Read by Ghizela Rowe, David Shaw-Parker & Richard Mitchley (Unabridged: 8hrs 11mins)
Featuring stories by Virginia Woolf, Edith Nesbit, Edith Wharton, Elizabeth Gaskell & others.
Short stories have always been a sort of instant access into an author’s brain, their soul and heart. A few pages can lift our lives into locations, people and experiences with a sweep of landscape, narration, feelings and emotions that is difficult to achieve elsewhere.
In this series we try to offer up tried and trusted ‘Top Tens’ across many different themes and authors. But any anthology will immediately throw up the questions – Why that story? Why that author?
The theme itself will form the boundaries for our stories which range from well-known classics, newly told, to stories that modern times have overlooked but perfectly exemplify the theme. Throughout the volume our authors whether of instant recognition or new to you are all leviathans of literature.
Some you may disagree with but they will get you thinking; about our choices and about those you would have made. If this volume takes you on a path to discover more of these miniature masterpieces then we have all gained something.
Perhaps our first thought of Ghost stories is that they are written by men. Who else could handle the shocking demons as they pulsate across storylines with a reckless abandon and ambition? We should move to the equally prized second thought. Ghost stories by the fairer sex, the femme fatales. And whether they be gently assembling their forces or unleashing wild and willful ghosts these stories undoubtedly pack the punch and the fears in stories of unsettling form.
In this compilation -
|1 - The Top 10 - The Ghost Women - An Introduction
|2 - The Face in the Glass by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
|3 - The First Evening by Catherine Crowe
|4 - The Prediction by Mary Diana Dods
|5 - The Phantom Coach by Amelia Edwards
|6 - The Old Nurse's Story by Elizabeth Gaskell
|7 - Man-Size in Marble by Edith Nesbit
|8 - Amour Doure by Violet Paget
|9 - The Ghost in the Clock Room by Hesba Stretton
|10 - The Eyes by Edith Wharton
|11 - A Haunted House by Virginia Woolf