Edith Nesbit is perhaps best known for her story The Railway Children and most people assume that she wrote for children only. This was not the case and her ghost stories are much anthologised. I particularly like John Charrington's Wedding and Man-Size in Marble as they are very well told and Man-Size in Marble is particularly creepy as you can feel the terror of the husband knowing that his wife has been visited by the figures from the church with fatal consequences. The Violet Car is also a very effective ghost story.
This volume contains 20 stories and some are a little hit and miss. Perhaps Nesbit's audience was more easily scared than a present day audience but nonetheless the ghost stories are worth a read, particularly for the three I've mentioned, and the book is good value.
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Some good stories with some better than othersReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 December 2016
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The dark side of E Nesbit - ghost stories where the horror cannot be escapedReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2013
I had already read the more famous of the supernatural short stories in this book, Man Size in Marble, and enjoyed it, so I wanted to read more by the same author. The prose style is clear and direct, and horrible things happen and are described explicitly, where in other stories of the time & style there is more distancing and the protagnists may survive. People are living ordinary lives that are then destroyed, the innocent and the guilty are both struck down - simple but effective disurbing things happen that stay with you. I preferred to read this book in strong sunlight.
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A very impressive collectionReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 January 2013
I was impressed with this collection and thought the author made an excellent fist of writing in this genre. I was aware of her more whimsical works of children's fiction and particularly the famous Railway Children, but did not know she also had a formidable track record in supernatural fiction. Some of the stories are genuinely spooky although I would have to rate her contemporary English writer, MR James he superior in chilling effectiveness. However her first story in this volume, the much anthologised Man-size in Marble, is up there with the best of such stories and is a worthy introduction to those unfamiliar with her work in this genre.
but this title proves she was an important writer of weird fiction and intelligent horror. My favourite story was The Shadow - .Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 June 2016
Edith Nesbit is known for her children's stories, but this title proves she was an important writer of weird fiction and intelligent horror. My favourite story was The Shadow - deliciously gruesome without a drop of blood or spilled guts in sight!
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KINDLE EDITION HAS JUST ONE STORY. Avoid and buy the book.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 April 2016
On downloading this book I was very disappointed to discover that the Kindle version contains just a single story "The Power of Darkness". The paperback contains 20 stories. Clearly in transcribing the book to the Kindle someone has become confused. The story itself is entertaining enough to make me want to buy the book.