The Big Book of Ghost Stories

The Big Book of Ghost Stories
The Big Book of Ghost Stories

By James MacDougall

I don’t always read ghost stories, but when I do I read them from The Big Book of Ghost Stories (a Black Lizard Publication), This 800 plus page compendium has some of the finest stories of the genre with stories ranging from the works of such  literary illuminati  as Joyce Carol Oates, Conrad Aiken and Mark Twain to the more pulpish fair of August Derleth, G.G. Pendarves and Manley Wade Wellman. For someone like I who have read hundreds of ghost stories throughout the years, it is a real treat to find one hundred more stories, most of which I have not read before and which are generally of fine quality.

As editor of this collection Otto Penzler (the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City) indicates in the introduction there are all sorts of ghosts, those who frighten us, those who make us laugh and those for whom we have pity. You will find all of those and more here.

So far I have read the following from this collection:

  • Mr. Arcularis, Conrad Aiken
  • The Shadowy Third, Ellen Glasgow
  • The Moonlit Road, Ambrose Bierce
  • Thing of Darkness, G.G. Pendarves
  • The House of Nightmare, Edward Lucas White
  • The House on Half Moon Street, Hector Bolitho
  • Song of the Dead, Wyatt Blassingame

All have been satisfying if in different ways and a few will join my favourites. This is an exceptional collection selected from a pool of over 1,000 stories covering over 3 centuries of writing. I highly recommend you grab this chunky volume, make some tea and settle into your favourite chair for an evening of atmosphere and chills.

Haunted ABC’s

Haunted House

By James MacDougall

Having some fun with Google search’s auto-complete, I typed in the word haunted and then each letter of the alphabet. Here are the results with links for the CURIOUS. Things take a particularly Canadian bent since Google knows all and sees all:

Asylums: Six Haunted Asylums with Genuinely Chilling Back Stories

Beyonce: This is from the movie Fifty Shades of Grey which is probably the scariest link here. I dare you to sit through that movie.

Canada: Canada’s 10 Most Haunted Places

Dolls: 7 Famously Haunted Dolls That Will Ruin Your Life

Empire: Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs Hardcover – Feb 27 2014Yukari Iwatani Kane 

Forest: 11 Haunted Forests You Should Never, Ever Step Foot In

Ghost Towns: 20 Wonderfully Haunting Ghost Towns of the World

House: The World’s Most Haunted Places

Island: Top 10 Most Haunted Islands

Jail: Ottawa Jail

Kingston: The Haunted Walk of Kingston

Locations: 21 Most Haunted Places in the World

Mansion: DisneyWorld

New Orleans: Top Ten Most Haunted New Orleans Locations

Ontario: “Ghosts, and hauntings from around the Province of Ontario, Canada.”

Places: Salon’s 10 Most Haunted Places in the World

Quebec: True Quebec Ghost Stories

Restaurants: The World’s 14 Scariest Haunted Restaurants

Stories: Live Science (yes science) presents 10 Ghost Stories That Will Haunt You For Life

Toronto: Haunted Places in Toronto from Toronto Life

USA: The 51 Spookiest Spots You Can Visit Across The United States.

Vancouver: Ghosts of Vancouver

Walk: The Haunted Walk Tours

Xbox (some people use the word ‘haunted’ in place of ‘malfunctioning’.)

Yard: Halloween Yard Haunt Ideas on Pinterest

Zyra: She’s haunted alright