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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.
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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