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FREE READER Â DOC The Collected Ghost Stories of EF Benson Ø E.F. BENSON Õ [Read] ➵ The Collected Ghost Stories of EF Benson By E.F. Benson – A bumper collection of fifty four classic Edwardian ghost and horror stories by a master of the genre including many storieAboth’s Vineyard Home Sweet Home “And No Bird Sings” Pirates The Bus Conductor Monkeys Gavon’s Eve The Cat The Terror by Night Machaon The Confession of Charles Linkworth Inscrutable Decrees The Face Expiation The Step James Lamp The Sanctuary The Horror Horn The Shootings of Achnaleish Negotium Perambulans Bagnell Terrace “And the Dead Spake ” The Gardener Reconciliation At Abdul Ali’s Grave Caterpillars The House with the Brick Kiln The Bed by the Window The Dance The Bath Chair Between the Lights The Thing in the Hall The Corner House A Tale of an Empty House The Psychical Mallards The Dust Cloud Mr Tilly’s Séance Thursday Evenings – Spinach Also check out these other great Kindle titles in the same series search for “Fast Editions” using uotation marks ‘The Lady Chillers’ – classic ghost and horror stories by women writers ‘The Beast with Five Fingers' – the collected weird tales of W F Harvey Edwardian master of the psychological horror story ‘The Gap in the Curtain’ – John Buchan’s fascinating borderline science fiction story of predestiny and free will The Greatest Ghost Stories of M Cornwall Seems to Be a Pretty Dangerous PlaceI had never heard of EF Benson before and to be honest the cover of this book made me open it with a feeling of skepticism – only to find out that this is one of the eeriest most bloodcurdling collections of horror stories that I have ever readOf course a collection of horror stories by the same author will always feature some repetitive elements – like the motif of popping down to Cornwall for relaxation only in order to meet with some malevolent supernatural presence which made me actually count myself lucky for never having been in Cornwall up to now and consider paying a holiday in Cornwall for some of my choicest relatives instead – but all in all these stories are rich in variety and seldom failed to make my hair stand on end My favourite story was “Caterpillars” which is all about some gruesome deathly insects and there was a bunch of others I can particularly recommend – such as “How Fear Departed from the Great Gallery” “At Abdul Ali’s Grave” “The Room in the Tower” “The House with the Brick Kiln” “’And No Bird Sings’” “The Face” and “A Tale of an Empty House” Benson really manages to describe some really intense moments of horror without ever becoming too graphic and goryThe stories give a variety of horrors – from vampires to ghosts uite often limping ones slug like elementals which I found particularly gruesome evil dreams and Satan whorshippers – and sometimes even Benson writes tongue in cheek as in “Mr Tilly’s Séance” According to Benson’s preface his stories are mainly meant to entertain his readers and they did exactly that in my case – as well as make me feel lucky for being in possession of a thick duvet I could hide under after finishing one or two of them before switching off the light

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A bumper collection of fifty four classic Edwardian ghost and horror stories by a master of the genre including many stories never before available on Kindle The text has been carefully edited and formatted with an active table of contents and section markers for easy browsing The month is December the year 1911 Outside the wind howls and the branches of the mulberry tree tap at your window Inside your study you draw your chair closer to the fire ring for your servant to bring you the whisky bottle and soda siphon and reach for your copy of ‘The Illustrated London News’ A frisson of delight tempered by a fluttering of nervous apprehension runs through you when you see that the cover features a brand new ‘Spook Story’ by celebrated author E F Benson Benson’s ghost stories written between 1906 and 1934 evoke a bygone England The era popularised in the TV series Downton Abbey marked the height of Britain’s Empire on which the sun famously never set Benson’s stories written for the periodicals of the age were keenly awaited by his many admirers They range from the disturbing some would say disturbed through the pleasingl EF Benson one of the most accomplished practitioners of the classic English ghost story usually begins his tale in a tranuil upper class British setting perhaps a country house party or a fishing lodge or a newly acuired apartment in which the horror gradually unfolds His stories are invariably well written but there are two drawbacks to his work First of all he often sets his stories in a milieu where people openly proclaim their belief in ghosts and their own psychic abilities engage in conversations about ghosts and construct elaborate theories concerning their manifestations Although this context has the advantage of making his stories credible it has the disadvantage of making them less uncanny and conseuently less frightening Secondly Benson habitually strives for a brief understated ending and although he most often succeeds he sometimes fails resulting in an impression of anticlimax and hasteBenson's