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The Best Ghost Stories   By: (1880-1936)

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The Modern Library of the World's Best Books

THE BEST GHOST STORIES

Introduction by Arthur B. Reeve

The Modern Library Publishers New York Copyright, 1919, by Boni & Liveright, Inc. Manufactured in the United States of America by H. Wolff

CONTENTS

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INTRODUCTION "THE FASCINATION OF THE GHOST STORY" Arthur B. Reeve vii

THE APPARITION OF MRS. VEAL Daniel De Foe 3

CANON ALBERIC'S SCRAP BOOK Montague Rhodes James 18

THE HAUNTED AND THE HAUNTERS Edward Bulwer Lytton 31

THE SILENT WOMAN Leopold Kompert 60

BANSHEES 79

THE MAN WHO WENT TOO FAR E.F. Benson 85

THE WOMAN'S GHOST STORY Algernon Blackwood 108

THE PHANTOM RICKSHAW Rudyard Kipling 118

THE RIVAL GHOSTS Brander Matthews 141

THE DAMNED THING Ambrose Bierce 160

THE INTERVAL Vincent O'Sullivan 170

DEY AIN'T NO GHOSTS Ellis Parker Butler 177

SOME REAL AMERICAN GHOSTS 188

INTRODUCTION

THE FASCINATION OF THE GHOST STORY

ARTHUR B. REEVE

What is the fascination we feel for the mystery of the ghost story?

Is it of the same nature as the fascination which we feel for the mystery of the detective story?

Of the latter fascination, the late Paul Armstrong used to say that it was because we are all as full of crime as Sing Sing only we don't dare.

Thus, may I ask, are we not fascinated by the ghost story because, no matter what may be the scientific or skeptical bent of our minds, in our inmost souls, secretly perhaps, we are as full of superstition as an obeah man only we don't let it loose?

Who shall say that he is able to fling off lightly the inheritance of countless ages of superstition? Is there not a streak of superstition in us all? We laugh at the voodoo worshiper then create our own hoodooes, our pet obsessions.

It has been said that man is incurably religious, that if all religions were blotted out, man would create a new religion.

Man is incurably fascinated by the mysterious. If all the ghost stories of the ages were blotted out, man would invent new ones.

For, do we not all stand in awe of that which we cannot explain, of that which, if it be not in our own experience, is certainly recorded in the experience of others, of that of which we know and can know nothing?

Skeptical though one may be of the occult, he must needs be interested in things that others believe to be objective that certainly are subjectively very real to them.

The ghost story is not born of science, nor even of super science, whatever that may be. It is not of science at all. It is of another sphere, despite all that the psychic researchers have tried to demonstrate.

There are in life two sorts of people who, for want of a better classification, I may call the psychic and the non psychic. If I ask the psychic to close his eyes and I say to him, "Horse," he immediately visualizes a horse. The other, non psychic, does not. I rather incline to believe that it is the former class who see ghosts, or rather some of them. The latter do not though they share interest in them... Continue reading book >>




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