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I have the two M.R. James books + the Washington Irving in my own Halloween reading pile. I can't wait until the weather cools down. Hooray for autumnal reading, the best kind there is!


The Sophy Mason story sounds really interesting. I have only recently gotten to know E.M. Delafield but I really like her style of writing. Thanks for making me aware of Sophy Mason.


I defy you to read one or two stories by M.R. James and not wish to read more. LOL. I have the Oxford book of Victorian Ghost Stories and tend to think of it as the definitive book of my ghost story collection. It really is that good. Happy ghost story reading!


The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories is calling me from your wonderful pile. That would be great RIP reading!


Have you read The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton? I think you might enjoy them, too.



I got M.R. James here too. I think I read one or two of the stories. I realised that I have quite a few ghost/paranormal collections actually. One by Joyce Carol Oates. That woman has touched everything. No wonder she also wrote ghost stories. Was also tempted to read Gaiman for RIP but thought the challenge was also meant to introduce each other to new authors hence my choice.

Kathleen Pizzo

I love ghost stories so will have to check some of these out. Thanks for the great recommendations.


Joanna--Autumn is my favorite time of year (followed closely by spring) and I love books that fit in with the season, too.
Willa--I've only read Diary of a Provincial Lady, which was wonderful. I was a little surprised to see a story by her in an anthology like this, but it fit in well with the theme!
Cath--I think it would be fun to read all the stories in order in the two collections. Maybe I will end up doing so! :) I read a few stories from the Victorian anthology last year and will read a few more this year--it seems like a great collection.
Frances--It is edited by Michael Cox and I think he was a bit of an expert on the period, so I expect he choose lots of good works--I'd like to read them all eventually but I tend to meander in these sorts of anthologies.
Tiina--I've only read one of her stories. I think there must be one or two stories in some of these collections so will have to read another this year.
Caroline--Joyce Carol Oates is wonderful when it comes to writing unnerving stories--and books. I've only read a very little bit of her work but I''ve liked what I've read. I've only read a couple of Gaiman books as well--I listed to him reading Coraline, which is one of the best audio books I have ever listened to! I should have chosen more outside my comfort zone--as I have read a lot by Wilkie Collins and love his work, but maybe I will try and be more adventurous when choosing short stories.
Kahtleen--I love a good ghost story, too. I wouldn't mind finding a few more collections, but that is me being greedy!


I have tried to get Delafield for over a year. In this part of the world this is proving to be impossible!


What a great collection of stories to choose from and by the sound of it you are off to a great start!


I've dipped into those Manguel collections myself: there are some great tales therein. Over the weekend I read Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" which was creepier than I'd expected: funny how we so often miss classic short stories (especially spooky ones).


If I were standing right in front of you I would be Elaine and you would be Kramer. Then I would push you and say 'GET...OUT!'. That is some seriously fabulous reading there, Danielle and then you throw in the EM Delafield...sheesh.

Dorothy W.

I haven't signed up for this challenge, but the lists people put together do tempt me! Manguel's name pops up just about everywhere it seems -- I had no idea he'd edited books of "fantastic literature."


Mystica--I think I found my copy of The Provincial Lady at a library sale. Can you borrow it from a library at least? She is well worth reading if you can manage to find a copy!
Stefanie--I have lots to choose from and am sure I will find some really good ones--and I might do a little rereading, too.
Buried in Print--My library had one of the collections so I bought it home but when I saw what a good selection of stories I decided I had to have them. I read a few Poe stories--I love The Cask of Amontillado--it's a favorite--I haven't read The Pit and the Pendulum--will add it to my list! Poe is good in any case, and I have also missed a lot of these stories, too.
Darlene--That's too funny--and I can totally imagine it, too. I'm completely spoiled for choice, aren't I? And when I saw EM Delafield in the table of contents I knew I wanted to read her first!
Dorothy--I have sort of given up on challenges, but this is one I think I can usually do (and usually have books in mind that I've been wanting to read). I was excited when I saw who edited the Blackwater collections. He seems to know quite a lot about literature--but a wide range of literature!

Graeme Truelove

I don't think EM Delafield's real name was Eleanor Dashwood - it was Edme De la Pasture. She married a Dashwood, though, and her daughter (author of the derivative-but-enjoyable "The Provincial Daughter") was a Dashwood - R.M. Dashwood.


I wonder where I pulled that from?! Many thanks for the clarification and correction. I knew she had a daughter however that was a Dashwood!

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