Audrey Niffenegger

Ghostly : A Collection of Ghost Stories

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"Edited by the beloved, bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, this anthology features works by some of the most revered ghost story writers of both past and present. From Edgar Allen Poe to Kelly Link, M.R. James to Neil Gaiman, it comprises a whole history of the form in English from Gothic horror to the modern era. With short original commentary and illustrations by a master of the craft and beloved graphic novelist introducing each story, as well as one new tale of her own, Ghostly is a unique and haunting anthology of some of the best ghost stories of all time"--

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"Edited by the beloved, bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, this anthology features works by some of the most revered ghost story writers of both past and present. From Edgar Allen Poe to Kelly Link, M.R. James to Neil Gaiman, it comprises a whole history of the form in English from Gothic horror to the modern era. With short original commentary and illustrations by a master of the craft and beloved graphic novelist introducing each story, as well as one new tale of her own, Ghostly is a unique and haunting anthology of some of the best ghost stories of all time"--Collected and introduced by the bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry—including her own fabulous new illustrations for each piece, and a new story by Niffenegger—this is a unique and haunting anthology of some of the best ghost stories of all time.

From Edgar Allen Poe to Kelly Link, M.R. James to Neil Gaiman, H. H. Munro to Audrey Niffenegger herself, Ghostly reveals the evolution of the ghost story genre with tales going back to the eighteenth century and into the modern era, ranging across styles from Gothic Horror to Victorian, with a particular bent toward stories about haunting—haunted children, animals, houses. Every story is introduced by Audrey Niffenegger, an acclaimed master of the craft, with some words on its background and why she chose to include it. Niffenegger’s own story is, “A Secret Life With Cats.”

Perfect for the classic and contemporary ghost story aficionado, this is a delightful volume, beautifully illustrated. Ghostly showcases the best of the best in the field, including Edith Wharton, P.G. Wodehouse, A.S. Byatt, Ray Bradbury, and so many more.

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Publisher
Scribner
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
464
Author
Audrey Niffenegger
Title
Ghostly
ISBN-13
9781501111198
Publication Date
October, 2015
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.60 Inches
ISBN-10
1501111191

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A nicely varied collec...

A nicely varied collection of ghost stories. Stories include "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe, "Secret Life, with Cats" by Audrey Niffenegger, "Pomegranate Seed" by Edith Wharton, "The Beckoning Fair One" by Oliver Onions, "The Mezzotint" by M. R. James, "Honeysuckle Cottage" by P. G. Wodehouse, "Click-Clack the Rattlebag" by Neil Gaiman, "They" by Rudyard Kipling, "Playmates" by A. M. Burrage, "The July Ghost" by A. S. Byatt, "Laura" by Saki, "The Open Window" by Saki, "The Specialist's Hat" by Kelly Link, "Tiny Ghosts" by Amy Giacalone, "The Pink House" by Rebecca Curtis, and "August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury. My least favorite was "The Specialist's Hat" because snakes were overplayed. I also didn't really enjoy "The Pink House." My favorites were "The Black Cat," "Secret Life, with Cats," "The Mezzotint," and "Playmates."

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3.5 a collection of gh...

3.5 a collection of ghost stories ranging from a few new ones back to Poe and Bradbury. Poe's story was one of my favorites though I had read it before. Another favorite was Honeysuckle Cottage, just loved the quirkiness of that one. Garman.so story provided a little shiver but for the most part none of these were very scary but all were good. Interesting so see what stories are chosen for a widespread collection like this one. A little something for everyone. ARC from NetGalley.

Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars

A special thank you to...

A special thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I love Audrey Niffenegger's earlier work so I thought this one would be a slam-dunk. Who doesn't love a good ghost story? The collection is a bit on the ecclecic side, ranging from modern day to classic with a twist of contemporary. The stories are more on the traditional side of a ghost story versus the creepy kind that keep you up at night. All-in-all, a fun read, perfect for this time of year. I do wish the author had included more of her work because I think her writing speaks for itself. That being said, I enjoyed her introductions to each story and the illustrations, they were a perfect companion to the featured stories.


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