9781512359343: Humorous Ghost Stories
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An anthology of witty and superb tales of the macabre.

“Think what a solemn creature the Gothic ghost was! How little originality and initiative he showed and how dependent he was on his own atmosphere for thrills! His sole appeal was to the spinal column. The ghost of to-day touches the funny bone as well. He adds new horrors to being haunted, but new pleasures also. The modern specter can be a joyous creature on occasion, as he can be, when he wishes, fearsome beyond the dreams of classic or Gothic revenant. He has a keen sense of humor and loves a good joke on a mortal, while he can even enjoy one on himself.” Dorothy Scarborough

Ghosts get the tongue-in-cheek treatment in some very witty tales: "The Canterville Ghost" by Oscar Wilde, "The Third Person" by Henry James," "The Ghost Ship" by Richard Middleton, and "The Transferred Ghost" by Frank R. Stockton as well as many, many more! Ominously clever, witty and humorous, Humorous Ghost Stories has been a favorite since its original publication in 1921, and readers who don't usually care for ghost stories will find that they can't put it down.

CONTENTS

Introduction: The Humorous Ghost

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

The Ghost-Extinguisher by Gelett Burgess

“Dey Ain't No Ghosts” by Ellis Parker Butler

The Transferred Ghost by Frank R. Stockton

The Mummy's Foot by Théophile Gautier

The Rival Ghosts by Brander Matthews

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall by John Kendrick Bangs

Back from that Bourne Anonymous

The Ghost-Ship by Richard Middleton

The Transplanted Ghost by Wallace Irwin

The Last Ghost in Harmony by Nelson Lloyd

The Ghost of Miser Brimpson by Eden Phillpotts

The Haunted Photograph by Ruth McEnery Stuart

The Ghost that Got the Button by Will Adams

The Specter Bridegroom by Washington Irving

The Specter of Tappington Compiled by Richard Barham

In the Barn by Burges Johnson

A Shady Plot by Elsie Brown

The Lady and the Ghost by Rose Cecil O'Neill

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Dorothy Scarborough, PH.D. LECTURER IN ENGLISH, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY AUTHOR OF "THE SUPERNATURAL IN MODERN ENGLISH FICTION," "FUGITIVE VERSES," "FROM A SOUTHERN PORCH," ETC. COMPILER OF "FAMOUS MODERN GHOST STORIES"

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