To Be Read at Dusk

To Be Read at Dusk[PDF / Epub] ☄ To Be Read at Dusk By Charles Dickens – Oaklandjobs.co.uk The monstrous thought came into my mind as I perused the fixed eyes and the saturnine face, that this was a spirit, not a man Three ghostly tales from a master of the form,The Signalman , The Trial fo The monstrous thought came Read at PDF ✓ into my mind as I perused the To Be eBook ð fixed eyes and the saturnine face, that this was a spirit, not Be read at ePUB ☆ a man Three ghostly tales from a master of the form,The Signalman , The Trial for Murderand the title story,To Be read at DuskOne ofnew books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic inEach book gives readers a taste of the Classics huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants. Note The stories are in reading order The numbers indicate their order in the book 1 The Queer Chair The Bagman s StoryChapter 14 from The Pickwick Papers.A chair that talks and guides a tired traveller that arrives in an inn 2 A Madman s ManuscriptChapter 11 from The Pickwick Papers.Ramblings of a crazy man that wants to be proven crazy 3 The Goblins who Stole a SextonChapter 29 from The Pickwick Papers.A precursor story to A Christmas Carol, where instead of ghosts and spir Note The stories are in reading order The numbers indicate their order in the book 1 The Queer Chair The Bagman s StoryChapter 14 from The Pickwick Papers.A chair that talks and guides a tired traveller that arrives in an inn 2 A Madman s ManuscriptChapter 11 from The Pickwick Papers.Ramblings of a crazy man that wants to be proven crazy 3 The Goblins who Stole a SextonChapter 29 from The Pickwick Papers.A precursor story to A Christmas Carol, where instead of ghosts and spirits we have goblins and instead of a miserable rich man a miserable undertaker sexton who s only joy is drinking and burying 4 The Ghosts of the Mail The Story of The Bagman s uncleChapter 49 from The Pickwick Papers.A Ghost story taking place in Edinburgh when a 19th century man finds himself as a passenger on a 18th century mail coach with 18th century people 5 The Baron of GrogzwigChapter 6 from Nicholas Nickleby.A Ghost story taking place in Germany ending with an against suicide moral 8 To be Read at DuskThis story confused me a little bit since it was written in the style of story within a story Didn t feel like one story but it was a good ghost story 9 A Ghost in the Bride s ChamberChapter 4 from The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices, a novella co written by Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens A pretty spooky story with a scary ending, also including murder s , hanging, and apparitions 10 The Haunted HouseChapters 1 6 from The Haunted House, a portmanteau short story collection co written by Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, and Elizabeth Gaskell and others A ghost story with a sad twist 11 The Trial For Murder To be Taken With a Grain of SaltA banker is invited as a jury member to a trial He s able to see the ghost of the murdered man present all the 10 days of the trial Eerie and enigmatic Doesn t give lot s of answers 12 The SignalmanA railway signalman is haunted by a ghost that its appearance works each time as a premonition of a tragic railway accident With a twist at the end 13 Christmas Ghosts Actually the middle part of a slightly longer story by Dickens called A Christmas Tree It sof a ghost stories catalogue than a story itself Still interesting 14 The Lawyer and the GhostTitle links to a comic strip that actually sums up the story A light comic relief ghost story with a moral, not for humans but for ghosts 15 Four Ghost StoriesThe title can t beobvious Four stories in one It sounds like a Black Friday special offer.Anyway, the 1st is about an artist who paints a person he never actually met.The 2nd and 3rd are similar, both about relatives that appear as ghosts hours before the news of their deaths,and the 4th which was the most interesting of the four Felt like a Grimm Fairy Tale 16 The Portrait Painter s StoryThis is actually the 1st story from the previous one Four Ghost Stories withelaborated detail An artist that paints a no living person by memory recollection 17 Captain Murderer and the Devil s BargainKeeping up with his usual format, x stories in one, we see in this story 2 gruesome bed stories that Dickens remembers from his childhood been told by his nurse One is about a bloodthirsty evil man Bluebeard echoes who kills his brides and bakes them into pies, and the other one is about a man infested by rats because of a bargain with the devil 18 Mr Testator s VisitationMr Testator lives in an almost empty apartment and during a search into the subterranean cellars for