tales to fill a fourth book as the first three collections are superb.

Jim
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Jim Rockhill
Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 12:59 pm:   

Reggie Oliver's work is also well worth seeking out, though dealing with the man who has published a majority of his work can be difficult.
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Nathan Ballingrud
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 09:45 pm:   

I enthusiastically echo Ellen's recommendation of Glen Hirshberg's THE TWO SAMS. The guy is AWEsome. The title story almost made me cry.
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Jim Rockhill
Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2004 - 03:43 am:   

I have not yet read "The Two Sams" - saving it until Mr. Hirshberg's next publication appears - but have been impressed by everything of his thus far. Met him at the WFC in Minneapolis - he is a nice fellow and gave a powerful reading.

I also must agree with the recommendation of Link's "The Specialist's Hat".

Jeffrey Thomas's novella in the Earthling Books chapbook, "Godhead Dying Downward" is another recent excellent ghost story.
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Craig Shaeffer
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2004 - 03:06 pm:   

Here are a few of my personal favorites:

From the aforementioned Great Stories of Terror and the Supernatural…
“How Love Came to Professor Guildea,” by Robert Hichens
“Casting the Runes,” by M.R. James
“Afterward,” by Edith Wharton
“The Beckoning Fair One,” by Oliver Onions

From Algernon Blackwood…
“The Willows”
“The Glamour of the Snow”
“Max Hensig” (a stretch here, but a marvelous story)

From M.R. James…
“Count Magnus”
“The Ash-Tree”
“Lost Hearts”
“A Warning to the Curious”
“Canon Alberic’s Scrap Book”
“The Mezzotint”

From E.F. Benson…
“Caterpillars”
“The Face”


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johnleslie
Posted on Saturday, November 13, 2004 - 08:34 am:   

The Fireside Book of Ghost Stories edited by Edward Wagenknecht. Has some really good stories that don't appear in other anthologies. Check out "They Found My Grave" by Joseph Shearing.
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Jim Rockhill
Posted on Sunday, December 12, 2004 - 01:19 pm:   

The Fireside Book of Ghost Stories, as with anyting written or edited by Edward Wagenknect, is indeed excellent. It should be pointed out that Joseph Shearing is one of the pseudonyms for the author who usually wrote under the name Marjorie Bowen.

Who let the tiresome gagasaurus back in?

Jim
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The Highboy
Posted on Sunday, July 03, 2005 - 12:43 am:   

Women and Ghosts by Alison Lurie

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