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Black Spirits and White A Book of Ghost Stories Kindle Edition

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Length: 184 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 254 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 23, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TIKL6C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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This is a great collection of short stories by Ralph Adams Cram. All of them are set in Europe, usually the protagonist is an American traveler. Cram seems to have been a bit of a Francophile, but he clearly romanticized all of the continent. I found the ghost stories to be quite original and even ahead of their time. The prose is very modern and it is easy to forget that this collection was first published in 1895.

In his renown essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature," H. P. Lovecraft wrote: "In 'The Dead Valley' the eminent architect and mediævalist Ralph Adams Cram achieves a memorably potent degree of vague regional horror through subtleties of atmosphere and description."

It is not surprising to see Cram praised by Lovecraft; after reading these short tales, his influence on Lovecraft's writing is undeniable. In fact, the first story in the collection, "252 Rue M. Le Prince," seems particularly Lovecraftian and I think any fan of the Mythos would love this volume of Cram's weird fiction.
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This was a Kindle purchase that provided a nice recreational read during some recent travel. I am a fan of old ghost tales, primarily in the way they're written (style and language) and in their manner of presentation (more suggestive than graphic). This collection satisfied both my needs, and the Kindle format was very convenient.
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noone has reviewed this, one of the greatest collection of ghost stories of all times? amazing, really. this collection contains the masterpiece the dead valley (one of the most horrible unreality stories ever), the masterpiece rue m. "something french" (one of the best haunted house storie ever written), two great storie, one mediocre, and one uninteresting. great vivid descriptions. the best thing about crams works is how he describes how Evil starts surronding the place in questioning, until it is overwhelming. here, he is truly master.
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I was expecting a collection of old fashioned boring stories, but was pleasantly surprised. I found them perfectly scary and could rank up there with todays horror stories.
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A very good and forgotten book of six ghost stories. The opening story, "No. 252 Rue M. Le Prince," is a traditional "let's spend an evening in a haunted house," only this one is in Paris and has a backstory of "black magic." A few of the stories are set up by two travelers through Europe -- "In Kropfsberg Keep" is one, about a notorious Count and his scandalous party and suicide, and my favorite story in the book, "Sister Maddelena," about the ill-fated tryst of two Italian lovers, one of whom becomes a nun and haunts her former convent.
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Stories were mainly set in Europe...atmospheric, well written, but not particularly frightening....certainly a way to pass a quiet, rainy evening, but stories won't stay with you...
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Excellent stories. The Dead Valley, No. 252 Rue M. Le Prince, and In Kropfsberg Keep were the real standouts for me. The White Villa and Sister Maddelena were also very good. Very creepy and gothic.

Notre Dame De Eaux wasn't super-good but it had some great imagery. I see by other reviews that he also wrote non-fiction. I haven't read any of them but he had a very precise eye for details and can really make a scene come alive.

The formatting is also done very well in the kindle edition, especially for being free.

Definitely a 5/5 and I only wish there were more ghost stories by this author.
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