Edward Gorey's Haunted Looking Glass: A collection of ghost stories chosen and illustrated by Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey s Haunted Looking Glass A collection of ghost stories chosen and illustrated by Edward Gorey Edward Gorey s Haunted Looking Glass contains twelve classic haunting tales about ghosts and the supernatural The book s contents reads like a who s who of outstanding writers in the genre with cont

  • Title: Edward Gorey's Haunted Looking Glass: A collection of ghost stories chosen and illustrated by Edward Gorey
  • Author: Edward Gorey Algernon Blackwood W.W. Jacobs Wilkie Collins M.R. James William Fryer Harvey Charles Dickens L.P. Hartley
  • ISBN: 9780517448984
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edward Gorey s Haunted Looking Glass contains twelve classic, haunting tales about ghosts and the supernatural The book s contents reads like a who s who of outstanding writers in the genre, with contributions from such authors as Bram Stoker, Algernon Blackwood, M R James, Wilkie Collins, L P Hartley, E Nesbit, Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Dickens, and others NoEdward Gorey s Haunted Looking Glass contains twelve classic, haunting tales about ghosts and the supernatural The book s contents reads like a who s who of outstanding writers in the genre, with contributions from such authors as Bram Stoker, Algernon Blackwood, M R James, Wilkie Collins, L P Hartley, E Nesbit, Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Dickens, and others Nomally, any collection with such outstanding authors would be of special value Yet this volume is than just a short story collection it is a compilation of twelve favorite stories chosen by the well known illustrator and author, Edward Gorey Each story comes to life in a haunting Gorey illustration that was tailor made for each spine chilling tale.The stories chosen by Gorey are from original anthologies of the individual authors works Here readers will encounter the knife wielding Dream Woman the missing marble figures the mysterious body snatcher and the mystical monkey s paw, among other eerie characters and objects Each writer has chosen an unusual supernatural element around which to weave a plot of horror and suspense.The eerie quality of each Gorey illustration lends an air of foreboding of what is to come before the tale s final twist The collection includes Algernon Blackwood s The Empty House, Casting the Runes by M R James, L P Hartley s A Visitor from Down Under, Charles Dickens s The Signalman, August Heat by W F Harvey, and The Judge s House by Bram Stoker, among others Although the book contains the work of twelve very different writers, the spooky illustrations tie the collection together, enhancing the supernatural quality of each story Anyone who enjoys a good scare will find this volume absolutely irresistible ALGERNON BLACKWOOD, The Empty House W.F HARVEY, August Heat CHARLES DICKENS, The Signalman L.P HARTLEY, A Visitor from Down Under R.H MALDEN, The Thirteenth Tree ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, The Body Snatcher E NESBIT, Man Size in Marble BRAM STOKER, The Judge s House TOM HOOD, The Shadow of a Shade W.W JACOBS, The Monkey s Paw, WILKIE COLLINS, The Dream Woman M.R JAMES, Casting the Runes

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    About “Edward Gorey Algernon Blackwood W.W. Jacobs Wilkie Collins M.R. James William Fryer Harvey Charles Dickens L.P. Hartley

    • Edward Gorey Algernon Blackwood W.W. Jacobs Wilkie Collins M.R. James William Fryer Harvey Charles Dickens L.P. Hartley

      Born in Chicago, Gorey came from a colorful family his parents, Helen Dunham Garvey and Edward Lee Gorey, divorced in 1936 when he was 11, then remarried in 1952 when he was 27 One of his step mothers was Corinna Mura, a cabaret singer who had a brief role in the classic film Casablanca His father was briefly a journalist Gorey s maternal great grandmother, Helen St John Garvey, was a popular 19th century greeting card writer artist, from whom he claimed to have inherited his talents He attended a variety of local grade schools and then the Francis W Parker School He spent 1944 1946 in the Army at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, and then attended Harvard University from 1946 to 1950, where he studied French and roomed with future poet Frank O Hara.Although he would frequently state that his formal art training was negligible , Gorey studied art for one semester at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 1943, eventually becoming a professional illustrator From 1953 to 1960, he lived in New York City and worked for the Art Department of Doubleday Anchor, illustrating book covers and in some cases adding illustrations to the text He has illustrated works as diverse as Dracula by Bram Stoker, The War of the Worlds by H G Wells, and Old Possum s Book of Practical Cats by T S Eliot In later years he illustrated many children s books by John Bellairs, as well as books in several series begun by Bellairs and continued by other authors after his death.



