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The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories
The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories | Arthur Conan Doyle, Walter Scott
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The first-ever collection of Victorian Christmas ghost stories, culled from rare 19th-century periodicals During the Victorian era, it became traditional for publishers of newspapers and magazines to print ghost stories during the Christmas season for chilling winter reading by the fireside or candlelight. Now for the first time thirteen of these tales are collected here, including a wide range of stories from a diverse group of authors, some well-known, others anonymous or forgotten. Readers whose only previous experience with Victorian Christmas ghost stories has been Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" will be surprised and delighted at the astonishing variety of ghostly tales in this volume. "In the sickly light I saw it lying on the bed, with its grim head on the pillow. A man? Or a corpse arisen from its unhallowed grave, and awaiting the demon that animated it?" - John Berwick Harwood, "Horror: A True Tale" "Suddenly I aroused with a start and as ghostly a thrill of horror as ever I remember to have felt in my life. Something--what, I knew not--seemed near, something nameless, but unutterably awful." - Ada Buisson, "The Ghost's Summons" "There was no longer any question what she was, or any thought of her being a living being. Upon a face which wore the fixed features of a corpse were imprinted the traces of the vilest and most hideous passions which had animated her while she lived." - Walter Scott, "The Tapestried Chamber"
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dabbe
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I am a freaky fan of all things Victorian, especially stories. Throw in ghosts, and I'm there! Throw in Christmas, and I'll meet you with a cup of peppermint Schnapps and hot cocoa. This was a collection, and I hadn't heard of most of the authors, so these gems are hard to find. Some were hokey, some were serious, all were fun. Time to sit by the cozy fire and start reading!

TheBookHippie Oh these I need!!! 3d
dabbe @TheBookHippie They have other books, too! Perfect for this time of year. 😊 2d
TheBookHippie @dabbe I was looking my grandma read us Victorian ghost stories at Christmas and @IamIamIam suggested these then I saw your amazing pic and now I need them all. 2d
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dabbe @TheBookHippie Well, it helps if I remember what pictures I post. #duh!

I haven't read the others yet but will definitely read at least one by 12/31!
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dabbe @TheBookHippie Well, it helps if I remember what pictures I post. #duh!

I haven't read the others yet but will definitely read at least one by 12/31!
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IamIamIam 🥰🎄👻 2d
TheBookHippie @dabbe 😂😂😂😂♥️ 2d
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rsteve388
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Not this author but close enough.

This collection of short ghost stories for Christmas was a fun and enjoyable read. While not all.the stories are to my liking enough of them were fun to engage with. Would recommend for short story lovers.

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Gina
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Super excited about this lil xmas collection♡

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Chrys
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This book is a collection of ghost stories from the various publications that put them out during the Christmas season in Victorian Britain. Some were of course better than others, but I really enjoyed reading them and the concept of ghost stories as a Christmas tradition (not surprising as Halloween is my favorite holiday)

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Michael_Gee
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Our last book club meet for 2020 was on this delicious collection of 13 stories. It showcases a variety of what ghosts can represent and range in tone from very funny to somewhat chilling. It was a “pick” for everyone, which was a great way to end the year! 🎄💀🖤 I look forward to reading the other volumes in the years to come.

batsy This sounds good! 👻🎄 2y
Michael_Gee @batsy I recommend it! And isn‘t the cover just great? 2y
batsy It is! 👌🏽 2y
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vivastory Love Valancourt! I'm patiently awaiting my copy of 2y
Michael_Gee @vivastory Oh awesome! That looks so good. Did you get the special edition hardback? 2y
vivastory I was really tempted & where I finally comitted they had just sold out. Might have to check ebay because the map the special edition includes sounds really awesome 2y
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khooliha
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Turns out the way to get a pick out of me, when I am wavering, is to end your collection with a killer story about a doll ghost. Who knew!

khooliha It's not a bad collection, but I want less filler and more killer, even if the "killer" in question is just seeing a vaguely human-shaped mist blotch. 4y
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khooliha
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Good to know terrible brains like mine have existed since Victorian times!

Gezemice Nice! 😁👍 4y
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khooliha
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I am in the least Victorian-y, Chirstmas-y setting (a cover band is jamming in the background too), so bring on the ghosts!

khooliha Update: the story about setting innocent people on fire ended with a PUNCHLINE and it was GREAT 4y
Michael_Gee LOL I can‘t wait to read this. 2y
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khooliha
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I might be home for the holidays, but I gotta stay #onbrand

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Jakaranda
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@LeahBergen Ready to start my second story. Perhaps the one about grim head on the pillow which would be me home sick with the flu barely able to boil water for my last Davids Tea. Sob.

LeahBergen Ooo! I like that mug! ❤️ 5y
Ilovemyfreckles That book looks right up my alley! 5y
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