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Ghosts are the true immortals, and the dead grow more alive all the time. Wraiths have a 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. Even a Lodge in any vast wilderness would have the company of spirits. Man's love for the supernatural, which is one of the most natural things about him, was never more marked than at present. You may go a-ghosting in any company to-day, and all aspects of literature, novels, short stories, poetry, and drama alike, reflect the shadeless spirit. The latest census of the haunting world shows a vast increase in population, which might be explained on various grounds. Life is so inconveniently complex nowadays, what with income taxes and other visitations of government, that it is hard for us to have the added risk of wraiths, but there's no escaping. Many persons of to-day are in the same mental state as one Mr. Boggs, told of in a magazine story, a rural gentleman who was agitated over spectral visitants. He had once talked at a séance with a speaker who claimed to be the spirit of his brother, Wesley Boggs, but who conversed only on blue suspenders, a subject not of vital interest to Wesley in the flesh. "Still," Mr. Boggs reflected, "I'm not so darn sure!" In answer to a suggestion regarding subliminal consciousness and dual personality as explanation of the strange things that come bolting into life, he said, "It's crawly any way you look at it. Ghosts inside you are as bad as ghosts outside you." There are others to-day who are "not so darn sure!"...
Originally published in 1921, this is an anthology of famous and chilling ghost stories compiled by Dorothy Scarborough. She was a lecturer in English for Columbia University, as well as author who producing such notable works as “The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction” and “From a Southern Porch”. Scarborough was also a keen anthologist and authorised such horror greats as Algernon Blackwood, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Robert W. Chambers, Anatole France, Fitz-James O'Brien, Ambrose Bierce, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Machen, and Guy de Maupassant. This collection of supernatural tales will appeal to all lovers of the genre, and is not to be missed by collectors of vintage ghost stories and related work. Emily Dorothy Scarborough (1878 – 1935) was an American writer famous for her work related to Texas, folk culture, cotton farming, ghost stories and women's life in the Southwest. Other notable works by this author include: “Fugitive Verses” (1912), “From a Southern Porch” (1919), and “The Wind” (1925). Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author.
Famous Modern Ghost Stories by Leonid Nikolayevich Andreyev INTRODUCTION Ghosts are the true immortals, and the dead grow more alive all the time. Wraiths have a 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. Even a Lodge in any vast wilderness would have the company of spirits. Man's love for the supernatural, which is one of the most natural things about him, was never more marked than at present. You may go a-ghosting in any company to-day, and all aspects of literature, novels, short stories, poetry, and drama alike, reflect the shadeless spirit. We are delighted to publish this classic book as part of our extensive Classic Library collection. Many of the books in our collection have been out of print for decades, and therefore have not been accessible to the general public. The aim of our publishing program is to facilitate rapid access to this vast reservoir of literature, and our view is that this is a significant literary work, which deserves to be brought back into print after many decades. The contents of the vast majority of titles in the Classic Library have been scanned from the original works. To ensure a high quality product, each title has been meticulously hand curated by our staff. Our philosophy has been guided by a desire to provide the reader with a book that is as close as possible to ownership of the original work. We hope that you will enjoy this wonderful classic work, and that for you it becomes an enriching experience.
Contains the following stories: 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 By Guy de Maupassant.

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