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
GenreClassics, Short Stories, Horror, Fiction, Fantasy

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...
  • Archit Ojha
    Who doesn't love to read Ghost stories! They are all fun and exciting unless of course, you're reading them alone in a room at night and getting pretty terrified every time you hear a meow.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jason Donoghue
    Charles Dickens seemed to only write one good story. (A Christmas carol) everything else he wrote was done at a level which could easily be matched by a novice writer. If a writer today submitted the stories in this book to a publisher they would be laughed at, with no future ahead of them in this industry. Each story lacks build up or climax or even an interesting plot. And i find the writing below par novice writing bad story telling and honest...
  • Lucie
    3.5 starsTo Be Read at Dusk - 3 starsThe Signalman - 4 stars The Trial for Murder - 3.5 stars
  • 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 ...
  • Edgar Trevizo
    Debo hacer una corrección: al comenzar el libro y leer el primer relato, me pareció que no estaba nada mal, aunque, comparándolo con Henry James, pues quedaba un tanto lejos. Ahora, habiendo (casi) terminado el tomo, tengo que reconocer que la distancia, al menos en este género, es insalvable. Dickens sí cree en fantasmas, pero como objetos de estudio, no como detonadores del horror; en cambio James no hace aparecer ninguno en sus textos, pe...
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  • Luana
    Actual rating: 3.5 starsDo not read it at dusk!
  • Leni
    To Be Read at Dusk: 3,5 *The Signalman: 4*The Trial for Murder: 3,5*
  • Marie
    3,5 stars, to be more exact.The last story saved the book for me!
  • Chris
    I have a very, very strange relationship with Mr. Charles Dickens. Before I knew anything about his private life, I would read one of his books and love it. The next book I read, I would dislike. You know the dislike that makes you bang your head against the desk. The dislike of nails on a blackboard. For instance, I love Great Expectations, but I can't stand A Tale of Two Cities.Despite, my relationship with Dickens's longer novels, most of his ...
  • El
    This book has been in my house for as long as I can remember, belonging originally to either my mom or my dad; by the time I moved out it was somehow in my own collection, though I had never actually read the entire book through. Our dad used to read A Christmas Carol to us when we were kids, but the other ghost stories were unknown to me until now when I sat down to read all of it, including A Christmas Carol with adult eyes.Some of the stories ...
  • Martin Hernandez
    Si me imagino sentado al lado de una chimenea, una oscura tarde de invierno en el Londres del S. XIX, entonces creo que estos cuentos deben de haber sido muy efectivos. Hoy en día, ya no tanto; los temas ya están muy sobados, ya no nos impresionamos tan fácilmente... Admito que quedé un poco decepcionado con esta selección; si bien no esperaba que fueran muy aterradores, viniendo de la pluma de DICKENS, anticipaba un momento de lectura más ...
  • Aruna Sathish
    Eerie and spooky enough. Good for a rainy night :) It was good to see this side of Dickens. It's something we don't get to read often. The depiction of characters and the setting of macabre are wonderful. THis is the only book of Dickens that I had not read. Glad to cover the complete list of the author's works.
  • Alexandra Gv
    ❤❤ Dickens nunca me decepciona.
  • Rishit
    Very nice collection of horrorstories! Not much horrifying but very intresting and gripping collection!
  • Vera (GirlySunglasses)
    3 and half stars>.Review to come.
  • Ray Campbell
    I read this decades ago, but I remember it being creepy. I love Dickens and have re-read A Christmas Carol a dozen times. In this compilation we have all the short ghost stories Dickens wrote originally published as one offs. 30 years after reading them, I can honestly say that none stood the test of time, but I do remember reading the book and enjoying the stories.
  • Alex - coffeeloving_bookoholic
    To Be Read at Dusk - 1 starThe Signalman - 4 starsThe Trial for Murder - 4 stars
  • Yulia
    Magical happens when christmas.
  • Tina
    Enjoyed the Signal Man most, didn't really get the last one.
  • Laura Verhoeven
    Awesome read!