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The Big Book of Ghost Stories
The Big Book of Ghost Stories | Otto Penzler
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An anthology of more than 80 short horror tales spans more than a century of writing, from the Victorian and Edwardian gothic works of Kipling and Saki, to the pulp era's shock tales by August Derleth and Henry S. Whitehead, to modern pieces by Joyce Carol Oates and Donald E. Westlake. Original. 17,500 first printing.
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Been struggling through The Silmarillion. I‘ve considered abandoning it because I don‘t seem to be retaining any info from it, which is sad because I really want to understand elf lore better. But I‘m going to keep on trucking. I‘ll likely have to read a guide for it later on, but that‘s okay. In the meantime, I have this book!! I love anthologies like this. Right now I‘m reading “The Canterville Ghost” by Oscar Wilde.

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This was my view today. I stayed home because I was feeling ill. And you know it had to be bad because I didn't go and get new comics today. But I did finish "The Big Book of Ghost Stories" on audio. It was full of some of the best creepers.

LeahBergen Get well soon! ❤️ 1y
BookHoarder32 Awesome cup! ❤️ 1y
TheLibrarian Feel better! 1y
Jas16 Hope you feel better soon 1y
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I am currently 34 hours into this 51 hour magnum opus and loving every minute of it.

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Back home from watching son and his HS marching band in our Halloween Parade 🎃. Now kicking back with a couple ghost stories 👻 . Ooh, this one is a classic and I remember very well reading this story many years ago 😱! Bookmark was made/sent to me by @LibrarianRyan last year 😊

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhh. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great bookmark!! 2y
AmyG Yes...that bookmark. Chocolate wins every time! 2y
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kspenmoll Monkey‘s Paw!!!!☠️ 2y
ValerieAndBooks @LibrarianRyan love your bookmarks and how generous you are with your creations 💖! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @AmyG Definitely! That is one smart vampire 😊! @LibrarianRyan 2y
ValerieAndBooks @kspenmoll My heart was racing reading it last night, even though I remember it so well! 2y
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I‘ve had this big book for about 5 years, and take it out every fall to read a few. 😱👻 still haven‘t gotten to them all; it‘s truly big. Most are classics. Love it!

However, did not love this beer at all from last night. Cool label, but it was way over-hopped especially for a stout. I had to pour it down the sink. Good thing it was a single rather than a pack!!

LeahBergen Now I feel like digging out some ghost stories. 👍🏻 2y
AmyG Yes...great label. Not a stout fan, though. 2y
LauraJ Eww. Stouts should never taste hoppy. 2y
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Lynnsoprano I'm really picky about beer, and not a fan of stouts. We had a couple of great beers while we were in England. I think drinking in real pubs helps 😄 Plus, two of the three times we were in pubs, our friends recommended the beers we had, and the other time, Ken talked to the bartender about what we like and got a recommendation. 2y
batsy I'm doing that with Penzler's collection of Christmas mysteries that I didn't finish last year and plan to resume this year 😀 2y
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen yes do it, and enjoy! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @AmyG I love stouts and was attracted to the label for sure! Too bad it didn‘t work out for me 😢 2y
ValerieAndBooks @LauraJ I feel like a lot of microbreweries lately seem to think that the hoppier, the better. But like you said, stouts shouldn‘t be 😤! That‘s why they‘re stouts. 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano I love stouts and porters (if done right) and picky about most other kinds of beer. I‘d love to experience what you did in England! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @batsy Penzler has that?! Ooh, will have to look into it!! 2y
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This is my current audio book. It is over 51 hours long. Looks like I'm in for a treat.

ValerieAndBooks October 1st I'm pulling my copy out to read a few 👻!! 2y
batsy Oooh! 2y
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Reading this story before heading over to the HS football game. Son is in marching band. Tomorrow they are hosting a marching band competition and I'm volunteering. Sunday he has a piano recital. No readathon for me this weekend 😢 but hope those of you participating have tons of fun! #allhallowsread

Alfoster Sounds like good reasons not to read (there aren't many)! Those of us who can't do it tomorrow will do it when we can! Enjoy your kids👏👏👏! 3y
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I just read "The Lost Boy of the Ozarks" by Steve Friedman (in The Big Book of Ghost Stories) and it scared me so much ?! Don't get lost in the woods ?!!! Don't really remember how scary the Bachman Books were but I'm starting "Rage". Hopefully I'll have enough time this month to read at least one from the others here. #allhallowsread @Litsy

ValerieAndBooks http://www.backpacker.com/survival/survival-stories/the-lost-boy-of-the-ozarks/ Originally a magazine story. Let me know if you find it as scary as I did! 3y
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Love me some ghost stories and it's getting closer to Hallowe'en, so what better excuse to start a book that's been lurking on my kindle for awhile now.

