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...it is an universal phenomenon of our nature that the mournful, the fearful, even the horrible, allures with irresistible enchantment.' Chaucer Burr, Memoir, 1850. The Wordsworth Book of Horror Stories is a superb collection of some of the greatest tales of the genre, many are classics while others are lesser -known gems unearthed from this vintage era of the supernatura ...it is an universal phenomenon of our nature that the mournful, the fearful, even the horrible, allures with irresistible enchantment.' Chaucer Burr, Memoir, 1850. The Wordsworth Book of Horror Stories is a superb collection of some of the greatest tales of the genre, many are classics while others are lesser -known gems unearthed from this vintage era of the supernatural. From time immemorial, man the world over has drawn upon the worst fears of his conscious and subconscious mind to furnish legends of terrror. In this volume authors such as M.R.James, Le Fanu, Henry James, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Bierce, Balzac, Gaskell, and many others invite you to close the curtains, lock the doors, draw the armchair closer to the blazing fire and settle down to a spine-chilling read.


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...it is an universal phenomenon of our nature that the mournful, the fearful, even the horrible, allures with irresistible enchantment.' Chaucer Burr, Memoir, 1850. The Wordsworth Book of Horror Stories is a superb collection of some of the greatest tales of the genre, many are classics while others are lesser -known gems unearthed from this vintage era of the supernatura ...it is an universal phenomenon of our nature that the mournful, the fearful, even the horrible, allures with irresistible enchantment.' Chaucer Burr, Memoir, 1850. The Wordsworth Book of Horror Stories is a superb collection of some of the greatest tales of the genre, many are classics while others are lesser -known gems unearthed from this vintage era of the supernatural. From time immemorial, man the world over has drawn upon the worst fears of his conscious and subconscious mind to furnish legends of terrror. In this volume authors such as M.R.James, Le Fanu, Henry James, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Bierce, Balzac, Gaskell, and many others invite you to close the curtains, lock the doors, draw the armchair closer to the blazing fire and settle down to a spine-chilling read.

30 review for The Wordsworth Book Of Horror Stories (Special Editions)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Stahl

    This book is bloody humongous. Within its pages there consists of some - if not all - of the greatest horror tales ever written between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. There are many stories included in this compilation - by the likes of Balzac, Dickens, Bierce, Poe, and M.R.James to name a few - and they range from terrible to average to great to magnificent. Although I am pleased to say that for all the weeks it took me to read this massive book, I will never regret the time I spent re This book is bloody humongous. Within its pages there consists of some - if not all - of the greatest horror tales ever written between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. There are many stories included in this compilation - by the likes of Balzac, Dickens, Bierce, Poe, and M.R.James to name a few - and they range from terrible to average to great to magnificent. Although I am pleased to say that for all the weeks it took me to read this massive book, I will never regret the time I spent reading it. Most of the stories are simply amazing, and it really makes you realize how much the quality of literature has declined since the end of the twentieth century. While the bigger names like Dickens and Oscar Wilde offer merely decent stories, you will also find some absolute diamonds by M.R.James, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (famously known for Sherlock Holmes). If I was to suggest the ultimate experience in classical/gothic horror, this book would surely be it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jon Carroll Thomas

    Recently, I had a little Halloween party at my house and my friends referenced Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I didn't know what they were talking about. Now I do. Recently, I had a little Halloween party at my house and my friends referenced Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I didn't know what they were talking about. Now I do.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dani Bailey

    Yeah going to read this one every October until finished. Just loving oldie time horror stories here as a great escape. How strange is that? A little I know. They're not really like what we know today as horror, and for that I am glad. Because this is better and piques a curiosity that is simple and deep versus the garbage in today's world. Welp, that's probably too honest but 🤷‍♀️ Yeah going to read this one every October until finished. Just loving oldie time horror stories here as a great escape. How strange is that? A little I know. They're not really like what we know today as horror, and for that I am glad. Because this is better and piques a curiosity that is simple and deep versus the garbage in today's world. Welp, that's probably too honest but 🤷‍♀️

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tristram Shandy

    Neither fish nor fowl The term “horror” can indeed be misleading, as it simply refers to a state of mind characterised by an intense feeling of fear and anxiety and leaves undefined the source that inspires us with this emotion. The cover of the book and our general use of the word “horror” as a literary genre, however, clearly imply the realm of the supernatural. In “The Wordsworth Book of Horror Stories”, an impressive collection of more than 100 19th century stories, horror can also be the resu Neither fish nor fowl The term “horror” can indeed be misleading, as it simply refers to a state of mind characterised by an intense feeling of fear and anxiety and leaves undefined the source that inspires us with this emotion. The cover of the book and our general use of the word “horror” as a literary genre, however, clearly imply the realm of the supernatural. In “The Wordsworth Book of Horror Stories”, an impressive collection of more than 100 19th century stories, horror can also be the result of completely human machinations, which may poleaxe the inveterate fan of the classical ghost story from time to time. Among these latter stories, let me name “A Terribly Strange Bed” by Wilkie Collins or “The Brazilian Cat” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a tale that indeed creates immense tension without unduly incommoding creatures from beyond. Most of the stories, however, fall into the category of genuine horror stories in that they present us with unholy apparitions, voices from the grave or undefinable evil forces. Yet they are of different quality. The anthology contains probably the complete ghost stories by M.R. James, a writer, who is renowned for his subtlety and and finesse of imagination; we find three classic ghost stories by Dickens (“The Story of the Bagman’s Uncle”, “To Be Taken with a Grain of Salt”, and, of course, “The Signalman”), Wilde’s masterpiece “The Canterville Ghost” and Hawthorne’s obligatory “Young Goodman Brown”. There are also some bloodcurdling stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, among which “The Brown Hand” and “The Ring of Thoth” seem the most successful ones to me. Three other household name writers are Edgar Allan Poe (“The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat”) as well as Robert Louis Stevenson (“Markheim” and the Scots story “Thrawn Janet”) and Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, who is represented with twelve stories, among which “Green Tea” is certainly the one best known. On the other hand the reader will encounter less familiar ghost stories, e.g. W.H. Hodgson’s “The Gateway of the Monster”, Bierce’s “The Damned Thing” and, one of my favourites here, Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner”. Very few of these stories were written by authors from outside Anglo-Saxon culture (Pushkin and Maupassant). Undoubtedly the fan of horror fiction will get a lot for his money if he buys this anthology, but there are certain flaws, the first of which is the mixture of ghost and mere suspense stories under the term “horror”. Another drawback is the lack of even the slightest morsel of biographic information on the authors, who are just listed alphabetically. What I also find disappointing is that it is not always the most hair-raising stories that have been chosen for every author – this becomes especially clear with regard to Ambrose Bierce, who has really concocted more unsettling stuff. Those whose private book collections are as yet untainted by the unearthly whisper of ghostly voices can surely profit from this collection, whereas the real fan will hardly find anything unknown here.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Partha Chowdhury

    Classic tales of supernatural, ghosts and horror. Always enjoyable.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andra Nicoara

    Amazing collection of short horror stories, perfect to read before going to bed, haha!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rob Wiltsher

    One of the best compendiums of horror and spooky tales I have ever read....

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mohamed

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aria Soltani

  10. 4 out of 5

    Daria Dykes

  11. 5 out of 5

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  12. 5 out of 5

    snohvatica

  13. 4 out of 5

    Misty

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mar Mar #bookoholic

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carlos Maduro

  16. 4 out of 5

    Justin Alcala

  17. 5 out of 5

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  18. 4 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Carol Hughes

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  26. 4 out of 5

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