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The ghost story is perhaps the oldest of all the supernatural literary genres and has captured the imagination of almost every writer to put pen to the page. Here, Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler has followed his keen sense of the supernatural to collect the most chilling and uncanny tales in the canon. These spectral stories span more than 100 years, from modern-day horrors by Joyce Carol Oates, Chet Williamson, and Andrew Klavan, to pulp yarns from August Derleth, Greye La Spina, and M. L. Humphreys, to the atmospheric Victorian tales of Rudyard Kipling, Edith Wharton, and H. P. Lovecraft, not to mention modern works by the likes of Donald E. Westlake and Isaac Asimov that are already classics. Some of these stories have haunted the canon for a century, while others are making their first ghoulish appearance in audiobook form.  

Whether you prefer possessive poltergeists, awful apparitions, or friendly phantoms, these stories are guaranteed to thrill you, tingle the spine, or tickle the funny bone and keep you listening with fearful delight.  

Including such classics as "The Monkey's Paw" and "The Open Window" and also featuring haunted mansions, midnight frights, lovers from beyond the grave, rapping, tapping, wailing shades, and ghosts, ghouls, and specters galore!

©2012 Otto Penzler (introduction and compilation) (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • 2021-02-28

An eclectic collection with excellent narration...

I am not a fan of anthologies as such but admire them nonetheless. When they are done well - as this one is - it is a prodigious find and a profound pleasure. Notably, the story’s title and author’s name are clearly stated at the very start of each listening chapter or section. And reiterated right after a very brief and adequate introduction to the author and their works. Thankfully, all introductions are succinct. This is impressive to say the least. So many anthologies/collections suffer from rambling introductions, and in my view, this quite kills the pleasure of listening. Reading is another matter. Anyway, the narrators I think are only two (keeping it simple and sweet) and are very good. Overall, I really enjoyed this one though a few stories were already known to me.

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  • 2020-08-02

5 hours of garbage.

I couldn't even past chapter 3 cause this book was just boring as hell smh..

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  • whiterabbit
  • 2021-10-27

A classic horror delight

Perfect for a rainy Fall day or dark winter night, this massive work of classic horror stories are all wonderful and beautifully narrated. Truly a delight! Curl up with a warm mug of coffee and enjoy!

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  • 2021-09-22

way too much commentary

the history and unending commentary drove me nuts. just tell the story first then add commentary if necessary. so we don't have to listen to the annoying male narrator.