coal he finds a room with furniture in heaps He decides to steal borrow the furniture to fill his empty apartment Then someone something visits him 19 A Child s Dream of a StarA child dreams of meeting his late sister in the heavens And this dream recurs for years until his is an old man A story with a single theme yet poetic 20 Well Authenticated RappingsWorst story in this collection A man is haunted from within himself by 3 different kinds of rappings spiritual experiencesI just read that this is a satire about food adulteration and the craze for spiritualism in the 1850 s So when I ll now the whole context I would be able to understand and appreciate the story , but not today 7 The Haunted Man and the Ghost s BargainThe last Dickens s five novellas for Christmas The first was A Christmas Carol.This is a story that examines a different kind of moral A man wants to forget the sorrow, wrong, and trouble he ha s known..to cancel their remembrance and makes a bargain with a ghost, but the result is that he becomes a miser and he s spreading his misery around 6 A Christmas CarolI read this story the 1st time during Christmas 2012, then the 2nd time Last Christmas RIP George , and this was the third time I will not exaggerate A Christmas Carol was not just my favourite from this collection, but it is my favourite from all Dickens s books I ve read Especially the last chapter, where the joy and happiness of a saved man are overflowing I wish the same happiness to everybody, and I don t think I need to say anythingabout this story but to urge you to read it as soon as possible Overall score 3.37 5 Excellent, atmospheric, creepy Victorian ghost story by the best in the buisness What better way to re start my Sunday shorts series I read The signalman today.I watched the BBC tv adaptation with Denholm Elliot years ago and loved that too.A 5 start for me. Ghosts Dickens s short story To Be Read at Dusk was published in The Keepsake in 1852 I did not know what The Keepsake was and so had a look at Wikipedia, where I learned that it was a literary annual running from 1828 to 1857 containing short fiction, poems, essays and engraved illustrations Apparently one of the target groups were young ladies, which I would never have guessed from the story itself The Keepsake was started by the engraver Charles Heath, and though as to Wikipedia the li Ghosts Dickens s short story To Be Read at Dusk was published in The Keepsake in 1852 I did not know what The Keepsake was and so had a look at Wikipedia, where I learned that it was a literary annual running from 1828 to 1857 containing short fiction, poems, essays and engraved illustrations Apparently one of the target groups were young ladies, which I would never have guessed from the story itself The Keepsake was started by the engraver Charles Heath, and though as to Wikipedia the literature published is often regarded second rate, among the contributors there were a lot of well known and important authors of the Romantic period Among the contributors of the 1829 edition, you can find Sir Walter Scott, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shelley and Southey Nevertheless, after reading the story I had an idea why the contributions to that annual anthology could be considered second rate because To Be Read at Dusk falls short of what I am used to when I read Dickens.The story starts interestingly enough, making us share the perspective of the narrator, who, disgusted with the boasts of an American fellow traveller Dickens still seems to be under the influence of the anti Americanism he so scathingly displayed in Martin Chuzzlewit , leaves the guest room and decides to listen to the talk of five couriers One, two, three, four, five There were five of them.Five couriers, sitting on a bench outside the convent on the summit of the Great St Bernard in Switzerland, looking at the remote heights, stained by the setting sun as if a mighty quantity of red wine had been broached upon the mountain top, and had not yet had time to sink into the snow.This is not my simile It was made for the occasion by the stoutest courier, who was a German None of the others took anynotice of it than they took of me, sitting on another bench on the other side of the convent door, smoking my cigar, like them, and also like them looking at the reddened snow, and at the lonely shed hard by, where the bodies of belated travellers, dug out of it, slowly wither away, knowing no corruption in that cold region This atmosphere of cold beauty, of the majestic grandeur of nature, apparently affects the couriers, who soon start talking about supernatural experiences, debating whether they can be explained away by putting them down to mere coincidence, or whether