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Mrs GaskellSeaton s Aunt Walter de la MareThe stories varied in their complexity but all were niue I really liked The Ghost Ship and it was a story that stayed with me for a couple of days I will have to go back and re read The Trains as while I got the gist of the tale I really think I missed the subtlety that the author was trying to imply It was for me a great read as I brought me back to those younger days when I sed to read vast amounts of Poe and others of his ilk who were my first inspiration for wanting to write Another read from adolescence And Again An Collection again an eclectic collection the classic Suire Toby s Will to the bizarre LP Hartley s The Travelling Grave Highly enjoyable such a shame such anthologies do not seem to be published these days You just never know what you re going to find when you start cleaning off your horror shelves I d totally forgotten I even owned this book so imagine my great delight when I looked through the table of contents and saw these titles and these authorsThe Travelling Grave by LP HartleyThe Ghost Ship by Richard MiddletonSuire Toby s Will by J Sheridan Le FanuThe Voice in the Night by William Hope HodgsonThree Miles Up by Elizabeth Jane HowardThe Rocking horse Winner by DH LawrenceThe Wendigo by Algernon BlackwoodThe Crown Derby Plate by Marjorie BowenThe Trains by Robert AickmanThe Old Nurse s Story by Mrs GaskellSeaton s Aunt by Walter de la MareModern readers of horror may find these stories somewhat dated or perhaps not even scary but these stories are true classics in every sense of the word I m hard pressed to pick a favorite but Aickman s The Trains and Three Miles Up by Elizabeth Jane Howard totally rattled me I ve read The Trains a number of times it s a favorite and I m still scratching my head over that one Howard s work new to me wins my choice for creepiest story in this collection about some friends who decide to take a boat ride through England s canals Crikey here s another story where the ending left some pretty mind shattering and beyond disturbing implications in my head It was one of the creepiest tales. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu as by J Sheridan Le Fanu 70 • The Voice in the Night • 1907 • shortstory by William Hope Hodgson 82 • Three Miles Up • 1951 • shortstory by Elizabeth Jane Howard 100 • The Rocking Horse Winner • 1926 • shortstory by D H Lawrence 115 • The Wendigo • 1910. ,

This anthology series spanning 1972 to 1984 is comprised of twenty books each containing ten to fourteen stories so Robert Aickman the is comprised of twenty books each containing ten to fourteen stories so Robert Aickman the of the first eight volumes wasn t doing it much of a service when he began his introduction to this initial collection with the following sentence There are only about or forty first class ghost stories in the whole of western literature Nice one Bob You re fired And the eleven tales selected for this initial volume are taken from that list of thirty or forty then it further demonstrates Aickman s lack of judgement because these are all dusty old relics from the likes of William Hope Hodgson Algernon Blackwood Walter de la Mare and Mrs Gaskell gathered here at the expense of any contemporary material circa 72 So all in all a very bad start for a series that had to compete with the overwhelmingly superior PAN BOOK OF HORROR STORIES Incidentally there s no great improvement ntil the ninth collection onwards after Aickman s departure Robert Aickman was a fascinating writer his own story The Trains is the best one in this collection but he wasn t the greatest of selectors There are only three here out of eleven which I would rate good to very good Sheridan LeFanu s much anthologised Suire of eleven which I would rate good to very good Sheridan LeFanu s much anthologised Suire s Will a man wrongly inherits a house and faces hauntings for his trouble Elizabeth Jane Howard s Three Miles Up a good atmospheric and well characterised tale of a group of young people on a boat travelling The Bellringers Bedside Companion up a route that s not on their map and finally Aickman s own The Trains mysterious in both character and situation story of two young women hikers who endp in a house with a very odd old man not sure about the end mind youOf the others I d say there are four ok and four poor ones The book has the following short storiesThe Travelling Grave LP HartleyThe Ghost Ship R MiddletonSuire Toby s Will J Sheridan le FanuThe Voice in the Night William Hope HodgsonThree Miles Up Elizabeth Jane HowardThe Rocking Horse Winner DH LawrenceThe Wendigo Algernon BlackwoodThe Crown Derby Plate Marjorie BowenThe Trains Robert AickmanThe Old Nurse s Story. 7 • Introduction The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories • 1964 • essay by Robert Aickman 11 • The Travelling Grave • 1929 • novelette by L P Hartley 31 • The Ghost Ship • 1912 • shortstory by Richard Middleton aka The Ghost Ship 41 • Suire Toby's Will • 1868 • novelette by. ,
In the entire collection Memo to self I MUST find of Howard s ghost stories Also new to me are The Voice in the Night The Old Nurse s Story and The Crown Derby Plate I don t know that I d classify Hodgson s piece as a ghost story per se but it s an incredibly disturbing little tale Seaton s Aunt The Rocking horse Winner Suire Toby s Will and The Wendigo are old true blue favorites although they are rereads they still have an incredible amount of creep factor that produces the familiar and greatly desired raising o the hackles hair on my neck Less personally appealing but still good although neither wowed me were The Travelling Grave and The Ghost SHIP I HAVE TO CONFESS THAT I have to confess that d never heard of Richard Middleton before picking 50 Years of Documenta 1955-2005 up this book and even though I wasn t overcome with delight while reading his piece it did make me want to find out about him and his other work So I bought a copy of his The Ghost Ship and Others apparently he s alsoite well known for a story called On the Brighton Road so I m sure I ll be posting about that collection in the near future Aickman notes in the introduction that There are only thirty or forty first class ghost stories in the whole of western literature without saying which ones but if the Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories is any judge of what he considers first class I m eager to move on through all eight of this series of books he edited before Ronald Chetwynd Hayes took over As someone who loves a great ghost story especially the classics I d say that this book is definitely a must have for anyone who is even remotely interested Enjoy the sh The Fontana Books of Great Ghost Stories were favourites of mine as an adolescent However I had never read the first mine as an adolescent However I had never read the first the series ntil now It was a little disappointing as I found some stories to be indifferent and a couple I skipped altogether Notwithstanding this it was pleasant to revisit a series that always sed to mark the end of a school term as our English teacher would forego the lesson in favour of reading a ghost story in his rich baritone voice I can hear him to this day. • novella by Algernon Blackwood 160 • The Crown Derby Plate • 1933 • shortstory by Marjorie Bowen 172 • The Trains • 1951 • novelette by Robert Aickman 209 • The Old Nurse's Story • 1852 • novelette by Mrs Gaskell 229 • Seaton's Aunt • 1922 • novelette by Walter de la Mar.

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