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Collected and introduced by the bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry --including her own fabulous new illustrations for each piece, and a new story by Niffenegger--this is a unique and haunting anthology of some of the best ghost stories of all time.

From Edgar Allen Poe to Kelly Link, M.R. James to Neil Gaiman, H. H. Munro to Audrey Niffenegger herself, Ghostly reveals the evolution of the ghost story genre with tales going back to the eighteenth century and into the modern era, ranging across styles from Gothic Horror to Victorian, with a particular bent toward stories about haunting--haunted children, animals, houses. Every story is introduced by Audrey Niffenegger, an acclaimed master of the craft, with some words on its background and why she chose to include it. Niffenegger's own story is, "A Secret Life With Cats."

Perfect for the classic and contemporary ghost story aficionado, this is a delightful volume, beautifully illustrated. Ghostly showcases the best of the best in the field, including Edith Wharton, P.G. Wodehouse, A.S. Byatt, Ray Bradbury, and so many more.
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, 2015
ISBN: 9781501111211
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Contents: The Black cat / Edgar Allan Poe
Secret life, with cats / Audrey Niffenegger
Pomegranate seed / Edith Wharton
The Beckoning fair one / Oliver Onions
The Mezzotint / M.R. James
Honeysuckle cottage / P.G. Wodehouse
Click-clack the Rattlebag / Neil Gaiman
They / Rudyard Kipling
Playmates / A.M. Burrage
The July ghost / A.S. Byatt
Laura / Saki
The Open window / Saki
The Specialist's hat / Kelly Link
Tiny ghosts / Amy Giacalone
The Pink house / Rebecca Curtis
August 2026 : there will come soft rains / Ray Bradbury
Additional Contributors: Niffenegger, Audrey


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Nov 25, 2017

It's somewhat rare that I pick up a book of short stories, and about equally uncommon to select a horror title, but this was a kind of fun deviation. Audrey Niffenegger, author of 'The Time Traveler's Wife', has assembled this collection, which proved to be a fitting read the week after Halloween (I had meant to read it earlier in October, but a couple other titles got in the way). Standouts include Poe's classic "The Black Cat," eye-openingly horrifying to modern-day sensibilities, and the traditionally creepy "Click-Clack the Rattlebag" (Gaiman). There is something here to give everyone the shivers.

Sep 23, 2015

Just in time for the Halloween season, Niffenegger, the author of the excellent ghost story, "Her Fearful Symmetry," has put together a solid collection of classic and contemporary ghost stories. From the unsettling, Poe's "Black Cat", to the unforgettable, Link's "Specialist's Hat," Niffenegger's collection is perfect for people like me that like to read ghost stories every October. The stories are short enough to read in one sitting and some definitely require more than one reading. A fun mix of a variety of ghost stories.


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