ghost stories contain a few recurrent themes the most interesting being the frightening presence of dominating handsome middle aged women usually with sadistic or vampiric tendencies The Room in the Tower The Outcast Inscrutable Decrees Mrs Amworth The Corner House The Wishing Well and The Bath Chair all contain variations on this theme and each is an excellent example of Benson's craft On the other hand than a few of his stories Empty House Naboth's Vineyard and The Dance feature a sinister limping man who carries a cane There are also a handful of tales The Thing in the Hall Negotium Perambulans and And No Bird Sings in which Elementals half physicalhalf psychical entities usually in the form of slugs supply a visceral Lovecraftian sort of creepiness not otherwise found in his stories Benson's formidable mother had a reputation for sexual voraciousness and his father the Archbishop of Canterbury was cruel to his children and walked with a limp and a cane I don't know where the slugs came fromSomething that distinguishes Benson's work is a few stories which do not frighten but console that feature benign hauntings spiritual healing and reconciliation Benson is not the only author who attempts such tales but in my experience he is the only one who succeeds How Fear Departed the Long Gallery Roderick's Story Reconciliation and Pirates are all fine examplesBenson is an excellent craftsman Each of these fifty four stories deserves a read and perhaps two thirds merit a second reading At least seven Mrs Amworth Caterpillars The Man Who Went Too Far The Face The Temple Pirates and The Sanctuary are classics of the genre and should be read by anyone who admires fine short fictionThis edition contains the added bonus of an early essay written by Benson concerning the recent murder of a supposed witch in the Irish market town of Clonmel Benson shows his humanity and compassion here by arguing against the death penalty on the grounds that the murderers sincerely believed in demonic possession and therefore were not vicious criminals but unfortunate victims of popular superstition It is a well argued essay and may have contributed to a lighter sentence for the defendantsAll in all The Collected Ghost Stories of EF Benson is consistently enjoyable throughout its six hundred pages and is highly recommended

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The Collected Ghost Stories of EF BensonY chilling to the light hearted The influence of M R James with whom Benson was well acuainted is obvious Some of the stories are pure horror; others are conventional tales of hauntings Vampires also feature All the spooks monsters and apparitions have one thing in common they are thoroughly malevolent bent on visiting pestilence madness and ideally an agonising death on anyone foolhardy enough to disturb or invoke them This collection brings together for the first time on Kindle all fifty four of Benson’s ghost stories They are suitable for readers of all ages except those of a nervous disposition who would be well advised to seek tamer material for their late night reading or at the very least to keep their smelling salts close at hand The Kindle edition of the Collected Ghost Stories of E F Benson contains all these stories for you to curl up with The Room in the Tower At the Farmhouse Mrs Amworth In the Tube Roderick’s Story The Hanging of Alfred Wadham Christopher Comes Back The Wishing Well How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery Outside the Door The Other Bed Corstophine The Temple The Man Who Went Too Far The Outcast N Wordsworth Editions How much I love you Let me count the ways Or rather I won't because it would take me forever to achieve the proper numerals This dirt cheap volume has a mammoth number of 720 pages and there is not a single bad sentence on it EF Benson's ghostly tales are varied as they are enjoyable Ghosts Psychic Vampirism Healers Witches Reincarnated souls human sacrifices brought on by ghosts dangerous and secret cults Vampires Elementals Charlatan Psychics haunted automobiles and even giant monkeys populate these pages of absolutely engrossing supernatural tales Even the moods that pervade these stories are uite varied; some are very bleak and grisly considering the period at which they were written others humorous and easy going The worst that can be said about the stories in this collection is that in most of them the main character's backgrounds are all too similar; they are usually somewhat wealthy gentlemen who upon vacationing in the countryside or small towns stumble upon supernatural entities Also some may have a problem with the fact that ghosts are the most freuent entity to feature amongst these stories However these are very minor gripes considering the vast array of creatures that haunt these pages and the uality of these stories My personal favourites are The Room in the Tower How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery Caterpillars The Outcast The Face At the Farmhouse The House with the Brick Kiln and my personal favourite The Temple Out of all of these flesh creeping tales there was only one story I didn't care for The Dust Cloud and considering there are over fifty of them in this volume I'd say it's bound to satisfy the avid supernatural tales aficcionado