Interest in supernatural phenomena was high during Charles Dickens' lifetime. He had always loved a good ghost story himself, particularly at Christmas time, and was open-minded, willing to accept, and indeed put to the test, the existence of spirits.
His natural inclinations toward drama and the macabre made him a brilliant teller of ghost tales, and in the twenty stories presented here, which include his celebrated A Christmas Carol, the full range of his gothic talents can be seen.
Chilling as some of these stories are, Dickens has managed to inject characteristically grotesque comedy as he writes of revenge, insanity, pre-cognition and dream visions, he indulges also in some debunking of contemporary credulity.
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 211 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm
Edition: New edition
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“Good solid value...”
To be frank and to start off with the bad news - despite the volume's title - it does not include all the ghost stories of Dickens. It does however contain 20 out of the total 34 short stories and novellas listed... More
“A chilling Christmas companion”
Having begun to read this collection last December, I resumed this Yuletide, as Dickens’s ghost stories as the title of one printed here demand ‘To Be Read at Dusk’, ideally at Christmas before an open fire.
this is mr dickens at his best over his working life,always preferred his ghost stories to his other works,the best stories in this collection is the signalman,looked over my shoulder once or twice when reading this... More
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