Interest in supernatural phenomena was high during Charles Dickens' lifetime. His natural inclination towards drama and the macabre lead him into the telling of ghost tales. Twelve ghosts stories are presented here, and the full range of Dickens' gothic talents can be seen.
Thomas Hardy was an English novelist and poet. In "Wessex Tales" his first collection of short stories, Hardy sought to record the legends, superstitions, local customs and lore of a Wessex that was rapidly passing out of memory. By turns humorous, ironic, macabre, and elegiac, these seven stories show the range of Hardy's story-telling gifts.
Jerome Klapka Jerome was an English writer and humourist. This collection of short stories includes Tommy and Co, a collection of funny tales about adventures of the group of journalists. In Told After Supper the members of a family and their guests turn to telling ghost stories after dinner. These stories get increasingly bizarre as the ghosts leap out of the tales and make an appearance in the family's home. In the mysterious story, Passing of the Third Floor Back, Christ-like stranger visits a run-down boarding home to transform the lives of its residents.