somethinguncanny is lurking in the shadows One story centres on an English couple, newly wedded, the bride being haunted in her dreams by the visionof a dark, remarkable looking man, in black, with black hair and a grey moustache a handsome man except for a reserved and secret airThis face does not do anything but simply regards her from out of a veil of impenetrable darkness In the course of their honeymoon, the bride makes the acquaintance of a man taken home to them by her own husband, an Italian calling himself Dellombra of all names and this man, as you can easily guess, is the spitting image of the mysterious nightmare face The husband, however, takes no heed of his wife s apprehensions, and so Fate takes its course.The other story, told by the German courier, centres on the doppelg nger motif and the foreshadowing of the death of a relative It is not as original as the first story, and it ends quite abruptly, triggering the end of the whole piece, which left me rather unsatisfied.The story was not particularly scary and despite the magnificent beginning, it could have been written by other writers but the Inimitable as well It also lacked Dickens s typical humour, and I could not help thinking that he wrote it because for some reason or other he had agreed to contribute a piece to The Keepsake and now had to fulfil his promise Who doesn t love to read Ghost stories They are all fun and exciting unless of course, you re reading them alone in a room at night and getting pretty terrified every time you hear a meow. Read hereOpening One, two, three, four, five There were five of them.Five couriers, sitting on a bench outside the convent on the summit of the Great St Bernard in Switzerland, looking at the remote heights, stained by the setting sun as if a mighty quantity of red wine had been broached upon the mountain top, and had not yet had time to sink into the snow.Very short story of spiritual affairs Read hereOpening One, two, three, four, five There were five of them.Five couriers, sitting on a bench outside the convent on the summit of the Great St Bernard in Switzerland, looking at the remote heights, stained by the setting sun as if a mighty quantity of red wine had been broached upon the mountain top, and had not yet had time to sink into the snow.Very short story of spiritual affairs 3.5 stars As many other readers have already pointed out, these stories are not very scary by today s standards But they are a bit spooky, especially if you read them at night, home alone, just before going to bed. A fascinating and lesser known side of Charles Dickens work is his flair for ghost stories.Dickens showed a fascination with ghosts and the macabre and was a masterpiece of this wonderful genre.Most well known is his ghostly parable A Christmas Carol , of the visit to the bitter and tight fist ed miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, by three ghosts which started the tradition of the ghost story at Christmas.Other Christmas ghost stories by Dickens in this volume include the weird and wonderful Christ A fascinating and lesser known side of Charles Dickens work is his flair for ghost stories.Dickens showed a fascination with ghosts and the macabre and was a masterpiece of this wonderful genre.Most well known is his ghostly parable A Christmas Carol , of the visit to the bitter and tight fist ed miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, by three ghosts which started the tradition of the ghost story at Christmas.Other Christmas ghost stories by Dickens in this volume include the weird and wonderful Christmas Ghosts and The Goblins Who Stole a Sexton.And another story of redemption by ghosts is The Haunted Man and the Ghost s Bargain.From the gruesome Captain Murderer and the Devil s Bargain to the brilliantly humorous The Lawyer and the Ghost and The Queer Chair.There is the strange twist in the adventure The Ghosts of the Mail and an examination of insanity and villainy in A Madman s Manuscript.Eerie stories of revenge, bizarre coincidences and the macabre from a pioneer in modern ghost stories, written in beautiful and penetrating English, while after one a half centuries still guarantees to thrill and chill This volume comprises a collection of fifteen ghost stories by Dickens As with any collection, it is a bit of a mixed bag Some are superlative, some are less than mediocre The Queer Chair A man takes shelter in an inn and falls in love with the widowed and moneyed innkeeper, who is courted by another man A chair in his room helps him succeed in his quest 5 starsA Madman s Manuscript Story about an abusive man Really boring 1 starThe Goblins who Stole a Sexton A miserly sexton is This volume comprises a collection of fifteen ghost