    383 thoughts on “Edward Gorey's Haunted Looking Glass: A collection of ghost stories chosen and illustrated by Edward Gorey

    • So the great Gorey and I have some of the same tastes in fiction. And we both like cats.Some of these stories are well known - such as "The Monkey's Paw", which is one of those stories that never grows stale at all. Others are not, such as "August Heat", a rather chilling tale. What is interesting is that Blakwood's story "The Empty House" and Wilkie Collins' "The Dream Woman" make use of rather strong women, where as the others don't. In fact, Nesbit's story seems to be also poking fun at the c [...]


    • My favorite stories were M.R. James' "Casting the Runes" and E. Nesbit's "Man-Size in Marble," although the latter was a bit sad -- I liked her newlyweds so much that I really wanted them to have a happy ending. I could've read a ghost-free novel about them writing and painting and studying folklore and being sweet in their odd little cottage. Kind of a funny coincidence: I felt the same way about Patricia McKillip's short story The Kelpie, which also featured turn-of-the-century artistic types. [...]


    • A wonderful collection of ghost stories.If you have Dickens "The Signalman" and M. R. James "The Casting of the Runes" included, then you know you are on to a winner.Highly recommended HAPPY CHILLS!


    • I just received a replacement copy for the missing-who-knows-how-long hardcover from my collection. Guess what I'm looking forward to for All Hallow's Read? Perfect!personal copy


    • This is one of the most interesting books I've read of late, I must say. It's a collection of short fiction from the turn of the last century, writer Edward Gorey's favorites, and they range from odd to downright spooky. It begins with explorers in a haunted house, and over 250 pages manages to cover much of the breadth of late Victorian English ghost stories.Each tale is definitely unique. A couple involve haunted houses, some demons from hell, mysterious magic, ancient curses, strange events, [...]


    • An excellent collection of ghostly tales, gathered together by the immensely popular artist and master of the macabre, Edward Gorey. Gorey sketched an illustration for each story, thus making this superb collection a must for every lover of a good scary story, and certainly any collector of Gorey's art.


    • This was a good read. The stories weren't terribly long and I passed the autumn day away reading. The stories are older or they have an old quality about them. They're thrilling in a different sense, I suppose, than horror books that are produced nowadays. My favorites are "The Empty House" and "The Dream Woman". I also enjoyed reading "The Signalman" which I had previously heard as an audio-recording. The recording was called "Classic Ghost Stories" and all of the works had been written either [...]


    • A selection of ghost stories by the likes of Algernon Blackwood, Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Wilkie Collins, etc all selected by Edward Gorey. What's NOT to love?Excellent collection of gothic Victorian ghost stories - it's the perfect read for late fall / early winter nights.


    • I really enjoyed this collection of Ghost Stories, which includes works by Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, M. R. James, and others.There were several that I have read many, many times over the years, which were well worth a repeat read, and, best of all, I did discover a few new to me gems that I loved, such as "August Heat".Highly recommended to anyone in search of a quick & creepy Halloween read.


    • Exquisite ghost stories from the masters. Fun pinning out which modern horror writers read (and borrowed from) which master or mistress. And there is no beating Gorey's illustrations.


    • A great collection of classic chillers from a variety of authors. The collection includes three of my favourite tales - 'Casting the Runes' by M.R. James, 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens, and 'The Monkey's Paw' by W.W. Jacobs. Other favourites and new discoveries (for me) were 'The Empty House' by Algernon Blackwood, 'August Heat' by W.F. Harvey, 'The Shadow of a Shade' by Tom Hood, and 'The Body Snatcher' by R.L. Stevenson. All the stories were good though. What makes this collection extra s [...]


    • Wonderfully chilling book. These are all horror classics, stories that I've seen referenced or parodied by modern writers, but never read in the original. Except for the Dickens story (I've never enjoyed Dickens), each one was thoroughly absorbing. The number of Gorey illustrations is the only disappointing part - there's only one per story and some of them really don't do justice to the spine-tingling qualities of the story they depict. Fabulous collection!


    • I can't think of a book that has brought me more pleasure. These stories are very English and very direct. The ghosts featured in this story aren't shy about making their presence known. But what I loved about these stories was the sharp contrast between the warm cozy indoors of the parlor, library or club compared to the wet and gloomy atmosphere outdoors. I will definitely be seeking out more stories by some of these lesser-known (to me anyway) authors, particularly Algernon Blackwell.


