Ghostly: A Collection Of Ghost Stories by Audrey NiffeneggerGhostly: A Collection Of Ghost Stories by Audrey Niffenegger

Ghostly: A Collection Of Ghost Stories

EditorAudrey Niffenegger

Hardcover | September 29, 2015

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Collected and introduced by the bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry--including Audrey Niffenegger's own fabulous new illustrations for each piece, and a new story by her--this is a unique and haunting anthology of some of the best ghost stories of all time.
     From Edgar Allan Poe to Kelly Link, M.R. James to Neil Gaiman, H.H. Munro to Audrey Niffenegger herself, Ghostly reveals the evolution of the ghost story genre with tales going back to the eighteenth century and into the modern era, ranging across styles from Gothic Horror to Victorian, stories about haunting--haunted children, animals, houses. Every story is introduced by Audrey Niffenegger, an acclaimed master of the craft, with some words on its background and why she chose to include it. Audrey's own story is "A Secret Life With Cats."
     Perfect for the classic and contemporary ghost story aficionado, this is a delightful volume, beautifully illustrated by Audrey, who is a graphic artist with great vision. Ghostly showcases the best of the best in the field, including Edith Wharton, P.G. Wodehouse, A.S. Byatt, Ray Bradbury, and so many more.
AUDREY NIFFENEGGER is a visual artist and a guide at Highgate Cemetery. In addition to the bestselling novels The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, she is the author of three illustrated novels, The Three Incestuous Sisters, The Adventuress, and The Night Bookmobile, and the editor of Ghostly. She lives in Chicago and Lond...
Title:Ghostly: A Collection Of Ghost StoriesFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:464 pages, 9.3 × 6.18 × 1.47 inShipping dimensions:9.3 × 6.18 × 1.47 inPublished:September 29, 2015Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345810317

ISBN - 13:9780345810311

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An anthology of chilling ghost stories Ghostly is an anthology of 16 ghost stories, edited, introduced and illustrated by Audrey Niffenegger. In the introduction, the author says the stories are about “haunted houses, lovers, children and cats”, and this about sums up the subject of the tales in this book. My favorite is “Honeysuckle Cottage” by P.G. Wodehouse where a mystery writer inherits a house from his aunt, a romance author, and strange things straight out of a romance novel start to happen. I didn’t know that ghost stories could be funny, and this tale is an excellent illustration of that. I also really enjoyed “Pomegranate Seed” by Edith Wharton where a woman who has just married a widower is worried about strange letters arriving for her husband. Audrey Niffenegger’s own story, “Secret Life With Cats”, is about a woman who volunteers at a cat shelter where she meets an old lady she becomes friends with. It’s only in the last few pages that ghosts appear. The author also provided black and white illustrations at the start of each story, and they are a nice addition to the book. Some of the tales in Ghostly are really short — “The Open Window” by Saki is only 6 pages long — while others are longer. Some are relatively old — “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe was published in 1843 — while others are more recent — “Click-Clack the Rattlebag” by Neil Gaiman first appeared in 2012. However, none of the tales in this book are gory. They are chilling though. My advice: don’t read them on a dark and stormy night… Ghostly was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
Date published: 2015-11-19

Editorial Reviews

“[A] handsome collection to leave us deliciously chilled. . . . [Niffenegger’s] illustrations are sympathetic, skilful, and in places decidedly unsettling.” —Sarah Perry, The Guardian “[C]risp. . . . [T]he best [stories] . . . do an excellent job of evoking that crucial frisson of dread.” —Publishers Weekly“Niffenegger is a master of the supernatural . . . she knows a good horror story when she sees one.” —Bustle “From a contemporary master of spooky stories comes an anthology of the best ghost stories.” —The Millions“[A]n eclectic collection of literary ghost stories, adorned with [Niffenegger’s] graceful black and white drawings. . . . This spooky stocking-filler would be a good bet if you’re not sure what the bookworm in the family has read.” —The Sydney Morning Herald“Each tale is so succinctly spun, so carefully rendered, that you’ll likely groan when putting the book down to answer the knock of trick-or-treaters. My suggestion: Leave the candy on the porch for grabbing, make a nice hot cup of tea and let the words do the haunting.” —April Robertson, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette“[Ghostly is a] luscious collection. . . . Niffenegger has a lovely tone and the introductions really enable you to pick a story to suit a mood. . . . [T]he sort of thing you will keep for years. Lucky really, as you’ll probably only be able to manage a couple of stories per year.” —The Debrief “Spiky social satire gives these chilling tales more bite. A wonderfully creepy collection. . . . Niffenegger’s ‘Secret Life with Cats’ . . . left me reeling.” —Liz Hoggard, The Independent (4 stars) “Selections tend to veer towards the quirky rather than the terrifying and I loved Niffenegger’s . . . Secret Life, With Cats, even though I’m Team Dog.” —Sarra Manning, Red “Niffenegger’s illustrations are beautiful and haunting as ever, her brief introductions are insightful, and some of the stories are particularly memorable. . . . [F]or a collection of traditional Gothic-style ghost stories spanning the past two centuries, Ghostly is about the best you could ever ask for.” —Gapers Block