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Ghosts have always haunted the pages of literature and the more man knows about the natural world the more he seems to crave stories about the supernatural. Ghosts sweep, flutter haunt and scare. They come in all shapes sizes and temperaments. This collection contains the following stories. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood, The Shadows on the Wall by Mary Freeman, The Messenger by Robert Chambers, Lazarus by Leonid Andreyev, The Beast with the Five fingers by W F Harvey, The Mass of Shadows by Anatole France, What Was It? By Fits-­James O'Brien, The Middle Toe of the Right Foot by Ambroise Bierce, The Shell of Sense by Olivia Dunbar, The Woman at Seven Brothers by Wilbur Steele, At the Gate by Myla Closser, Ligeia by Edgar Allen Poe, The Haunted Orchard by Richard Le Gallienne, The Bowmen by Arthur Machen, and A Ghost by Buy De Maupassant.

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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

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