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A first rate list of contributors... Hair raising!' Time Out 'All we need say is buy it. Starlog --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Peter Haining is a leading authority on horror fiction,with a particular emphasis on early Gothic and on the classic English ghost story. He has edited a large number of horror, crime and fantasy anthologies published over the past three decades.
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Product Details

  • Series: Mammoth Book of
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; Edition Unstated edition (September 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786719605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786719600
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By hauntedpen on November 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
Many of the large ghost story anthologies seem to repeat a lot of familiar stories, but Peter Haining has included in this one many stories I've never read before -- both historical and contemporary. Among my favorites are "The Man from Glasgow" by Somerset Maugham about an olive merchant in Spain, "The House at Treheale" by A.C. Benson about a haunted composer, "The Prescription" by Marjorie Bowen about a doctor's strange night, "Haunted" by Joyce Carol Oates about the misfortune that befalls two young girls, "Video Nasty" by Philip Pullman about an eerie viewing of a snuff film, and "The Richpins" by E.G. Swain about a haunted field. I was also pleased to find Daphne Du Maurier's "The Pool" included here. It's a story I've searched out to read before without much success of finding it, since it was not included in her "Don't Look Now" collection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Mark Beaver on May 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have to credit my good friend Tom for hooking me onto this one. Incredibly compiled collection of great writing, ghost stories or not. Somerset Maugham, Daphne DuMaurier, Joyce Carol Oates, even John Gielgud before he was a "Sir." Most of them deliver genuine creeps, but the whole collection was SO well selected. I will read more in this series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Gazala VINE VOICE on October 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Editor Peter Haining does a good job choosing the selections for this collection of ghost stories. Rather than emphasizing pieces featuring moaning phantoms, clanking chains and other staple but simplistic fare common to the genre, Haining sought stories heavy with eerie mood and tone. As with any anthology like this one, some vignettes are better or more effective than others. That said, the overall quality of the selections is consistently high. Some of the tales surely will curdle a reader's blood late in the dead of a stormy night. The compilation makes clear ghosts are as often specters within us as without, and there can be no haunting absent the haunted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David A. Wend on October 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
Each year around Halloween, my reading takes me to ghost and vampire stories, which seem ideal for early autumn evenings. The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories is a good and very broad collection of stories. This is a large book of 582 pages and is broken down into sections. The first section deals with the modern tradition of ghost stories and includes classic stories by M. R. James (Oh Whistle, And I'll Come to You My Lad), A. C. Benson (The House at Trehale) and E. G. Swain (The Richpins). Section two is called The Golden Era and has stories by Conan Doyle (Playing with Fire), Kipling (The House Surgeon), Somerset Maugham (A Man from Glasgow) and D. H Lawrence (The Last Laugh). Section three is devoted to war stories and includes a very effective story by George Minto (The Ghost of U65), Sir Alec Guinness (Money for Jam) and Elizabeth Bowen (Pink May). The Haunted Chateau by Dennis Wheatley has some very atmospheric writing but is more of a detective story instead of a haunting.

Section four deals with modern gothic, including some fine stories by Edith Wharton (The Lady's Maid Bell), Daphne du Maurier, and Marie Belloc Lowndes (The Duenna). The next section deals with humor and includes James Thurber (The Night the Ghost Got In) and Alexander Woollcott (Full Fathom Five). An unusual story by Ray Bradbury (Another Fine Mess) recounts the making of the film short The Music Box with the ghosts of Laurel and Hardy acting out their scenes. The section of Christmas Ghost stories includes some very effective stories by H. Rider Haggard (Only a Dream), E. F. Benson (The Light in the Garden and Marjorie Bowen (The Prescription). The final section of the book - Tales of Unease - includes Fritz Leiber's Smoke Ghost, William F, Nolan's The Party and Philip Pullman's Video Nasty.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By juleptrader on October 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a really great collection. Some of the best ghost stories you could possibly choose.

Anyone giving this book low marks is probably looking for *horror* stories which is a completely different genre.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Galo Romero on March 24, 2010
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This one took me a very long time to complete since nearly half of the collection of stories were either painfully dull and tame (surprisingly by well known authors whose stories may have frightened or terrified readers at the first-half of the 20th century, but are "ho-hum" by today's horror standards), or had little or nothing to do with ghosts (just a vague notion of the supernatural), and still others read like bad urban legends with predictable endings. But nonetheless I read them all from beginning to end. However, the book is by no means a complete loss since the other half of stories collected are well worth the read (which is why I gave the book an overall 3-star rating). So, if you happen to pick up this book, the stories I recommend reading are: A.C. Benson's "The House at Trehale", Arthur Gray's "The Everlasting Club", A.N.L. Munby's "Number Seventy-Nine", Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "Playing With Fire", Rudyard Kipling's "The House Surgeon", John Buchan's "The Grove of Ashtaroth", Somerset Maugham's "A Man from Glasgow", George Minto's "The Ghost of U65", Algernon Blackwood's "Vengeance is Mine", Sir Alec Guiness' "Money for Jam", Edith Wharton's "The Lady's Maid's Bell", Eudora Welty's "Clytie", Daphne du Maurier's "The Pool", James Thurber's "The Night the Ghost Got In", Eric Keown's "Sir Tristram Goes West", Ray Bradbury's "Another Fine Mess", E.F. Benson's "A Light in the Garden", Hammond Innes' "South Sea Bubble", Fritz Leiber's "Smoke Ghost", A.E. Van Vogt's "The Ghost", and Philip Pullman's "Video Nasty".
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