The Body-Snatcher and Other Classic Ghost Stories


By Michael Kelahan

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There is a life beyond the grave unlike the lives we live, and its ghostly character has inspired some of the ghastliest tales of terror committed to paper. The Body-Snatcher and Other Classic Ghost Stories collects twenty-eight tales of ghosts and hauntings that rank as some of the most frightening fiction written in the past two centuries. Drawn from a rich heritage of horror stories that span the American and European continents, its contents give shape to that most ephemeral form—the ghost that lies in wait for the living, and that manifests to us in our most vulnerable moments. Selections include:

  • "The Body-Snatcher" by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • "The Upper Berth" by F. Marion Crawford

  • " 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad' " by M.R. James

  • "The Beckoning Fair One" by Oliver Onions

  • "The Clock" by William Fryer Harvey

  • "In the Vault" by H.P. Lovecraft

  • Though occasionally invisible, and often intangible, the ghosts in these tales are far from insubstantial. They prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that what you can't see can scare you.

    The Body-Snatcher and Other Classic Ghost Stories