stories by Dickens As with any collection, it is a bit of a mixed bag Some are superlative, some are less than mediocre The Queer Chair A man takes shelter in an inn and falls in love with the widowed and moneyed innkeeper, who is courted by another man A chair in his room helps him succeed in his quest 5 starsA Madman s Manuscript Story about an abusive man Really boring 1 starThe Goblins who Stole a Sexton A miserly sexton is taught a lesson by goblins on Christmas Eve 3 starsThe Ghosts of the Mail I loved this one A man kept travelling in a coach from a different period and ends up in cahoots with a woman who well, read it 5 starsBaron Ko ldwethout s Apparition Another one about an abusive husband who marries out of greed At least this one had some character development 2 starsThe Haunted Man and the Ghost s Bargain This was the longest of the book and the worst I am not sure what this was about except for some sick college kid, a pure woman who couldn t be touched by evil, and a haunted man Boring beyond belief 0 starsTo Be Read at Dusk A woman sees a man s apparition on the eve of her wedding and then the man shows up in person What gives 4 starsThe Ghost in the Bride s Chamber Two men spend a night in an haunted house and encounter a man who narrates the story of a woman abused by her husband 2 starsThe Haunted House A brother and sister move into a haunted house as an experiment It all goes well until the brother changes his room 2 starsThe Trial for Murder The ghost of a man on trial keeps confusing everyone in the courtroom I couldn t keep track and found this boring 1 starThe Signalman A signalman hears a warning and keeps seeing an apparition signalling him to clear the way He hopes he is able to save a life but finds out that the signals are wrongly interpreted 3 starsChristmas Ghosts Random snippets of ideas for ghost stories which have neither basis nor character building A very lazy effort 1 starThe Lawyer and the Ghost The best of the collection A lawyer persuades a ghost inhabiting a haunted house to leave and find better housing 5 starsFour Ghost Stories Four decent stories set during Christmas time The first three involve apparitions of dead people The fourth one is rather unique a woman from a noble house sees a dream in which she stands godmother to some little people and is rewarded with some metal, which brings the family prosperity and happiness 4 starsThe Portrait Painter s Story This is an elaboration of the first story from Four Ghost Stories mentioned above A portrait painter meets a young woman who insists he do her likeness Only she refuses to sit for him 4 starsMuch of Dickens ghost stories involves apparitions and aren t really scary They arestories about paranormal occurrences than about anything evil or scary This is probably the reason why I didn t enjoy them as much as I might have Of course, some of the stories are really good and imaginative, but I found many of them a dead bore Even though I rated some of the stories pretty high, the overall collection was pretty mediocre I couldn t even finish The Haunted Man and the Ghost s Bargain, which took up a large chunk of the pages, it was that bad So yeah, not the best of books Project Gutenberg short story not scary by today s standards, but a worthy read nonetheless Project Gutenberg short story not scary by today s standards, but a worthy read nonetheless What I really liked about this book was the ability to dip into Dickens I recall taking 6 months to read Bleak House and night after night having to retrace my steps, one back, two forward, if I was lucky Some of the stories in this anthology are as short as a single page No danger of nodding off or losing the thread there.As a bonus, Dickens ghosts seem to be possessedhah haof the author s sense of humour which makes for light reading amidst the often dense text indeed he strikes What I really liked about this book was the ability to dip into Dickens I recall taking 6 months to read Bleak House and night after night having to retrace my steps, one back, two forward, if I was lucky Some of the stories in this anthology are as short as a single page No danger of nodding off or losing the thread there.As a bonus, Dickens ghosts seem to be possessedhah haof the author s sense of humour which makes for light reading amidst the often dense text indeed he strikes a fine balance between credibility and mischief.A couple of the stories seemed to veer slightly off the rails perhaps I was missing something , and I felt the inclusion of A Christmas Carol 66 pages was a bit of a cheat but this was a padding out decision taken by the publisher, and no blame can be attached to the author Sure it s a ghost story but it was the new and varied material that I enjoyed the most.And at the usual Wordsworth Classics bargain price it s an old Scrooge that complains when a good read costs less than a regular Starbucks

