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Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories

door Audrey Niffenegger (Redacteur)

Andere auteurs: Ray Bradbury (Medewerker), A.M. Burrage (Medewerker), A.S. Byatt (Medewerker), Rebecca Curtis (Medewerker), Neil Gaiman (Medewerker)11 meer, Amy Giacalone (Medewerker), M.R. James (Medewerker), Rudyard Kipling (Medewerker), Kelly Link (Medewerker), Audrey Niffenegger (Artiest omslagafbeelding), Audrey Niffenegger (Medewerker), Oliver Onions (Medewerker), Edgar Allan Poe (Medewerker), Saki (Medewerker), Edith Wharton (Medewerker), P.G. Wodehouse (Medewerker)

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"Collected and introduced by the...author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry--including her own 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, [this book] 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"--… (meer)
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1-5 van 16 worden getoond (volgende | toon alle)
~ Laura - (1914) - short story by Saki
~ The Open Window - (1911) - short story by Saki
~ The Black Cat - (1843) - short story by Edgar Allan Poe
~ The July Ghost - (1982) - short story by A. S. Byatt
~ Honeysuckle Cottage - [Adrian Mulliner] - (1925) - novelette by P. G. Wodehouse
~ The Specialist's Hat - (1998) - short story by Kelly Link
~ August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains - (1950) - short story by Ray Bradbury
~ The Mezzotint - (1904) - short story by M. R. James
~ The Beckoning Fair One - (1911) - novella by Oliver Onions
~ Playmates - (1927) - novelette by A. M. Burrage
~ Pomegranate Seed - (1931) - novelette by Edith Wharton
~ They - (1904) - novelette by Rudyard Kipling
~ Click-Clack the Rattlebag - (2012) - short story by Neil Gaiman
~ Secret Life, With Cats - (2006) - short fiction by Audrey Niffenegger
~ Tiny Ghosts - short fiction by Amy Giacalone
~ The Pink House - (2014) - short fiction by Rebecca Curtis
  Seayla2020 | Jan 1, 2021 |
Wanted to time this for Halloween, but alas, there was a line at the library. Worth the wait even if it is out of season now. Audry Niffenegger edits this collection of short stories and has added some illustrations as well. The stories are a quirky group, but work together well. Different time periods are represented, but beyond that they are chosen because the author liked them "their intimacy, their off-kilter matter-of-factness and their vivid evocations of order disrupted, sudden awful knowledge, the human condition as cosmic joke." That comes through nicely in a story of a vengeful cat (Poe), Tiny Ghosts, in which a couple's home is overrun with tiny ghosts, not unlike mice, The Open Window, by Saki -- classic! and Ray Bradbury's ultimate haunted house -- one that lives on alone after the people are gone (annihilated by a nuclear bomb). Chilling comparison to today's technology. I don't like scary stories (books and esp. movies) but this collection is more thought-provoking than horrifying. Mostly it shows the mind's capacity to haunt itself. Most of the 16 stories fit into Niffenegger's designated categories: "houses, lovers, children, cats: things that are frequently haunted...they can be more frightening because they were once innocent and beloved." "Dead is the most alone you can be" she states in the first sentence of her intro. These stories let you explore that idea at a safe distance -- you're still alive if you're still reading. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
As with most collections of this sort, some of the stories I had read before and some were new to me. There is a mix of classics and contemporary, and I had previously read many of the classics, or at least they seemed familiar, so I enjoyed the contemporary stories more. Standouts were the stories by Audrey Niffenegger ("Secret Life, with Cats"), Kelly Link ("The Specialist's Hat"), Neil Gaiman ("Click-Clack the Rattlebag," a reread), and Rebecca Curtis ("The Pink House"). Of the classics, Ray Bradbury's story ("August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains") is still a beautiful read, and P. G. Wodehouse's story ("The Honeysuckle Cottage"), while dated, was hilarious. There really isn't a bad story in this collection, although I keep wishing that new anthologies wouldn't have so many repeats. Niffenegger's wonderful illustrations that precede each story make this a beautiful book to own. ( )
  sturlington | Oct 20, 2020 |
I'm usually not a fan of short stories but I truly loved this rather ghostly collection so artfully selected by one of my favourite authors, Audrey Niffenegger.

