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It doesn't happen often that I've read one of your Thursday 13. But now I did and one that comes with you recommendation too: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Read two years ago when I for the first time tried to read along with RIP Challenge. I really liked the story. This year's choice is a story by Mark Twain and one by Ambrose Bierce. I still have to start either one of them though.


What a fun list! You know I'm not a huge short story reader but among my favorites are Turn of the Screw and Poe's Cask of Amontillado and Masque of the Red Death.


"The Yellow Wall Paper" is very creepy.

Did you know E. Nesbit (THE RAILWAY CHILDREN, etc.) wrote ghost stories?


I remember that you read that--so glad you liked it. It's such a wonderful story with such a great sense of place. Which stories by Twain and Bierce will you read? I have read far too little by Twain, though I did read one of his stories this year. And I think there was a Bierce story, too, in that collection I was reading from and will get back to eventually. There is still plenty of time for ghost stories, I'd say! :)


I have not read Masque of the Red Death (will have to look for that one--maybe read it this year), but I agree that the Cask of Amontillado is a perfect story--it is one of my own favorites, too. I only didn't add it to my list as I never wrote about it properly and had nothing to link to.


I have read The Yellow Wallpaper and it is a wonderful story, isn't it? It really should have made my list! I don't think I knew that E. Nesbit wrote ghost stories--I have read so many now that a lot of them have blended together! I will have to look her up now and see if I have come across her stories yet.


You have been reading my mind! I was going to ask you if you could do a Thursday Thirteen on ghost stories.
I know quite a few of these but luckily there are some discoveries as well. I've enjoyed some of Poppy Z. Brite's stories in Swamp Foetus. My favourites however are Poe's stories. The Fall of the House of Usher.


I'm going to bookmark this for future reading fun!


Mark Twain's story is the 1,000.000 pound Bank-Note, and Bierce's is A Horseman in the Sky.

Amanda R

This is a great idea. Hummmm... I may have to make my own list of favorite spooky tales. Have you read The Great God Pan (I forget the author) but it is terrifying!


I wonder if the Twain story is the same one I read last year--The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg? It was also about a large sum of money that was used to tease the citizens of the town to show their greed. The Bierce story is unfamiliar to me. You'll have to tell me how you get on with them!


I could have added more to the list--I've read some good ones, but these are the stories that really stood out. I looked for something by Poppy Z. Brite in my library but didn't find that collection. I did find an anthology with a story by her in it. I will try and add it into my Sunday short story readings! Actually your comment prompted me to look for her in several other anthologies and I ended up bringing three of them home with me--fresh stories so to speak, so I am excited! I have yet to read The Fall of the House of Usher--I think I have a book of Poe's stories somewhere though I am sure it must be online, too. Good ideas--thanks!


I hope you give some of them a try---I thought they were all really excellent!


Do make a list--I am always looking for good short stories to try! I have never heard of The Great God of Pan, but did you know it has its own Wikipedia entry? I think I will download it from Project Gutenberg onto my ipad!

Liz F

I've read six of your list including all the Du Maurier's and The Victorian Chaise Longue (which seriously gave me the creeps) and I have both the Elizabeth Jane Howard and The Tower in my compilation so I will make a point of reading them first.
Still haven't read Sleepy Hollow or Turn of the Screw or any of Joyce Carol Oates short stories so must make a point of that.

I think the stories of both The Birds and Don't Look Now are considerably better than the films made of them. I watched them both quite recently and lost patience with the first very quickly (all that cowering in a corner from Tippi Hedren got very tiresome!)
If you are looking for a novel length ghost story then Tiffany Murray's Sugar Hall might fit the bill for you - a post WW2 setting, a remote crumbling country house and a lonely small boy who is the heir to the estate... and probably one of the most unsettling endings I have read in a while!


I see you are a fan of the genre too! (Though I knew that by your comments from earlier). Definitely give the stories of Joyce Carol Oates a go--she is so good, but she is also very talented at making the reader very uncomfortable! I agree with you on the film adaptations for DDM's short stories, though I did actually like Don't Look Now--still the story is superb and I will always choose the story over the movie in any case. The Birds bears no resemblance, doesn't it! The story is so much scarier--even with all those mad, crazy birds. I love Hitchcock, but that is not one of my favorite movies by him most certainly. I am going to look for the Murray book--unfortunately it has not yet been published here, but I will see if I can find a copy via ILL. I have to seriously cut down on credit card use--though I think I still have a couple of small bookstore gift cards that I can buy a few books with. Maybe I can find a cheap used copy. I like the sound of the story and definitely the setting!

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