The Virago Book of Ghost Stories: The Twentieth Century: Vol 2
7 journalers for this copy...
This is a great collection of stories by some of the 20th century's best women writers, including Antonia Fraser, Joan Aiken, A.S. Byatt, Ruth Rendell, Richmal Compton and Penelope Lively, with the stories themselves ranging in era from the turn of the 19th century up to the late 1970s and early 1980s.
While all having ghostly themes, the stories range in tone from humourous to sad to darkly, neck-prickly creepy. ('With or Without Buttons' by Mary Butts is a good example of this). While some are straight-forward ghost stories, others play on pyschological fears, leaving uncertainties as to whether the ghosts are really there, or in the mind of the characters and reader...
All of these stories are good - my favourites were 'The Station Road' by Ann Bridge, 'Afterward' by Edith Wharton and 'The Haunting of Shawley Rectory' by Ruth Rendell, all 'traditional' ghost stories that raised shivers down the spine, while 'Who's Been Sitting In My Car?' by Antonia Fraser was also excellent - but much more unsettling, with its overtones of sexual abuse and pyschological fear.
A great collection - I'll now be looking out for the first volume!
Bold = where the book is at the moment
ScarletBea - Switzerland
Jenatleisure - UK
WillowSnow - UK
Caligula03 - USA
CheriePie - USA
Sistert - USA
Nekki2976 - USA
And back to me if no-one else is interested.
Please add a note when you recieve the book, and again when you've read it.
Please also try not to keep the book longer than about a month - if you think that you won't get to read it in that time, ping me a message and we can work something out :)
Lastly, these stories aren't too terrifying, but don't blame me if you read them late at night alone in a spooky house with a whistling wind outside and then can't sleep! ;)
Still, on the way now - hope you all enjoy it!
They weren't the 'sensationalist' type at all, I believe all authors are extremely 'respectable' hehe
Some did give me the shivers....
(will be sent to Jenatleisure on saturday)
Sorry, but all post offices that I walked by in London were closed on the saturday of my holidays...
May 9th sorry I tried several times to read these but I just couldnt get into them, read a few but cant I just didnt find them gripping. May be too much else going on in real life they just seemed dated. Am sending on to Willowsnow.
Thanks for sharing the book, koalabare
I have tried on a couple of occasions to get into this book, but I could not manage it.
I have PM'd Caligula03 and have recieved her address to send the book onto her the next time I am at the post office, which will be later this week.
Update 03/07/05: I sent this book to Caligula03 yesterday.
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Mailing to CheriePie.
I've got a few ring and ray books ahead of it in my queue, but should be able to get started on it within the next few weeks. Actually since there's so many short stories contained within, I might read a few of them at a time in between the other ring and ray books I've got ahead of it. :)
I messaged Nekki2976 for her address before I left for vacation so I have it ready to send off to her now. It'll be going out later today via Media Mail.
I apologize. It did for some reason take awhile to get here (I got in in
early December). However, I was caught up in many things/fires at my new
job and neglected to journal it. I found it by my couch on New Year's Eve
and PMed the next person so it can get going again and I don't hold it up
any longer by reading it.
Since Necole hadn't updated the journal entry to reflect it's current status, I hope she doesn't mind that I pasted her reply here. :)
I have this... and found it as I was packing to move. I'm going to PM Koalabare so it can come home.