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by Neil Gaiman,Elizabeth Hand,Caitlin R. Kiernan,Joe R. Lansdale,Tim Powers,John Shirley,Peter Straub,Maureen McHugh,Paula Guran

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The spirits of the dead have walked among our legends, myths, and stories since before recorded history. Ghostly visitations, hauntings, unquiet souls seeking the living, vengeful wraiths, the possibility of life beyond the grave that can somehow reach out and touch us are some of literature’s most enduring icons. Now, in the twenty-first century, we are no less fascinated with phantoms than our cave-dwelling ancestors or our Victorian-age forebears. Thirty modern masters of fright and fantasy fill this anthology with shivers, chills, and spooky explorations of both sides of the veil. Be prepared to keep a light on all night!

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Neil Gaiman was born in Portchester, England on November 10, 1960. He worked as a journalist and freelance writer for a time, before deciding to try his hand at comic books. Some of his work has appeared in publications such as Time Out, The Sunday Times, Punch, and The Observer. His first comic endeavor was the graphic novel series The Sandman.

Introduction: Back to the Dark by Paula Guran. Lesser Demons by Norman Partridge. Raise Your Hand If You’re Dead by John Shirley

Cover art by Ivan Bliznetsov/Fotolia. Cover design by Telegraphy Harness. Introduction: Back to the Dark by Paula Guran. Raise Your Hand If You’re Dead by John Shirley. As Red as Red by Caitlín R. Kiernan. Tragic Life Stories by Steve Duffy. The Naturalist by Maureen McHugh.

Ghosts: Recent Hauntings. Ghosts: Recent Hauntings is one of the better horror collections I've read in the past few years. Graham Jones: Uncle (original) Caitlin R. Kiernan: Apokatastasis Marc Laidlaw: Cell Call Margo Lanagan: The Proving of Smollett Standforth John Langan: The Third Always Beside You Joe R. Lansdale: The Case of the Lighthouse Shambler Maureen F. McHugh: Ancestor Money Sarah Monette: The Watcher in the Corners Reggie Oliver: Mrs Midnight Richard Parks: The Plum Blossom Lantern James van Pelt: Savannah is Six.

Peter Straub (author), Elizabeth Hand (author), Caitlin R. Kiernan (author), Maureen McHugh (author), Tim Powers .

Ghostly visitations, hauntings, unquiet souls seeking the living, vengeful wraiths, the possibility of life beyond the grave that can somehow reach out and touch us are some of literature's most enduring icons. Now, in the twenty-first century, we are no less fascinated with phantoms than our cave-dwelling ancestors or our Victorian-age forebears.

by Neil Gaiman (Author), Caitlin Kiernan (Author), Joe R. Lansdale . I have read both Langan and Gaiman before and was happy to see their usual high form

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by Paula Guran · Stephen Gallagher · Elizabeth Hand · Glen Hirshberg · Alaya Dawn Johnson · Stephen Graham Jones · Caitlín R. Kiernan · Marc Laidlaw · Margo Lanagan · Joe R. Lansdale · Maureen F. McHugh · Sarah Monette · Reggie Oliver · Richard Parks · James Van Pelt. McHugh · Sarah Monette · Reggie Oliver · Richard Parks · James Van Pelt · Tim Powers · Barbara Roden · Ekaterina Sedia · Nisi Shawl · John Shirley · Peter Atkins · Peter Straub · Melanie Tem · Steve Rasnic Tem · Rick Bowes · Laird Barron · Steve Duffy · Jeffrey. Ford · Karen Joy Fowler · Neil Gaiman · John Langan. The spirits of the dead have walked among our legends, myths,.

Talk about Ghosts: Recent Hauntings


Clonanau
It's always so hard to rate anthologies because what stories appeal to me might not appeal to you and vice versa. However, I gave this one a 4 because there were far more stories in it that I liked than not. And more than a few I loved. There were only 3 that absolutely did not like.
There may be spoilers ahead:
The first was the one with the lake. What knd of twit mom sends her six year old out on a raft with no supervision!
The second was Caitlin R. Kiernan's story 'Apokostasis' (I think that was the name). Now don't get me wrong. I think her writing is amazing but a lot of them are so abstruse I don't know what in the hell is going on. Reading her is like being led on a long, dark, beautiful path and then being left stranded. Maybe it's me and I am just a moron but if anyone has any idea just what in the hell this story was supposed to be about leave me a comment and let me know. Because I sincerely have no clue.

