With its rich history and dramatic personalities, London has long been considered one of the world's most haunted places. Read about ten centuries of history in search of the city's most terrifying and interesting ghosts.
Author: Edrick Thay
Publisher: Ghost House Pub
Haunting tales from the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Savoy Hotel, Hampton Court and more.
Throughout the book, we delve into the histories of London to uncover the sometimes shocking secrets from the city, the terrifying tales of spiritual activity or downright strange other worldly behaviour.
Author: Tess Stenson
Everybody loves a good ghost story or a tale about strange or hair raising happenings, but the realities of the ghost world are often rather different to how they are portrayed in popular culture. London is a city with a richly haunted history. It has provided a colourful canvas for all sorts of paranormal incidents, legends and entities. For the last few decades, the Royal Society of Spookology has been collecting the stories about this strange parallel world and researching how it has influenced our small mortal world throughout history. The Ghastly London Ghost Stories Omnibus gathers together some of the more interesting, famous or bizarre stories from The Big Smoke. Throughout the book, we delve into the histories of London to uncover the sometimes shocking secrets from the city, the terrifying tales of spiritual activity or downright strange other worldly behaviour. Just some of the topics covered are: What are the differences between ghost and spirit? What happened to Old London Bridge? How did some troublesome ducks disrupt the 1877 University Boat Race? What happens when a ghost has nervous breakdown and why you should always keep your home clean and free of dust and ghost goo? All is explained in The Ghastly London Ghost Stories Omnibus.
London: Edward Arnold, 1922. . Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. London: Edward Arnold, 1904. . The Haunted Dolls' House and Other Ghost Stories. Vol. 2 of The Complete Ghost Stories of M. R. James. Edited by S. T. Joshi.
Author: Patrick J. Murphy
Publisher: Penn State Press
Montague Rhodes James authored some of the most highly regarded ghost stories of all time—classics such as “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” that have been adapted many times over for radio and television and have never gone out of print. But while James is best known as a fiction writer and storyteller, he was also a provost of King’s College, Cambridge, and Eton College, and a legendary and influential scholar whose pioneering work in the study of biblical texts and medieval manuscripts, art, and architecture is still relevant today. In Medieval Studies and the Ghost Stories of M. R. James, Patrick J. Murphy argues that these twin careers are inextricably linked. James’s research not only informed his fiction but also reflected his anxieties about the nature of academic life and explored the delicate divide between professional, university men and erratic hobbyists or antiquaries. Murphy shows how detailed attention to the scholarly inspirations behind James’s fiction provides considerable insight into a formative moment in medieval studies, as well as into James’s methods as a master stylist of understated horror. During his life, James often claimed that his stories were mere entertainments—pleasing distractions from a life largely defined by academic discipline and restraint—and readers over the years have been content to take him at his word. This intriguing volume, however, convincingly proves otherwise.
Release on 2015-06-16 | by Walter Walter Thornbury
This book deals less with the London of the ghost-stories, the scratching impostor in Cock Lane, or the apparition of Parson Ford at the Hummums, than with the London consecrated by manifold traditions-a city every street and alley of which ...
Author: Walter Walter Thornbury
This book deals less with the London of the ghost-stories, the scratching impostor in Cock Lane, or the apparition of Parson Ford at the Hummums, than with the London consecrated by manifold traditions-a city every street and alley of which teems with interesting associations, every paving-stone of which marks, as it were, the abiding-place of some ancient legend or biographical story; in short, this London of the present haunted by the memories of the past. The slow changes of time, the swifter destructions of improvement, and the inevitable necessities of modern civilisation, are rapidly remodelling London.
Stories, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1–18. Glasgow, Ellen (1990) 'The Shadowy Third', in Richard Dalby (ed.) The Virago Book of Ghost Stories: The Twentieth Century, London, Virago, 49–67. Hartley, L. P. (1957) 'Introduction', ...
Author: Scott Brewster
Category: Literary Criticism
The Handbook to the Ghost Story sets out to survey and significantly extend a new field of criticism which has been taking shape over recent years, centring on the ghost story and bringing together a vast range of interpretive methods and theoretical perspectives. The main task of the volume is to properly situate the genre within historical and contemporary literary cultures across the globe, and to explore its significance within wider literary contexts as well as those of the supernatural. The Handbook offers the most significant contribution to this new critical field to date, assembling some of its leading scholars to examine the key contexts and issues required for understanding the emergence and development of the ghost story.
