A Gathering of Ghost Stories

by Robertson Davies | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780146001123 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingeponine38wing of Winchester, Massachusetts USA on 4/10/2024
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Journal Entry 1 by wingeponine38wing from Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, April 10, 2024
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Robertson Davies first hit upon the notion of writing ghost stories when he joined the University of Toronto's Massey College as a Master. Wishing to provide entertainment at the College's Gaudy Night, the annual Christmas party, Professor Davies created a "spooky story," which he read aloud to the gathering. That story, "Revelation from a Smoky Fire," is the first in this wonderful, haunting collection. A tradition quickly became established and, for eighteen years, Davies delighted and amused the Gaudy Night guests with his tales of the supernatural. Here, gathered together in one volume, are those eighteen stories, just as Davies first read them.

Journal Entry 2 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Released 1 mo ago (4/10/2024 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA


Traveling with a few others of the same ilk via wishlist-tag.

Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, April 12, 2024
The wishlist-tag books arrived safely on this rainy day, along with the bonus stickers and labels - thanks so much! I'm always glad to have more of these Penguin 60s books.

This is a collection of humorous ghost-story takeoffs with a collegiate theme. I liked the introductory chapter on how he came to write the stories as well (if not better!) than the stories themselves; drily humorous and quite charming, with references to ghost-story writers he admired, and tidbits of background that helped set the scene.

The stories themselves appealed to me since I've read a lot of academic-setting books and stories; some of the hauntings here could indeed be frightening to a professor, such as the ghost who insisted on taking ALL possible exams over again until he'd passed them. There's a ghostly visit from George IV, and a tale about the Spectre of Sexism, and a very unusual tale about "The Cat That Went to Trinity". Interesting little book!

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