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Famous Ghost Stories (1944) [Anthology]
by E. F. Benson Ambrose Bierce Algernon Blackwood Edward Bulwer-Lytton August Derleth Isak Dinesen W. F. Harvey W. W. Jacobs M. R. James Rudyard Kipling Brander Matthews Thorp McClusky Richard Middleton Oliver Onions Saki Mark Schorer Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Deep in the heart of every human being, no matter how rational or skeptical, there lurks a fascination for the weird and occult. Disbelief does not lay ghosts, nor do the tests of science exorcise them. Stairs creak in the dark with the tread of unseen visitors; cemeteries send up midnight apparitions; and headless horsemen ride in the moonlight.

In this collection of Famous Ghost Stories, Bennett Cerf has included such classics of the supernatural as "The Beckoning Fair One," "The Willows," "The Supper at Elsinore" and "The Phantom Rickshaw."


  • Introductory Note by Bennett Cerf
  • The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The Damned Thing by Ambrose Bierce
  • The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs
  • The Phantom 'Rickshaw by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Willows by Algernon Blackwood
  • The Rival Ghosts by Brander Matthews
  • The Man Who Went too Far by E. F. Benson
  • The Mezzotint by M. R. James
  • The Open Window by "Saki"
  • The Beckoning Fair One by Oliver Onions
  • On the Brighton Road by Richard Middleton
  • The Considerate Hosts by Thorp McClusky
  • August Heat by W. F. Harvey
  • The Return of Andrew Bentley by A. W. Derleth and Mark Schorer
  • The Supper at Elsinore by Isak Dinesen
  • The Current Crop of Ghost Stories by Bennett Cerf

Original title: Famous Ghost Stories
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHorrorGhosts
FictionHorrorHaunted Houses

The following works are contained within this one:
     Haunted and the Haunters, the; or, The House and the Brain (1859) [Novelette]
      Author: Edward Bulwer-Lytton
     Phantom 'Rickshaw, the (1885) [Novelette]
      Author: Rudyard Kipling
     Damned Thing, the (1893) [Short Story]
      Author: Ambrose Bierce
     Monkey's Paw, the (1902) [Short Story]
      Author: W. W. Jacobs
     Willows, the (1907) [Novelette]
      Author: Algernon Blackwood
     August Heat (1910) [Short Story]
      Author: W. F. Harvey
     Open Window, the (1911) [Short Story]
      Author: Saki

Edition #1: Famous Ghost Stories

Famous Ghost Stories (1944)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Bennett A. Cerf
Introduction by: Bennett A. Cerf
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Famous Ghost Stories (1956)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Modern Library
Pages: 361
Notes: Modern Library Paperback P21
Undated; published fall 1956

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