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Liz F

The more you write about this book of ghost stories, the more I think that I will have to buy a copy!
Perhaps not this year as I have already bought the compilation of 20th Century stories including Marghanita Laski's The Tower but it will definitely stay on my list.
Still working through Women and Ghosts by Alison Lurie - it is in my bag for if I get stuck while travelling hence why I am not getting through it very fast - but the stories are intriguing!

catharina

Only three more weekends to go? Then it is definitely time for me to start reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, I just keep postponing it. This is a genre so unusual for me and even the word creepy sounds just scary.

Stefanie

Oh that sounds a little creepy since you can't really know if Harry is real or truly imaginary. It's the stories like that where you just aren't sure that get me the most!

Caroline

That's so interesting because I'm participating in the Graveyard Book readalong and there is the chapter in which Bod meets Scarlett an her parents think he's an imaginary friend. Gaiman plays with all these ideas in such an uncanny way.
I've never heard of this author before.

Danielle

I want to own a copy, too, and have been contemplating ordering it, but I think I'd best just add it to my wishlist and keep reading the library copy for now. It's got lots of stories I'd like to read, however, so I bet I'll cave in eventually. Have you read the Laski yet? It's fairly short--I might have to reread it just for 'fun'. And the Lurie remains in my pile--it may be 'ghost stories' but I think they really can be read any time at all. I have so many short story collections started now...I hate to even think about it. I need to finish a few of them before the year is out...

Danielle

Time is really flying by--I want the month to slow down. Hopefully the Legend of Sleepy Hollow won't be too bad--it's fairly tame compared to many stories, but I suppose scary is all relative. I think this anthology has some slightly more humorous ghost stories, so maybe I'll have to try and find one for next weekend to read. I even read a Wodehouse ghost story some years ago.

Danielle

Hmm. I cannot tell you... There is a twist, though. I like the ones that leave you uncertain, too. The ones you wonder about are usually the most successful--they leave you questioning everything.

Danielle

Is that the section where she comes to the graveyard to play with her mom? That's right--they never do see him. Now there's a twist on this story! I hadn't made the connection. I need to get back to my audio book--it was too cold to listen this morning--I opted for my ear muffs instead of headphones, though I think tomorrow will be better.

litlove

I once read that in the Victorian era, women and children, because they did not work, were viewed as dangerously empty of purpose and at risk of being filled up by some sort of devilish or supernatural entity. Or even just badness and mischief. Hence the vast majority of ghost stories concern them. But I also think that women and children are socially marginalised, and by that very act, come closer to all sorts of hard-to-define boundaries, like that between the living and the dead. This does sound like a great book of short stories and perfect for the RIP challenge!

Danielle

How interesting--thank you for sharing that as I had not read it before and it does make sense. I've wondered about why women, and particularly children were depicted the way they were and now you just sort of expect them to be the subjects/victims. Interesting too to think that so many ghost stories were also written by women--Victorian era as well as later. I think I need to read more about it. And this is indeed a wonderful collection. I'm sure I'll be reading more out of it.

Thewouldbegood.wordpress.com

How odd to stumble across this blog post! I have been haunted by this story since I was about 3 or 4, hearing it on a radio play. It frightened me because my mum's name is Christine. Over the years (I'm now 33) I searched for it endlessly as it had disturbed me so much. I bought anthologies, posted on forums, googled, everything. It wasn't until last week when I bought Roald Dahl's book of Ghost Stories that I opened it and lo, it opened on 'Harry'. I couldn't believe it! As haunting and spinechilling as I'd remembered.

The anthology has another story by Rosemary Timperley as well.

Danielle

I had never heard of this story before and happened on it purely by chance. I really liked it--very chilling really. I can see how it would stick with you. It must have been exciting to finally come across it. I think there might have been a second story by her in this anthology, too, though it has since gone back to the library. I wouldn't mind buying this for my own collection as it has such a great selection of stories! Will have to keep an eye out for the Dahl collection, too.

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