Critical editions of The Turn of the Screw and of other ghost stories by Henry James : Peter Beidler ( ed . ) , The Turn of the Screw , Macmillan , London 1975 ( includes James's Preface and material from Letters and Notebooks ...
Author: Henry James
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
Henry James was arguably the greatest practitioner of what has been called the psychological ghost story. This edition includes all ten of his tales in this genre.
Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood, first published by Dover Publications, Inc., in 1973, is a new selection ... “The Empty House" and “Keeping His Promise" from The Empty Home and Other Ghost Stories, London, Eveleigh Nash, 1906.
Author: Algernon Blackwood
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Thirteen stories, including "The Willows" — acclaimed by Lovecraft as the finest supernatural story ever written — "The Wendigo," "Ancient Sorceries," and others. Includes an introduction by E. F. Bleiler.
Julia Briggs, Night Visitors: The Rise and Fall of the English Ghost Story (London: Faber and Faber, 1977). See also Eugenia C. Delamotte, Perils of the Night: A Feminist Study of Nineteenth-Century Gothic (Oxford: Oxford University ...
Author: Emma Liggins
Publisher: Springer Nature
Category: Social Science
This book explores Victorian and modernist haunted houses in female-authored ghost stories as representations of the architectural uncanny. It reconsiders the gendering of the supernatural in terms of unease, denial, disorientation, confinement and claustrophobia within domestic space. Drawing on spatial theory by Gaston Bachelard, Henri Lefebvre and Elizabeth Grosz, it analyses the reoccupation and appropriation of space by ghosts, women and servants as a means of addressing the opposition between the past and modernity. The chapters consider a range of haunted spaces, including ancestral mansions, ghostly gardens, suburban villas, Italian churches and houses subject to demolition and ruin. The ghost stories are read in the light of women’s non-fictional writing on architecture, travel, interior design, sacred space, technology, the ideal home and the servant problem. Women writers discussed include Elizabeth Gaskell, Margaret Oliphant, Vernon Lee, Edith Wharton, May Sinclair and Elizabeth Bowen. This book will appeal to students and researchers in the ghost story, Female Gothic and Victorian and modernist women’s writing, as well as general readers with an interest in the supernatural.
Release on 2018-01-22 | by Charles River Charles River Editors
So many buildings, streets, and even Tube stations have resident ghosts. Here is a collection of such tales, from among the hundreds of local legends and modern sightings that make England one of the most haunted countries in the world.
*Includes pictures *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading England is an ancient land steeped in history and tradition, filled with prehistoric ruins, majestic castles, and a countryside sculpted from millennia of human habitation.. Its rolling countryside is dotted with prehistoric burial mounds and stone circles. Brooding castles hold tales of bloodshed and honor. Medieval churches have elaborate stained glass windows and gruesome carvings, reflecting a mixture of hope and darkness. Every hamlet and village has tales that go back centuries, and folk festivals with roots in pagan times. Thus, it is not surprising that many believe England is a land filled with ghosts. For centuries, people have told tales of ghosts stalking its historic buildings, strange creatures lurking in its primeval forests, and unexplained paths linking its ancient sites. And naturally, as one of the world's most historic capitals, every step in London takes visitors through hundreds of years of history laden with stories of political intrigue, war, romance, and the inspiration of artistic and scientific geniuses. From the most magnificent avenues and monuments to the humbler minor streets and private homes, it seems every brick and cobblestone has a story to tell. The English are enchanted with the spirits of the dead. They are woven into the legends of historic buildings and take a prominent place in English literature, from Shakespeare and Dickens to modern writers such as Peter Ackroyd. So many buildings, streets, and even Tube stations have resident ghosts. Here is a collection of such tales, from among the hundreds of local legends and modern sightings that make England one of the most haunted countries in the world. The Ghosts of London: A Collection of Ghost Stories from the British Capital offers a sampling of the many strange ghost stories and unexplained phenomena that make London such an intriguing place. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the ghosts of London like never before.
