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Nightshade : 20th century ghost stories
Phillips, Robert, 1938-
First Carroll and Graf edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
xvii, 470 pages ; 24 cm
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PR1309.G5 N54 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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From Rudyard Kipling to Joyce Carol Oates, this century's literary masters offer 28 tales of terror in a companion volume to The Triumph of the Night.

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Booklist Review

How's this for a good opening-line hook for a story: "I would only draw pictures of an ocean liner, a long sleek liner with four raked funnels." How can the reader not want to learn why the narrator is so obsessed with ocean liners? This story, "Lost Lives" by Max Eberts, is just one of the delectable ghostly stories gathered in a new, compelling companion to editor Phillips' first such anthology, Triumph of the Night (1989). Here to be enjoyed is the creepy charm of Shirley Jackson and the intellectual frightfulness of Henry James. Ghost story enthusiasts would expect to find Elizabeth Bowen included, but how many aficionados would anticipate the appearance of a John Cheever story? Mixing well with classic writers--including, among others, Isak Dinesen and Edith Wharton--are many contemporary voices, such as Alison Lurie and Joyce Carol Oates. --Brad Hooper

Library Journal Review

Author/editor Phillips jumps on the fin-de-siŠcle bandwagon with this offering of 27 paranormal tales. Created as a companion to his earlier collection, The Omnibus of 20th Century Ghost Stories (Carroll & Graf, 1991), this volume continues to display Phillips's high literary standards. Classics by Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, and Edith Wharton are included, as are stories like Elizabeth Bowen's "The Happy Autumn Fields," all considered to be among the authors' best writings. This collection has a broader scope than its predecessor, marked by the inclusion of noted world writers such as Isak Dinesen, Franz Kafka, and Gabriel Garc¡a M rquez, and the contemporary voices of Christopher Tilghman and Max Eberts. But for those who truly enjoy a good ghost story, the basis for this collection's intrigue will be the variety of spectersÄvisible and invisible, symbolic and concreteÄthat are presented. A solid addition to most libraries.ÄNancy McNicol, Hagaman Memorial Lib., East Haven, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.