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A Collection of Ghost Stories

Audrey Niffenegger


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Collected and introduced by the bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry—including her own fabulous new illustrations for each piece, and a new story by Niffenegger—this is a unique and haunting anthology of some of the best ghost stories of all time.

From Edgar Allen 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, with a particular bent toward 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. Niffenegger’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. 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.

Praise For Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories

Praise for Ghostly and Audrey Niffenegger

“Audrey Niffenegger has gone and put together a collection of the most chilling short stories around… if you’re a collector this book is perfect for you. It has all the classics in one place.”
Marie Claire 

“Niffenegger has taken pains to bring together stories showing the full range of the ghost story… her illustrations are sympathetic, skillful, and in places decidedly unsettling…”
The Guardian 

“Perfectly timed for fall… Spine-tingling.”
Chicago Tribune 

“Niffenegger both assembled a range of stories — classics by Edgar Allan Poe and M.R. James, more modern tales from Neil Gaiman and Kelly Link — and illustrated them, as well as contributed her own new, creepy work. Read it in bed and sleep with the extra light on.”

"Audrey Niffenegger is a master of the supernatural, from her bestselling The Time Traveler’s Wife to the less well-known Her Fearful Symmetry, so she knows a good horror story when she sees one. Ghostly is her collection of the best of the genre, as well as her own spooky tale, “A Secret Life With Cats.""

"Niffenegger includes crisp introductions that provide context... The best stories do an excellent job of evoking that crucial frisson of dread."
Publishers Weekly 

"Niffenegger uses her skills with chills to select and introduce top-notch ghost stories."
Library Journal 

Scribner, 9781501111198, 464pp.

Publication Date: October 6, 2015

About the Author

Audrey Niffenegger is a writer and visual artist who lives in Chicago and London. She has published two novels, The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, and many illustrated books including The Night Bookmobile and Raven Girl. She is currently at work on The Other Husband, a sequel to The Time Traveler’s Wife, which is now an HBO series. 

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