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    To Be read at Dusk PDF ☆ Be read at ePUB ☆ , The Trial for Murderand the title story,To Be read at DuskOne ofnew books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic inEach book gives readers a taste of the Classics huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants. Note The stories are in reading order The numbers indicate their order in the book 1 The Queer Chair The Bagman s StoryChapter 14 from The Pickwick Papers.A chair that talks and guides a tired traveller that arrives in an inn 2 A Madman s ManuscriptChapter 11 from The Pickwick Papers.Ramblings of a crazy man that wants to be proven crazy 3 The Goblins who Stole a SextonChapter 29 from The Pickwick Papers.A precursor story to A Christmas Carol, where instead of ghosts and spir Note The stories are in reading order The numbers indicate their order in the book 1 The Queer Chair The Bagman s StoryChapter 14 from The Pickwick Papers.A chair that talks and guides a tired traveller that arrives in an inn 2 A Madman s ManuscriptChapter 11 from The Pickwick Papers.Ramblings of a crazy man that wants to be proven crazy 3 The Goblins who Stole a SextonChapter 29 from The Pickwick Papers.A precursor story to A Christmas Carol, where instead of ghosts and spirits we have goblins and instead of a miserable rich man a miserable undertaker sexton who s only joy is drinking and burying 4 The Ghosts of the Mail The Story of The Bagman s uncleChapter 49 from The Pickwick Papers.A Ghost story taking place in Edinburgh when a 19th century man finds himself as a passenger on a 18th century mail coach with 18th century people 5 The Baron of GrogzwigChapter 6 from Nicholas Nickleby.A Ghost story taking place in Germany ending with an against suicide moral 8 To be Read at DuskThis story confused me a little bit since it was written in the style of story within a story Didn t feel like one story but it was a good ghost story 9 A Ghost in the Bride s ChamberChapter 4 from The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices, a novella co written by Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens A pretty spooky story with a scary ending, also including murder s , hanging, and apparitions 10 The Haunted HouseChapters 1 6 from The Haunted House, a portmanteau short story collection co written by Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, and Elizabeth Gaskell and others A ghost story with a sad twist 11 The Trial For Murder To be Taken With a Grain of SaltA banker is invited as a jury member to a trial He s able to see the ghost of the murdered man present all the 10 days of the trial Eerie and enigmatic Doesn t give lot s of answers 12 The SignalmanA railway signalman is haunted by a ghost that its appearance works each time as a premonition of a tragic railway accident With a twist at the end 13 Christmas Ghosts Actually the middle part of a slightly longer story by Dickens called A Christmas Tree It sof a ghost stories catalogue than a story itself Still interesting 14 The Lawyer and the GhostTitle links to a comic strip that actually sums up the story A light comic relief ghost story with a moral, not for humans but for ghosts 15 Four Ghost StoriesThe title can t beobvious Four stories in one It sounds like a Black Friday special offer.Anyway, the 1st is about an artist who paints a person he never actually met.The 2nd and 3rd are similar, both about relatives that appear as ghosts hours before the news of their deaths,and the 4th which was the most interesting of the four Felt like a Grimm Fairy Tale 16 The Portrait Painter s StoryThis is actually the 1st story from the previous one Four Ghost Stories withelaborated detail An artist that paints a no living person by memory recollection 17 Captain Murderer and the Devil s BargainKeeping up with his usual format, x stories in one, we see in this story 2 gruesome bed stories that Dickens remembers from his childhood been told by his nurse One is about a bloodthirsty evil man Bluebeard echoes who kills his brides and bakes them into pies, and the other one is about a man infested by rats because of a bargain with the devil 18 Mr Testator s VisitationMr Testator lives in an almost empty apartment and during a search into the subterranean cellars for coal he finds a room with furniture in heaps He decides to steal borrow the furniture to fill his empty apartment Then someone something visits him 19 A Child s Dream of a StarA child dreams of meeting his late sister in the heavens And this dream recurs for years until his is an