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Publisher's Summary

Immerse yourself. Savor the best storytelling from the greatest authors of the supernatural. The haunting language and brilliant rendition create an extraordinary atmosphere.

Includes:
"Ethan Brand" by Nathaniel Hawthorne: A lime-burner and his young son encounter the man searching for the Unpardonable Sin.

"The Yellow Sign" by Robert W. Chambers: Using the rich gothic language of Poe, the author creates a similar shocking effect.

"The Oval Portrait" by Edgar Allan Poe: A painter exchanges the life of his young bride for the painted image.

"The Upper Berth" by F. Marion Crawford: Apparent suicides on board a ship lead to uncanny supernatural conclusions.

"An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce: One of the most famous short stories ever written.

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Critic Reviews

"The very best in its genre." (School Library Journal)

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worth checking out

This is such a good, though small, compilation of classic short stories. While I'm not a fan of all of the choices this is definitely worth checking out. The narration by Geraint Wyn Davies is very good. One problem with the production is that there is hardly a break between stories so that they practically run into each other. There are longer pauses in the middle of stories.
Ethan Brand, 2 stars. It starts out so good, and goes nowhere unexpected..
The Yellow Sign, 4 stars. Excellent, subtly menacing.
The Oval Portrait, 3 stars. Very short and simple.
The Upper Berth, 5 stars. A classic for a reason. This is a perfect ghost story.
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, 5 stars. Genius.

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great stories and narration

Great stories and narration but read with no pause between, as if studio time was at a premium. Very odd, and almost comical. Overall I very much enjoyed this collection.

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A superb reader

Great stories but my hat off to the reader. Excellent at conveying feeling and different voices and accents without being overdone.

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Excellent selection of stories!

Every story in this collection is a gem, a must-read for lovers of horror classics.

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Minor Criticism - Editing

Wonderful classic stories.
Artful narration.

My only criticism is the editing. I wish there had been a better transition between stories. The existing transition is so abrupt; there is nearly no gap between one story ending and the next beginning. I listen to many audio anthologies and the transition between the selections in the anthology is normally handled much more smoothly.

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The narrator is a below par.

Stories are interesting but the narrator is trying too hard.
These are classic stories and I have listened to most of them before.
Good thing this was included with my membership or I would have returned it.

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Ambrose Bierce’s story was striking!

Famous American short stories wonderfully read by Gerraint Wyn Davies. My favorite was “An Occurrence at All Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce.