After sending their only daughter off to boarding school, Cookson Selway and his wife, Ellen, travel to London to escape their empty house. But their quiet hotel has guests other than those on the register, and the vacation turns into a journey not only to another city but to another time. As Selway is drawn into a series of mysterious encounters with a young girl who died in a fall from his hotel window sixty years earlier, the characters of her life become more real to him than those of his own.
While grieving over the unexpected death of his young wife, Phil Ainsworth finds his life further shaken by the death of his sister and the arrival of his young niece, Betsy, a child with a special talent to hear the voices of the dead and see the uncanny forces closing in around the old house he has inherited from his mother.
Sixteen-year-old Amy and her father move in to Nazareth Hill, an apartment complex that used to be an insane asylum. The apartments are having a malevolent effect on their neighbors, and then they begin to transform Amy's father.
Johnny Truant finds "The Navidson Record", a manuscript about a purported film a photojournalist made to document the supernatural characteristics of his house. As Johnny tries to uncover the truth, his discovery begins to have a terrifying effect on his mind.
"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."