old man A story with a single theme yet poetic 20 Well Authenticated RappingsWorst story in this collection A man is haunted from within himself by 3 different kinds of rappings spiritual experiencesI just read that this is a satire about food adulteration and the craze for spiritualism in the 1850 s So when I ll now the whole context I would be able to understand and appreciate the story , but not today 7 The Haunted Man and the Ghost s BargainThe last Dickens s five novellas for Christmas The first was A Christmas Carol.This is a story that examines a different kind of moral A man wants to forget the sorrow, wrong, and trouble he ha s known..to cancel their remembrance and makes a bargain with a ghost, but the result is that he becomes a miser and he s spreading his misery around 6 A Christmas CarolI read this story the 1st time during Christmas 2012, then the 2nd time Last Christmas RIP George , and this was the third time I will not exaggerate A Christmas Carol was not just my favourite from this collection, but it is my favourite from all Dickens s books I ve read Especially the last chapter, where the joy and happiness of a saved man are overflowing I wish the same happiness to everybody, and I don t think I need to say anythingabout this story but to urge you to read it as soon as possible Overall score 3.37 5 Excellent, atmospheric, creepy Victorian ghost story by the best in the buisness What better way to re start my Sunday shorts series I read The signalman today.I watched the BBC tv adaptation with Denholm Elliot years ago and loved that too.A 5 start for me. Ghosts Dickens s short story To Be Read at Dusk was published in The Keepsake in 1852 I did not know what The Keepsake was and so had a look at Wikipedia, where I learned that it was a literary annual running from 1828 to 1857 containing short fiction, poems, essays and engraved illustrations Apparently one of the target groups were young ladies, which I would never have guessed from the story itself The Keepsake was started by the engraver Charles Heath, and though as to Wikipedia the li Ghosts Dickens s short story To Be Read at Dusk was published in The Keepsake in 1852 I did not know what The Keepsake was and so had a look at Wikipedia, where I learned that it was a literary annual running from 1828 to 1857 containing short fiction, poems, essays and engraved illustrations Apparently one of the target groups were young ladies, which I would never have guessed from the story itself The Keepsake was started by the engraver Charles Heath, and though as to Wikipedia the literature published is often regarded second rate, among the contributors there were a lot of well known and important authors of the Romantic period Among the contributors of the 1829 edition, you can find Sir Walter Scott, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shelley and Southey Nevertheless, after reading the story I had an idea why the contributions to that annual anthology could be considered second rate because To Be Read at Dusk falls short of what I am used to when I read Dickens.The story starts interestingly enough, making us share the perspective of the narrator, who, disgusted with the boasts of an American fellow traveller Dickens still seems to be under the influence of the anti Americanism he so scathingly displayed in Martin Chuzzlewit , leaves the guest room and decides to listen to the talk of five couriers One, two, three, four, five There were five of them.Five couriers, sitting on a bench outside the convent on the summit of the Great St Bernard in Switzerland, looking at the remote heights, stained by the setting sun as if a mighty quantity of red wine had been broached upon the mountain top, and had not yet had time to sink into the snow.This is not my simile It was made for the occasion by the stoutest courier, who was a German None of the others took anynotice of it than they took of me, sitting on another bench on the other side of the convent door, smoking my cigar, like them, and also like them looking at the reddened snow, and at the lonely shed hard by, where the bodies of belated travellers, dug out of it, slowly wither away, knowing no corruption in that cold region This atmosphere of cold beauty, of the majestic grandeur of nature, apparently affects the couriers, who soon start talking about supernatural experiences, debating whether they can be explained away by putting them down to mere coincidence, or whether somethinguncanny is lurking in the shadows One story centres on an English couple, newly wedded, the bride being haunted in her dreams by the visionof a dark, remarkable looking man, in black, with black hair and a grey moustache a handsome man except for a reserved and secret airThis