    • Boo! Scary good collection of ghost stories, with unsettling illustrations by Edward Gorey. Very few I hadn't read before, but features two of my all-time favorites ("The Signalman" and "The Monkey's Paw"), two of the best by Bram Stoker and M. R. James ("The Judge's House" and "Casting the Runes"), plus good ones by E. Nesbit and Robert Louis Stevenson, and two creepy ones I'd never heard of ("August Heat" by W.F. Harvey, and "The Thirteenth Tree" by R.H. Malden). Eek!


    • A set of fun gothic horror stories with a picture by Edward Gorey for each one. I might have to track down one or two of the authors to see what else they've done.


    • What an odd little volume! I picked this up in a second hand store a while ago, and found it intriguing. Edward Gorey chose the stories, and charmingly illustrated the title page of each. However, as an anthology it totally fails: there's no forward, no introductions, no afterward, no context whatsoever for why the stories were chosen and presented as such. Most of the stories were from the 19th century, but not all, and there's no reason given for that choice. Almost all of the stories are by w [...]


    • Writing masters and a master artist from an earlier age, when horror came from innermost fears not visual splatter. Wonderful combination.



    • My favorite story was the one about the ghost who had to take a bus back from his haunting. I was initially disappointed in Gorey's illustrations although actually a handful of them are very good.


    • I did not enjoy this one as much as Roahl Dahl's collection but it was appropriately spooky and good Rainy October read.


    • This is a great anthology of creepy stories. Edward Gorey's selection, and he has done himself proud. I highly recommend this.


    • A very enjoyable read. The volume contained some stories I immensely enjoyed while others were less impressive. My favourite was "The judges house" by bram stoker, reminding me of the fact that dracula is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. But most of the stories and most of the writing of all the authers was highly captivating. Altogether it is a lovely collection of Ghost Stories recommendable to anyone who likes that type of story.


    • This is an odd collection of ghost stories, chosen by Edward Gorey himself. I guess a lot has changed in the 50+ years since this particular mix of stories was chosen since only a few really worked for me. Since I grew up reading the likes of Stephen King and Clive Barker, in addition to being a fan of 'The Twilight Zone' and 'The X-Files', I found most of the stories quaintly spooky, with only a couple of them goosebumps worthy.Usually with anthologies I only point out the ones I liked but ther [...]


    • Edward Gorey's illustrations are great but most of the stories were pretty average, with the exception of 'August Heat', which was wonderfully creepy, and has really stuck with me.


    • A collection of Victorian and Edwardian ghost stories each with an illustration by the ever-pleasing Edward Gorey. All of the stories fit into Gorey's peculiar aesthetic, and several such as Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Body-Snatcher" and W.W. Jacob's "The Monkey's Paw" have become ubiquitous without losing their power. There was one or two that failed to do anything for me. I'm looking at you "The Thirteenth Tree". R.H. Malden's story of a man's vision at a friend's country estate has an eerie [...]


    • Thoroughly enjoyable, mildly chilling.Definite standouts: A visitor from down under by L.P. Hartley, and Casting the runes by M.R. James.I don't think it's a coincidence that these two didn't follow the very traditional first-person narrated story that generally starts with an earnest assertion of truth despite impossibility, which describes most of the others stories here. Both of those stories took a more novel-like structure, with chapters, different viewpoints, and even some character develo [...]


    • This is a collection of short stories selected by Edward Gorey, covering the genre of ghost stories. Each tale is illustrated by him. These are in the classic mode of leaving most of the true horror "off screen" in the mind of the reader. Authors included in the collection range from Charles Dickens (The Signalman), Robert Louis Stevenson (The Body-Snatcher), Bram Stoker(The Judge's House), E. Nesbit (Man-size in Marble) and Wilkie Collins (The Dream Women), among others. Each brings their own t [...]


    • 2.5 starsAn collection of ghost stories from some of the most famous Victorian Era writers. Edward Gorey's collection includes Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Wilkie Collins, and more. While that sounds impressive in reality the collection barely registers a chill or two. The first two tales did produce minor shivers and Bram Stoker's The Judge's House was a well written piece. Plus it was nice to see The Monkey's Paw included but having read it in eighth grade it wasn't th [...]


    • Disappointing. The stories get better as you step through them, but too many are simply plot driven and the plot is predictable. The last several stories are better at setting a mood, but I'm not sure they make up for the poorer stories.


    • A mixed bag, but overall some pretty good ghost stories. As the book progressed, the stories got better. E. Nesbit's Man Sized Marble was probably my favorite; it started with Nesbit's quirky style, with humorous asides, but became an altogether different kind of horrifying tale at by the end. I hadn't read The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs since I was in high school (where everyone probably last read it) - I was pleasantly surprised at how good the short story actually is. Bram Stoker's The Judge [...]


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