Wakefield, H. R., They Return at Evening (London: Philip Allan and Co., 1928) Wharton, Edith, The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton (London: Virago, 2006) Whitechurch, Canon V. L., Thrilling Stories of theRailway (London: Routledge & Kegan ...
Author: M. Cook
Detective Fiction and the Ghost Story is a lively series of case studies celebrating the close relationship between detective fiction and the ghost story. It features many of the most famous authors from both genres including Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, M. R. James and Tony Hillerman.
Montague Rhodes James (1862–1936), British manuscript scholar, antiquarian, and the foremost ghost-story writer in English. ... James published four slim volumes of ghost stories: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (London: Edward Arnold, ...
Author: Darryl Jones
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Collects twenty-nine classic nineteenth-century horror tales from American, Irish, British, and European authors, with author information and explanatory notes.
For an insider's view of what life, death, and ghosts in the Tower of London are like, I spoke with Yeoman Sergeant Phil Wilson, ... military service, Wilson heard about the ghost stories in the Tower of London when he was a child.
Author: Jeff Belanger
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Describes paranormal activity at haunted locations from the Ballygally Castle Hotel in Ballgally, Ireland to Hibbing High School in Hibbing, Minnesota.
tions the most important are the impossibly rare Ghost Stories and Tales of Mystery (Dublin and London, 1851) and Chronicles of Golden Friars (London, 1871); The Purcell Papers (London, 1880) , edited by Alfred P. Graves; the collection ...
Author: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Publisher: Courier Corporation
A compilation of the Victorian master's classic tales of horror reveals his ability to depict the supernatural
Critical editions of The Turn of the Screw and of other gbost stories by Henry James : Peter Beidler ( ed . ) , The Turn of the Screw , Macmillan , London 1975 ( includes James's Preface and material from Letters and Notebooks ...
Author: Henry James
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
Category: Ghost stories
Melville's short stories are masterpieces. The best are to be appreciated on more than one level and those presented here are rich with symbolism and spiritual depth. Set in 1797, Billy Budd, Foretopman exploits the tension of this period during the war between England and France to create a tale of satanic treachery, tragedy and great pathos that explores human relationships and the inherently ambiguous nature of man-made justice. Tales such as Bartleby, Benito Cereno, The Lightning Rod Man, The Tartarus of Maids or I and My Chimney, show the timeless poetic power of Melville's writing as he consciously uses the disguise of allegory in various ways and to various ends.
On the Ghost Story and the Supernatural Briggs, Julia, Night Visitors: The Rise and Fall of the English Ghost Story (London, 1977). O'Briain, Helen Conrad, and Stevens, Julie-Anne (eds.), The Ghost Story from the Middle Ages to the ...
Author: M. R. James
Publisher: OUP Oxford
'I was conscious of a most horrible smell of mould, and of a cold kind of face pressed against my own...' Considered by many to be the most terrifying writer in English, M. R. James was an eminent scholar who spent his entire adult life in the academic surroundings of Eton and Cambridge. His classic supernatural tales draw on the terrors of the everyday, in which documents and objects unleash terrible forces, often in closed rooms and night-time settings where imagination runs riot. Lonely country houses, remote inns, ancient churches or the manuscript collections of great libraries provide settings for unbearable menace, from creatures seeking retribution and harm. These stories have lost none of their power to unsettle and disturb. This edition presents all of James's published ghost stories, including the unforgettable 'Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad' and 'Casting the Runes', and an appendix of James's writings on the ghost story. Darryl Jones's introduction and notes provide a fascinating insight into James's background and his mastery of the genre he made his own. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Phantom Lovers, London, William Kimber 1984. Beer, G., 'Ghosts' in Essays in Criticism, 28 July 1978, pp. 259–64, Campbell, R., Uncanny Banquet, London, Little Brown and Co 1992. Chambers, A., The Bumper Book of Ghost Stories, London, ...
Author: Sarah Sceats
Category: Literary Criticism
Image and Power is an important work of literary and cultural criticism. This collection of essays focuses on some of the major issues addressed by women's writing in the twentieth century, concerning genre, subjectivity and social and cultural expectations, issues which in the past have been regarded from an essentially male perspective. The text introduces women writers whose novels have been widely read and provides an important contribution to the debate about women in literature.