The real stand out story for me was "The Beckoning Fair One" by Oliver Onions, written in 1911. I'd honestly never heard of him before and enjoyed the story so very much. I'm glad Audrey could introduce him to me.

I also adored Audrey's own story "Secret Life, With Cats" as well as all of the artwork she made for each of the stories ❤️

I really loved this, it's well worth a read! ( )
  MandaTheStrange | Oct 7, 2020 |
Well curated collection of short stories from a mix of classic and contemporary authors. Each story includes an introduction and explanation of its inclusion as well as a beautiful illustration by Audrey Niffenegger.

Here is a full list of the stories featured:
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
August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury ( )
  hianbai | May 28, 2020 |
1-5 van 16 worden getoond (volgende | toon alle)
***** 5 out of 5 stars
Review by Mark Palm
Haunting Tales.

When reading an anthology my first most basic criteria is, how good are the stories, does the anthology have a theme, how well do the stories fit? If the anthology is edited by a writer, however, I look for something else as well; how the stories reflect the taste and style of the author. I have read some that were great, and some that were not, but it’s always interesting to see an author reflected in their choices. Judging from Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories, Audrey Niffenegger clearly knows what she is doing. Her choice of stories are spot-on, and vary a great deal, from established names to the relatively unknown, and they date from Poe, M.R. James and Rudyard Kipling, all the way up to Kelly Link and Neil Gaiman. Her introductions are concise, and her illustrations are a revelation, invoking classic artists like Edward Gorey and Gustave Klimt.

When it comes to the individual stories, I liked some better than others, but that is to be expected. I may face a scolding for saying this, but Poe’s The Black Cat was the only story I didn’t care for. I think Mr. Poe is generally overrated, and his tale added little to this collection, but reading The Mezzotint, by M.R. James, was wonderful. It’s not on the par with his classic “Oh Whistle, and I’ll Come To You My Lad”, but it still shows why he is a master of the form. They by Rudyard Kipling is a true classic, but is rather scarce on chills. Two offerings by Saki, and Edith Wharton’s Pomegranate Seed are very effective, and certainly show why their authors are justly renowned. Ms. Niffenegger’s contribution, Secret Life with Cats is full of black humor and horror, while Playmates, by A.M. Burrage is full of shadowy spectres. My two favorite stories were The Pink House by Rebecca Curtis, which was full of subtle creepiness, and Click-Clack the Rattlebag, a surgically precise piece of horror fiction by Neil Gaiman. This wonderful collection is brought to an appropriate end with August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains, a beautiful and sad story by the master, Ray Bradbury, about a haunted house of the future that updates Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” All in all Ms. Niffenegger showed that her editing skills, and her illustration skills, are every bit as good as her writing ones. She a rare triple-threat, and I look forward to her next work, whatever the medium.

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AuteursnaamRolType auteurWerk?Status
Niffenegger, AudreyRedacteurprimaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Bradbury, RayMedewerkerSecondaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Burrage, A.M.MedewerkerSecondaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Byatt, A.S.MedewerkerSecondaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Curtis, RebeccaMedewerkerSecondaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Gaiman, NeilMedewerkerSecondaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Giacalone, AmyMedewerkerSecondaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
James, M.R.MedewerkerSecondaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Kipling, RudyardMedewerkerSecondaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Link, KellyMedewerkerSecondaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Niffenegger, AudreyArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecondaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Niffenegger, AudreyMedewerkerSecondaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Onions, OliverMedewerkerSecondaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Poe, Edgar AllanMedewerkerSecondaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
SakiMedewerkerSecondaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Wharton, EdithMedewerkerSecondaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Wodehouse, P.G.MedewerkerSecondaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
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"Collected and introduced by the...author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry--including her own 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, [this book] 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"--

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