by Aidan Chambers
always enjoyed ghost stories. During the late 1960s and 1970s
I wrote quite a few and compiled a number of anthologies, often
of new stories written for me by authors I admire. Most of these
books are now out of print. So I was pleased when Kingfisher
asked if I'd like to put together a collection of some of my
favourite stories. This collection of fifteen is the result:
everything from ghosts of the all-too-visible and hair-raising
kind to those which are never seen but haunt the minds and disturb
the nerves of their victims. Some are from the USA, some from
Britain, some from the nineteenth century, some from the twentieth.
All are illustrated by Tim Stevens.
order of appearance the authors are August Derleth, Lance Salway,
Mark Twain, Robert Arthur, Jan Mark, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, John
Gordon, Aidan Chambers, R. Chetwynd-Hayes, Agatha Christie,
Robert Westall, Edgar Allan Poe, William Trevor, Catherine Storr
and Oscar Wilde.
will be simultaneous publication in Britain and the USA, and
in hard- and paperback.
First published by Kingfisher, September 2002
0 7534 0664 0 (UK hardback)
7534 0665 9 (UK paperback)