- Series: A Windward book
- Paperback: 211 pages
- Publisher: Random House; First Thus edition (1972)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394821971
- ISBN-13: 978-0394821979
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ghosts and more ghosts (A Windward book) Paperback – 1972
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But Robert Arthur's fantasy stories in _Ghosts and More Ghosts_ (1963) have that balance. They are interesting, entertaining, and appropriate for children. Most could be used (with a bit of revision) for children's storytelling activities.
There are ten stories in all: "Footsteps Invisible" (_Argosy_, 1940), "Mr. Milton's Gift" (aka, "The Man With the Golden Hand," _Bluebook_, 1953), "The Rose Crystal Bell" (_Amazing_, 1954), "Don't Be a Goose" (_Argosy_, 1941), "Obstinate Uncle Otis" (_Argosy_, 1941), "Do You Believe in Ghosts?" (_Weird Tales_, 1941), "The Stamps for El Dorado" (aka, "Post Marked for Paradise," _Argosy_, 1940), "The Wonderful Day" (aka, "The Miracle on Main Street," _Argosy_, 1940), "Mr. Dexter's Dragon" (_Weird Tales_, 1943) and "Hank Garvey's Daytime Ghost" (aka, "Garvey's Ghost," _Fantasy and Science Fiction_, 1962). Two of the stories, "Mr. Milton's Gift" and "The Miracle on Main Street," were reprinted in _Fantasy and Science Fiction_ in 1958 and 1960, respectively.
Two of the stories-- "Obstinate Uncle Otis" and "The Stamps for El Dorado"-- are Murchison Morks tales. Morks is a storyteller much in the vein of Jorgens or Harry Purvis.Read more ›
This is a collection that was published in 1963, containing ten tales that were first published in the years from 1940-1962. The title is a bit of a misnomer, since the majority of these are not in fact ghost stories. Rather, they're more generalised fantastic/spooky tales of the sort that would be perfectly in character if they had been adapted as episodes of the classic "Twilight Zone" television series.
Robert Arthur was a big part of my childhood, as he worked on several Alfred Hitchcock anthologies for young people, and he was also the author of the early entries in "The Three Investigators" mystery series that I liked so very much. The stories in this book are a lot of fun; creepy and slightly horrifying and comedic in turn. ("The Wonderful Day" really is marvellous!) This is a great introduction for juvenile readers to tales of the fantastic. If you should happen across a copy of this at a library sale or charity shop---or here on Amazon!---by all means pick it up and share it with any young people of your acquaintance. Recommended.
My copy is a slightly oversized hardcover with chapter heading illustrations by Irv Docktor. It has illustrated boards with a classic vintage spooky design that I find very appealing; I've uploaded photos of the front and back covers here on Amazon.
The lead story, "Footsteps Invisible," is a nice scary story with a rather surprising ending.
I bought this one largely on the basis of my foggy memory of "The Rose-Crystal Bell," which I had thought was a retelling of the classic "The Monkey's Paw."
It turned out to be pretty good, but lacking the truly chilling punch of the other story, which is a true masterwork to keep you up at night.
"The Wonderful Day" injects some real humor as a great "what if" story.
The other stories found here are also really good.
If you have a nostalgic streak, you can't go wrong here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had this book when I was a kid. I read it countless times and the stories are really good, some of them are still eerie to me as an adult. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Kent McSwain
I bought this book thinking that I had forgotten the title of a book similar to this one , that I had read as a child. Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by JUNEBUG51
A rose crystal bell that beckons the beyond...a lazy dreamer finds that his dreams become uncomfortably real and force him to work...
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Like the other reviewers here, I read this as a child, but never owned it. Years ago -- pre-Internet -- I did an extensive search for this out of print gem, but was unsuccessful. Read morePublished on October 25, 2007 by K. Peltier
When you read anything by Robert Arthur, remember that he wrote in the 1940's, and was commenting extensively--and incisively--on American society as well as on the myths and... Read morePublished on January 11, 2007 by Temlakos
I first encountered the short story, "The Marvelous Stamps of El Dorado" reprinted in my sixth-, seventh-, or eighth-grade reader, and it has been returning to my thoughts... Read morePublished on September 21, 2004 by James H. H. Lampert
This is a book I grew up with! It was given to me by a distant relative whom I haven't seen since the evening he gave me this copy of Ghosts and More Ghosts. Read morePublished on August 2, 2000 by Mike Howard