Posted by P. Bingham on January 29, 1998 at 14:52:07:
I found another book off the Jane Austen path but so very entertaining! It's called The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories chosen by Michael Cox & R.A. Gilbert. (1986). I'm not much into horror stories but the historical context intrigued me.
I just read the Tapestried Chamber by Sir Walter Scott (1829) and it was not really scary but very much amusing. The historical detail was very good. The one following is called The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards (1864). That was the most frightening trip I've ever made! That one will rise the hair from your neck.
The book includes Ghost stories written also by Bram Stoker, Henry James, Mary E. Wilkins, E.F. Benson, May Sinclair, Edith Wharton (can't wait to read that one!), Elizabeth Bowen, and T.H. White to name only a few. The ladies are well represented.
All the stories are very short, each one not more than a few pages of blood-curdling retreat. I will note that , with the exception of Sir Walter Scott's, none of the stories represent our Regency interest though most of them are nineteenth-century.
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