face does not do anything but simply regards her from out of a veil of impenetrable darkness In the course of their honeymoon, the bride makes the acquaintance of a man taken home to them by her own husband, an Italian calling himself Dellombra of all names and this man, as you can easily guess, is the spitting image of the mysterious nightmare face The husband, however, takes no heed of his wife s apprehensions, and so Fate takes its course.The other story, told by the German courier, centres on the doppelg nger motif and the foreshadowing of the death of a relative It is not as original as the first story, and it ends quite abruptly, triggering the end of the whole piece, which left me rather unsatisfied.The story was not particularly scary and despite the magnificent beginning, it could have been written by other writers but the Inimitable as well It also lacked Dickens s typical humour, and I could not help thinking that he wrote it because for some reason or other he had agreed to contribute a piece to The Keepsake and now had to fulfil his promise Who doesn t love to read Ghost stories They are all fun and exciting unless of course, you re reading them alone in a room at night and getting pretty terrified every time you hear a meow. Read hereOpening One, two, three, four, five There were five of them.Five couriers, sitting on a bench outside the convent on the summit of the Great St Bernard in Switzerland, looking at the remote heights, stained by the setting sun as if a mighty quantity of red wine had been broached upon the mountain top, and had not yet had time to sink into the snow.Very short story of spiritual affairs Read hereOpening One, two, three, four, five There were five of them.Five couriers, sitting on a bench outside the convent on the summit of the Great St Bernard in Switzerland, looking at the remote heights, stained by the setting sun as if a mighty quantity of red wine had been broached upon the mountain top, and had not yet had time to sink into the snow.Very short story of spiritual affairs 3.5 stars As many other readers have already pointed out, these stories are not very scary by today s standards But they are a bit spooky, especially if you read them at night, home alone, just before going to bed. A fascinating and lesser known side of Charles Dickens work is his flair for ghost stories.Dickens showed a fascination with ghosts and the macabre and was a masterpiece of this wonderful genre.Most well known is his ghostly parable A Christmas Carol , of the visit to the bitter and tight fist ed miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, by three ghosts which started the tradition of the ghost story at Christmas.Other Christmas ghost stories by Dickens in this volume include the weird and wonderful Christ A fascinating and lesser known side of Charles Dickens work is his flair for ghost stories.Dickens showed a fascination with ghosts and the macabre and was a masterpiece of this wonderful genre.Most well known is his ghostly parable A Christmas Carol , of the visit to the bitter and tight fist ed miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, by three ghosts which started the tradition of the ghost story at Christmas.Other Christmas ghost stories by Dickens in this volume include the weird and wonderful Christmas Ghosts and The Goblins Who Stole a Sexton.And another story of redemption by ghosts is The Haunted Man and the Ghost s Bargain.From the gruesome Captain Murderer and the Devil s Bargain to the brilliantly humorous The Lawyer and the Ghost and The Queer Chair.There is the strange twist in the adventure The Ghosts of the Mail and an examination of insanity and villainy in A Madman s Manuscript.Eerie stories of revenge, bizarre coincidences and the macabre from a pioneer in modern ghost stories, written in beautiful and penetrating English, while after one a half centuries still guarantees to thrill and chill This volume comprises a collection of fifteen ghost stories by Dickens As with any collection, it is a bit of a mixed bag Some are superlative, some are less than mediocre The Queer Chair A man takes shelter in an inn and falls in love with the widowed and moneyed innkeeper, who is courted by another man A chair in his room helps him succeed in his quest 5 starsA Madman s Manuscript Story about an abusive man Really boring 1 starThe Goblins who Stole a Sexton A miserly sexton is This volume comprises a collection of fifteen ghost stories by Dickens As with any collection, it is a bit of a mixed bag Some are superlative, some are less than mediocre The Queer Chair A man takes shelter in an inn and falls in love with the widowed and moneyed innkeeper, who is courted by another man A chair in his room helps him