Complete Ghost Stories by Charles Dickens

Complete Ghost Stories

Interest in supernatural phenomena was high during Charles Dickens' lifetime. He had always loved a good ghost story himself, particularly at Christmas time, and was open-minded, willing to accept, and indeed put to the test, the existence of spirits.His natural inclinations toward drama and the macabre made him a brilliant teller of ghost tales, and in the twenty stories presented here, which include his celebrated A Christmas Carol, the full ra...

Details Complete Ghost Stories

TitleComplete Ghost Stories
Release DateApr 1st, 1997
PublisherWordsworth Classics
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Short Stories, Literature, English Literature, Horror, Historical, Victorian

Reviews Complete Ghost Stories

  • Kyriakos Sorokkou
    Note: The stories are in reading order. The numbers indicate their order in the book.•1 The Queer Chair - The Bagman's StoryChapter 14 from The Pickwick Papers.A chair that talks and guides a tired traveller that arrives in an inn.⋆ ⋆ ⋆•2 A Madman's ManuscriptChapter 11 from The Pickwick Papers.Ramblings of a crazy man that wants to be proven crazy.⋆ ⋆ ⋆•3 The Goblins who Stole a SextonChapter 29 from The Pickwick Papers.A precu...
  • Bettie☯
    Read hereOpening: One, two, three, four, five. There were five of them.Five couriers, sitting on a bench outside the convent on the summit of the Great St. Bernard in Switzerland, looking at the remote heights, stained by the setting sun as if a mighty quantity of red wine had been broached upon the mountain top, and had not yet had time to sink into the snow.Very short story of spiritual affairs.
  • Paula
    3.5 stars. As many other readers have already pointed out, these stories are not very scary by today's standards. But they are a bit spooky, especially if you read them at night, home alone, just before going to bed.
  • Wanda
    Project Gutenberg - short story not scary by today's standards, but a worthy read nonetheless.
  • Bruce Beckham
    What I really liked about this book was the ability to ‘dip into Dickens’. I recall taking 6 months to read Bleak House – and night after night having to retrace my steps, one back, two forward, if I was lucky. Some of the stories in this anthology are as short as a single page. No danger of nodding off or losing the thread there.As a bonus, Dickens’ ghosts seem to be possessed (hah-ha) of the author’s sense of humour – which makes fo...
  • Gary
    A fascinating and lesser known side of Charles' Dickens work is his flair for ghost stories.Dickens showed a fascination with ghosts and the macabre and was a masterpiece of this wonderful genre.Most well known is his ghostly parable-'A Christmas Carol', of the visit to the bitter and tight fist ed miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, by three ghosts which started the tradition of 'the ghost story at Christmas'.Other Christmas ghost stories by Dickens in thi...
  • Catie
    Read October 2016 on IG with @bookishsteph1, @pagesandcup, @booksnot, @bagfullofbooks. #EekHouseBuddiesWithATwistFavorite Short Stories:• The Queer Chair - The Bagman's Story• The Ghost's of the Mail - The Story of the Bagman's Uncle• The Haunted House• The Signalman• Four Ghost Stories - The First Story
  • Vanessa
    This was an interesting collection of short stories, some considerably shorter than others. It was interesting to see that some of the stories had been taken from Dickens' full-length novels, as I couldn't imagine them tying into a longer text in any way!There were some stories however that I found quite hard to get through in comparison to others. When I picked this up, it was on Christmas Day specifically so I could read 'A Christmas Carol', ev...
  • Ruthie Jones
    While I have read several of these stories before (including A Christmas Carol), many of them were new to me. I prefer Dickens's longer works because he is such a master of detail and description. None of the stories were actually scary, but they probably had lots of scariness for the readers way back when. Dickens mixes quite a dose of satire into pretty much all his works, and these ghost stories are no exception.I have to comment on one of the...
  • Biondy
    "Charles Dickens' Ghost Stories" adalah kumpulan cerita bertemakan hantu yang ditulis oleh Charles Dickens. Buku ini terdiri "hanya" atas 3 cerita, tapi dua di antaranya punya panjang yang setara dengan sebuah novela.1. Kidung Natal (A Christmas Carol)Kisah klasik tentang Ebenezer Scrooge, seorang pria tua kikir yang dikunjungi oleh hantu seorang rekan kerjanya. Dalam penyesalan kematiannya, rekan Scrooge mengatakan kalau Scrooge akan dikunjungi ...