Short Story Reviews: "Ghostly Tales: Spine-Chilling Stories of the Victorian Age"

Updated: 7 days ago

"This collection of tales will transport you to a time when staircases creaked in old manor houses, and a candle could be blown out by a gust of wind, or by a passing ghost. Penned by some of the greatest Victorian novelists and masters of the ghost story genre, these stories come alive alongside exquisitely eerie art in this special illustrated edition."

Note: When I do short story book reviews, I will only be doing one story at a time because I have other books I need to move on to (and a majority of short story collections can sometimes have 30 or more stories in them!). These will be quick reviews because they are short stories. So, without further ado, the reviews.

"Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad" by M.R. James

A professor decides to go on vacation to work on his golf game while doing a little side work in the town's archaeology, but when he digs up an old whistle and blows into it, he instantly regrets what the whistle brings.

Liked: the buildup to the climax was done masterfully, and the superstition that was used as the premise of the story

Disliked: that the ending is never explained

"The Old Nurse's Story" by Elizabeth Gaskell

When a governess and her ward are taken to a haunted house, they found out that everyone has to pay for their misdeeds.

Liked: the perfect example of what Victorian ghost stories were

Disliked: Nothing; I really enjoyed this one

"The Signalman" by Charles Dickens

A railroad signalman tells a co-worker that he is seeing a ghost that warns him of future accidents, but his co-worker can't tell if he's telling the truth or losing his mind.

Liked: an excellent ghost story; I wish it were an entire novel

Disliked: nothing

More to come soon...

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