Classics

The Canterbury Tales: Fifteen Tales and the General Prologue

By Geoffrey Chaucer

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In the late 1300s, people traveling together on a holy pilgrimage prove to be more sinners than saints as they share their stories every evening. Translations to modern English are available, but they miss the flavor of the original. This edition is well-reviewed and does include notes.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

By Washington Irving

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"Paintings as crisp and clear as a Halloween night recreate the chilling tale of the headless horseman galloping through the haunted woods of Sleepy Hollow." Unabridged version!
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The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton

By Edith Wharton

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"One might not expect a woman of Edith Wharton's literary stature to be a believer of ghost stories, much less be frightened by them, but as she admits in her postscript to this spine-tingling collection, '...till I was twenty-seven or -eight, I could not sleep in the room with a book containing a ghost story.' Once her fear was overcome, however, she took to writing tales of the supernatural for publication in the magazines of the day. These eleven finely wrought pieces showcase her mastery of the traditional New England ghost story and her fascination with spirits, hauntings, and other supernatural phenomena. Called "flawlessly eerie" by Ms. magazine, this collection includes 'Pomegranate Seed,' 'The Eyes,' 'All Souls,' 'The Looking Glass,' and 'The Triumph of Night.'"
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A Christmas Carol, and Other Haunting Tales

By Charles Dickens

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In this special collector's edition, a selection of Charles Dickens's most captivating stories are gathered together, richly illustrated with handwritten manuscript pages, rare family photographs, and a splendid array of prints and drawings from the special collections of The New York Public Library.

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18 Best Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

By Edgar Allan Poe

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"The Masque of the Red Death." "Cask of Amontillado." "The Tell-Tale Heart." Poe mastered the art of spine-tingling storytelling in the 19th century, and few have come close to rivaling his mastery since. Read these in front of the fire with one candle lit for the full effect.

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Victorian Ghost Stories: An Oxford Anthology

By Michael Cox and R.A. Gilbert, editors

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"There's nothing like a good ghost story. And, in Victorian Ghost Stories, Michael Cox and R.A. Gilbert bring together thirty-five well-wrought tales of haunted houses, vengeful spirits, spectral warnings, invisible antagonists, and motiveless malignity from beyond the grave.
"The Victorians excelled at the ghost story, it was as much a part of their literary culture as the realistic novel, and it was practiced by almost all the great writers of the age. Cox and Gilbert here provide samples from Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, and Wilkie Collins, as well as such classic ghost-story specialists as M.R. James and J.S. Le Fanu (whose "Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street," considered one of the best haunted-house story ever written...), plus one or two genuine rarities for the supernatural fiction enthusiast to savor."

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The Turn of the Screw

By Henry James

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A governess battles to save the souls of her two young charges from evil spirits.

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

By Robert Louis Stevenson

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This intriguing novel, both fantasy thriller and moral allegory, depicts the struggle of two opposing personalities -- one essentially good, the other evil -- for the soul of one man.
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The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories

By Peter Haining, editor

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"Some of this century's greatest writers turn their hand to storytelling at its most chilling. In the hundred years since Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, the literary ghost story has attracted many distinguished writers of fiction, & this outstanding collection represents thirty of the best, with authors as varied as Jack London, Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier, P. G. Wodehouse, John Steinbeck, Muriel Spark, Henry James, Fay Weldon, John Mortimer, Ruth Rendell, Mary Higgins Clark, & William Trevor, among many others."

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The Island of Dr. Moreau

By H.G. Wells

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Adrift in a dinghy, Edward Prendick, the single survivor from the good ship Lady Vain, is rescued by a vessel carrying an unusual cargo—a menagerie of savage animals. Nursed to recovery by their keeper Montgomery, who gives him dark medicine that tastes of blood, Prendick soon finds himself stranded upon an uncharted island in the Pacific with his rescuer and the beasts. There, he meets the sinister Dr. Moreau—a brilliant scientist whose notorious experiments in vivisection have caused him to abandon the civilized world. It soon becomes clear that he has continued to develop these experiments with truly horrific results.

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