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A selection of 17 classic stories of horror and the supernatural by some of the greatest writers in the genre. This compilation includes a mix of well-known classics by authors such as Charles Dickens and M. R. James, alongside several unjustly overlooked gems by less familiar names who were hugely popular and prolific in their day. The stories are:

  1. "The Phantom Coach" by Amelia B. Edwards
  2. "The Signal-man by" Charles Dickens
  3. "An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  4. "The Shadow in the Corner" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  5. "The Upper Berth" by F. Marion Crawford
  6. "The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral" by M. R. James
  7. "The Story of Salome" by Amelia B. Edwards
  8. "John Charrington's Wedding" by Edith Nesbit
  9. "The Corpse Light" by J. E. Preston Muddock
  10. "The Thing in the Upper Room" by Arthur Morrison
  11. "The Sand-walker" by Fergus Hume
  12. "Rose Rose" by Barry Pain
  13. "The Tomb of Sarah' by F. G. Loring
  14. "The House with the Brick-kiln" by E. F. Benson
  15. "In the Dark" by Edith Nesbit
  16. "The Story of the Green House, Wallington" by Allen Upward
  17. "Mr. Humphreys and His Inheritance" by M. R. James
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No chapter titles!!!! This book requires them!

Another otherwise good collection of stories ruined because they didn't put any chapter titles in. It's all chapter 1, 2, etc. So you can't just pick a story, you have click and listen for 10 seconds to see if that's the one you were looking for.

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Simon Stanhope will thrill you

Simon's mellow voice and focused performance will keep you entertained and at times frightened! I don't know his background, but I am sure he has many years experience in drama and literature. By all means buy this collection!

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brilliant stories, brilliant narration!

Stanhope brings to life all my favorite ghost stories of old in a way that's seamless and timeless.

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  • Tony Rawlinson
  • 10-16-21

A great selection, brilliantly read!

What a fine selection of ghost stories, from my favourite eras. The geniuses that are Amelia B Edwards, MR James and E Nesbit deservedly get a couple of run-outs each, including the heart-rending and supremely eerie "John Charrington's Wedding." And doesn't Simon Stanhope have the perfect voice for this genre and era? It's like he stepped off the page. More of this delightful fare please, Simon!

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  • michael bailey
  • 12-06-21

Good classic tales of the supernatural

Well read and and, overall, a great selection from the ghost story genre. Recommended.

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  • Steven Cuff
  • 04-15-22

Well worth a listen.

Beautifully read classic tales. I really enjoyed it. You will too if you like ghost stories.

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  • 03-21-22

Awful narration

I love ghost stories and was really looking forward to listening to this. I tried several of the stories but found the clipped, strangulated narration too difficult to listen to. Perhaps it was meant to suit the Edwardian/Victorian style but, for me, it just made the stories boring and lacking in atmosphere. Sadly, I can't comment on the quality of the stories themselves as I couldn't get through a whole one. I'll be returning this title.

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  • Prester Jim
  • 02-27-22

Sure, 'Tis Da Auld Fella Wit' Da Crooked Neck...

Bumper anthology of vintage ghost stories presenting a mix of polished jewels, rough diamonds and cheap paste in this traditional display of the macabre. The percentage of good to bad is high; a strong start lines up half a dozen classics with several other excellent pieces appearing throughout. Even so, this is probably better enjoyed in short sittings as it can get repetitious after a while. Part of the problem is the curation: the formal range is fairly limited here. Many stories feature similar plots or twists (a room bedevilled by a malevolent spirit; people or locales haunted by the tell-tale signs of past sins; a swivel-eyed denouement "And they were a GHOST!"). The problem is exacerbated by the arrangement of the stories, often sequencing two or three in a row that feature much the same premise.
Perhaps unfairly, I found the narration slightly irritating. Simon Stanhope is clearly a capable narrator but his choice of tone really didn't work for me. No doubt attempting to invoke the spectre of Victorian or Edwardian gentility, he delivers these stories in a snooty, querulous tone that lends an air of peevishness to everything. It all sounds a bit Arthur Dent; the tone of a provincial Englishman abroad, complaining to a foreigner about the service of his meal; it's the voice I imagine Americans would expect upon hearing the words: "Ah! Lord Fortesquieu!" Leaning into the melodrama as he does, Stanhope's delivery highlights the stylistic homogeneity to many of these stories. It's a valid approach but not my preferred one. He dials it down occasionally, so that a few pieces (M.R. James' 'Mr Humphreys And His Inheritance,' for instance) are all the more enjoyable as a result.

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  • Louise Lovie
  • 02-26-22

Enjoyable

In general, I enjoyed this very much. Some stories, of course, were better than others but most were interesting enough to hold the attention. I loved the old fashioned tone of the vocabulary and idiom; the narration was excellent.

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  • BClose
  • 01-27-22

Wonderful Narration of these Classic Ghost Stories.

I loved every minute of these wonderful ghost stories, I didn’t want it to end.Some well known stories and some lesser known ones.The narration is just perfect and really adds to the enjoyment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-25-22

Most annoying voice

Could only listen to a couple of them the persons voice is so greating and using words which I have no idea what they mean sounds as if it is read in some old English just gave up I want to listen to an easy relaxing book at night not one where I have to think on what that word meant sorry not for me