succeed in his quest 5 starsA Madman s Manuscript Story about an abusive man Really boring 1 starThe Goblins who Stole a Sexton A miserly sexton is taught a lesson by goblins on Christmas Eve 3 starsThe Ghosts of the Mail I loved this one A man kept travelling in a coach from a different period and ends up in cahoots with a woman who well, read it 5 starsBaron Ko ldwethout s Apparition Another one about an abusive husband who marries out of greed At least this one had some character development 2 starsThe Haunted Man and the Ghost s Bargain This was the longest of the book and the worst I am not sure what this was about except for some sick college kid, a pure woman who couldn t be touched by evil, and a haunted man Boring beyond belief 0 starsTo Be Read at Dusk A woman sees a man s apparition on the eve of her wedding and then the man shows up in person What gives 4 starsThe Ghost in the Bride s Chamber Two men spend a night in an haunted house and encounter a man who narrates the story of a woman abused by her husband 2 starsThe Haunted House A brother and sister move into a haunted house as an experiment It all goes well until the brother changes his room 2 starsThe Trial for Murder The ghost of a man on trial keeps confusing everyone in the courtroom I couldn t keep track and found this boring 1 starThe Signalman A signalman hears a warning and keeps seeing an apparition signalling him to clear the way He hopes he is able to save a life but finds out that the signals are wrongly interpreted 3 starsChristmas Ghosts Random snippets of ideas for ghost stories which have neither basis nor character building A very lazy effort 1 starThe Lawyer and the Ghost The best of the collection A lawyer persuades a ghost inhabiting a haunted house to leave and find better housing 5 starsFour Ghost Stories Four decent stories set during Christmas time The first three involve apparitions of dead people The fourth one is rather unique a woman from a noble house sees a dream in which she stands godmother to some little people and is rewarded with some metal, which brings the family prosperity and happiness 4 starsThe Portrait Painter s Story This is an elaboration of the first story from Four Ghost Stories mentioned above A portrait painter meets a young woman who insists he do her likeness Only she refuses to sit for him 4 starsMuch of Dickens ghost stories involves apparitions and aren t really scary They arestories about paranormal occurrences than about anything evil or scary This is probably the reason why I didn t enjoy them as much as I might have Of course, some of the stories are really good and imaginative, but I found many of them a dead bore Even though I rated some of the stories pretty high, the overall collection was pretty mediocre I couldn t even finish The Haunted Man and the Ghost s Bargain, which took up a large chunk of the pages, it was that bad So yeah, not the best of books Project Gutenberg short story not scary by today s standards, but a worthy read nonetheless Project Gutenberg short story not scary by today s standards, but a worthy read nonetheless What I really liked about this book was the ability to dip into Dickens I recall taking 6 months to read Bleak House and night after night having to retrace my steps, one back, two forward, if I was lucky Some of the stories in this anthology are as short as a single page No danger of nodding off or losing the thread there.As a bonus, Dickens ghosts seem to be possessedhah haof the author s sense of humour which makes for light reading amidst the often dense text indeed he strikes What I really liked about this book was the ability to dip into Dickens I recall taking 6 months to read Bleak House and night after night having to retrace my steps, one back, two forward, if I was lucky Some of the stories in this anthology are as short as a single page No danger of nodding off or losing the thread there.As a bonus, Dickens ghosts seem to be possessedhah haof the author s sense of humour which makes for light reading amidst the often dense text indeed he strikes a fine balance between credibility and mischief.A couple of the stories seemed to veer slightly off the rails perhaps I was missing something , and I felt the inclusion of A Christmas Carol 66 pages was a bit of a cheat but this was a padding out decision taken by the publisher, and no blame can be attached to the author Sure it s a ghost story but it was the new and varied material that I enjoyed the most.And at the usual Wordsworth Classics bargain price it s an old Scrooge that complains when a good read costs less than a regular Starbucks "/>
  • Paperback
  • 58 pages
  • To Be Read at Dusk
  • Charles Dickens
  • English
  • 16 March 2019
  • 0241251583