Which brings me to the story by Laird Barron. Easily the worst story in the bunch to me. Besides being overly long for a short story it is also long, rambling and really not very ghostly in the end, it also has the dubious honour of having ripped off pieces of the plot of a video game called Fatal Frame 3: The Tormented. I am usually hesitant to call 'rip-off' on anyone but the game was out way before the short story (it was released around 2004ish for the Playstation 2, and is a great game from an awesome series I might add).
Some of the convoluted plot points reminded me distinctly of it:
LB: The house of dreams where you follow the dead
FF: The Manor of Sleep (which is referred to several times as the house of sleep and house of dreams)
LB: Grieving widow keeps seeing husband and son who died in plane crash
FF: One of the people you meet in The Manor of Sleep is a sole survivor from a plane crash where her family died.
LB: The main character describes the death of a woman who was reduced to a human shaped sludge outline
FF: The victims of The Manor of Sleep disappear in a human-shaped ash outline.

To me that is just too many similarities and I got very annoyed with the story. I tried looking up other references to the house of dreams/manor of sleep and Fatal Frame was the only direct reference.
End of spoilers.

The rest of the stories were the usual mix of some good, some bad and others were great. Although, I do have to fault the editor for including stories where the ghosts seemed more 'mental' than spiritual.
Raelin
Guran has assembled an interesting collection of ghostly tales for the 21st century. From her Introduction, she writes "I literary terms, a "ghost story" need not always have a specter in it. Supernatural elements are central to plot, theme, and character development; a certain atmosphere is evoked - but true phantoms need not be present".

I prefer my ghosts to be malevolent - perhaps along the lines of Hartley's "A Visitor from Down Under". And generally, at least in this collection, this is not the case. This is not to suggest, of course, that this collection doesn't have some excellent tales - among them "The Watcher in the Corners" (Monette), "Uncle" (Graham-Jones), and "Rags and Bone Men" (Duffy). Lansdale's "The Case of the Lighthouse Shambler" is not to be missed -

However, to counterbalance the good tales, there are also the dull or uninteresting ones - "The Trentino Kid", "Wonderwall", "Booth's Ghost", and Straub's "Mr. Aickman's Air Rifle". Although I've been a fan of Straub's work since his earliest novels, and his collaboration wit Stephen King, I must confess I have NO idea what "Mr Aickman" was about.

An interesting collection, however, not one that will stay with you on those long, cold, winter nights...
Cozius
Is there anything more satisfying than a literary ghost story? Since discovering James's TURN OF THE SCREW, I've been an addict. These are terrific, selected with an eye as much for beautiful writing as for the theme of contemporary paranormal tales. A page-turner, and not to be missed if you love ghost stories or even just the short form in any genre.
I am hcv men
These stories weren't quite as good as I was hoping for but still a good read nonetheless. All but one were new to me which is always nice.
Cargahibe
I love all of Neil Gaiman's books. They are scary and so interesting at the same time. He tells a very detail story
in a short and interesting manner. I love all his books and highly recommend them. They are interesting, scary,
and delightful. Mary
Steelrunner
I was very disappointed in this book. I thought I was getting a book about people who had experienced real hauntings. It turns out that this is just a book of ghost stories. The stories didn't even hold my interest as I didn't think they were that good. I read about half of it and put it on the shelf until I am hard up for something to read.
Tetaian
The book, liken any of my favorites, is a collection of short stories. Paula Guran has put a great amount of effort into bringing in some chilling tales. I highly enjoyed the book and found each story compelling and exciting. I would suggest this to anyone who may get a copy.
One word, Meh.

GHOSTS was mildly entertaining. There were a couple stories that stand out like The Lighthouse Shambler, Apokatastasis and a couple more I can't recall the titles to.. But none of these were "scary" per se they are more like tales traded around a dinner table of an evening. I guess I was expecting more? The story OCTOBER IN THE CHAIR, by Neil Gaiman where the months gather to exchange stories was original and entertaining. I think it was the only one where I genuinely wanted to know what happened next.

If you are looking for chills and leave the light on kind of stories look elsewhere. The stories are, however, entertaining in a non scary aspect.