Famous modern ghost stories (1921) PDF book collected by Dorothy Scarborough

Famous modern ghost stories

Famous modern ghost stories




In this volume, Dr. Scarborough has collected the best of the distinctive types of modern ghost stories. Humorous stories have been excluded because of the author's companion volume Humorous Ghost Stories. The following authors have represented: Algernon Blackwood, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Robert W. Chambers, Leonid Andreyev, W. F. Harvey, Anatole France, Fitz-James O'Brien, Ambrose Bierce, Olivia Howard Dunbar, Wilbur Daniel Steele, Myla Jo Closser, Edgar Allan Foe, Richard he Gallienne, Arthur Machen and Guy de Maupassant. As Dr. Scarborough points out in her introduction, some readers will think of stories which perhaps should have been included but critics will see the manifest impossibility of bringing together in one volume all the famous examples of the art.

Excerpt 
Ghosts are the true immortals, and the dead grow more alive all the time. Wraiths have greater vitality to-day than ever before. 
They are far more numerous than at any time in the past, and people are more interested in them. There are persons that claim to be acquainted with specific spirits, to speak with them, to carry on correspondence with them, and even some who insist that they are private secretaries to the dead. Others of us mortals, more reserved, are content to keep such distance as we may from even the shadow of a shade. But there's no getting away from ghosts nowadays, for even if you shut your eyes to them in actual life, you stumble over them in the books you read, you see them on the stage and on the screen, and you hear them on the lecture platform.

Content of the book:

The Willows
By Algernon Blackwood

The Shadows on the Wall 
By Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

The Messenger 
By Robert W. Chambers

Lazarus 
By Leonid Andreyev

The Beast with Five Fingers 
By W. F. Harvey

The Mass of Shadows 
By Anatole France

What Was It? 
By Fitz-James O'Brien

the Middle Toe of the Right Foot.
By Ambrose Bierce

The Shell of Sense 
By Olivia Howard Dunbar

The Woman at Seven Brothers 
By Wilbur Daniel Steele

At the Gate
By Myla Jo Closser

Ligeia 
By Edgar Allan Poe

The Haunted Orchard.
By Richard Le Gallienne

The Bowmen
By Arthur Machen

A Ghost in
By Guy de Maupassant

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