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Ghosts and more ghosts (A Windward book) Paperback – 1972

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Product Details

  • 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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By Raja Thiagarajan on July 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I discovered this book when I was the perfect age for it, and I *still* enjoy it today. It's a collection of ten stories about ghosts and the supernatural with a little fantasy and science fiction (i.e., Time Travel) thrown in. Some of the stories are scary ("Footsteps Invisible", "The Rose-Crystal Bell") while others are funny ("Mr. Milton's Gift", "Don't Be a Goose") and yet others are best described as wistful ("The Wonderful Day", "The Marvelous Stamps from El Dorado"). This was one of my favorite books as a kid, and I still think it's very good.
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Format: Hardcover
I read this in 1974, in fourth grade, and the stories still give me the willies today! With the success of the Goosebumps series, and Robert Arthur's "Three Investigators" still in print, I am baffled as to why this is out of print. I guess that just makes it more of a treasure if you can find it! The moody illustrations added nicely to the macabre tone of the book - many fine, small details to pore over. Mr Arthur's writing reads much like an old time radio play would, which is not surprising...he wrote several scripts for the "Suspense" radio show towards the end of its' run. Also, if you like this book, try "Mystery and More Mystery" by the same author.
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Format: Paperback
I am a storyteller. I attend storytelling conventions and meetings here in Chattanooga, Tennessee and also in Georgia and Kentucky. I believe that storytelling is one of the last faint hopes of civilization, an antidote to much of the pap on television and the movies. I sometimes tell stories to children in churches, schools, and libraries. When I select stories for children, I look for two characteristics. They must be interesting, and they must be fairly family- friendly. It is not easy finding stories that have both characteristics.

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.
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In the spirit of the season, I'm pulling many of my spooky books from the shelves for a bit of re-reading. The featured volume tonight is "Ghosts and More Ghosts" by Robert Arthur.

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.
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I read many of these stories in other compilations when I was but a wee lad, and I really enjoyed picking up this anthology, over thirty years hence.
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.
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