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I like #shortstories but I usually read them in between other books instead of all the way through. As a result they're my coffee table books. Here's what I have on mine now, in anticipation of #scaretober. The Big Book of Ghost Stories is indeed big; its been scaring me every October for a few years. Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen is one that I found recently...looking forward to trying it! Edith Wharton (right book) wrote good scary stories.

DivineDiana I want to find the Isak Dinesen one! 3y
ElizaTodd I love it! What a beautiful spread ❤️🕷 3y
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Something I've been thinking about: I usually read ghost stories/spooky stories throughout the fall - would folks be interested in doing a read-along/read together just for ghost or supernatural stories? We could share recommendations, pick out the stories together - it's totally up to us (thinking something similar to the August Photo Challenge, but fall themed). If you're interested, comment or like! #ghostsoflitsy

LeahBergen Ooo, yes! And I just happen to have a nice big book of MR James ghost stories that I haven't cracked. 3y
LauraBeth Sounds fun! 3y
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BookishBlonde12 Great idea! 🎃👻🕸 3y
Melwilk That sounds fun to me 👻💀🎃🕸 3y
sprainedbrain Yes! Sign me up. 👍 3y
brendanmleonard @LeahBergen I got that book from the library today! And I ❤️ M.R. James. 3y
Karen3 I would love this!! 3y
Chessa Fun! 3y
[DELETED] 3216391035 Sounds like fun! 3y
ScrappyMags I'm in! I love spooky stuff 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 I usually do Gothic/ghost/spooky type books in October. I might be interested. 3y
Redwritinghood Definitely. I do the same thing. Somehow when fall comes around, you just feel like reading something scary. 3y
aeeklund I'm definitely in. Last year my bookseller coworkers and I did an October book bingo of spooky reads... Maybe something like that? 3y
ImaginativeMom Most likely! I love ghost stories. Everything depends on time. 3y
Neverlistless That sounds awesome!! 3y
CherylDeFranceschi I could be into that. 3y
jpmcwisemorgan I could do this. 3y
[DELETED] 3558467437 That sounds fun! 3y
MMenefee I like this idea. 3y
ApoptyGina69 The new Tana French comes out 10/4. Not ghostly, but scary/mysterious. I'm into the scariness! 👻💀👺 3y
DragonSadhana Please yes! 3y
MysticRaven03 Great idea! 3y
Pamtherunner Definitely! I've been trying to find some good ones! I'm currently reading "the winter people" by Jennifer McMahon. I also just bought "the fisherman" which looks kind of creepy! 3y
Pamtherunner Oh, and I also just got "ghost summer" by tananarive due 3y
Eyelit I'm interested! I've got three books of ghost stories that I keep saying I'm going to read in October and it has yet to happen. This will be the year! 😄 3y
TheWordJar Yes! I would definitely participate in something like this! 3y
JacqMac Yes! I love spooky books in the fall. 3y
Zelma Yes please! I ❤️ ghost stories and supernatural. I tend to stay away from gruesome and gory, but creepy is fun in the fall. 3y
Gissy I'm in!!! 3y
BekahB Sounds fun! I'm terrible at book clubs, but I keep trying. 😄 3y
Lizpixie I'd love to but your Autumn is our spring! Though anytime of the year is alright for scary stories for me. 3y
Onioons Love this idea! 3y
Laura317 I like creepy and spooky. Just not into horror. @aeeklund how does a book bingo work? I'm intrigued. 3y
PurpleyPumpkin Sounds great! I was thinking along the same lines, planned to read Sleepy Hollow in October. 3y
aeeklund @Laura317 You print out a bingo card with different topics or prompts in each of the squares and then read books and check off the squares! You can go for bingo or blackout. Here's the one we used last year: https://julieisrael.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/spooktober-reading-bingo/ 3y
TheLondonBookworm So up for this!!! 3y
brendanmleonard @aeeklund I just saw the bingo card! So awesome! 3y
Kirstin So happy to see this! I'm in! 👻 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I'm definitely all about this - the bingo card idea would be great! 3y
MichelleRoss Great idea! 3y
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