Humorous Ghost Stories
The Canterville Ghost
BY OSCAR WILDE
When Mr. Hiram B. Otis, the American Minister, bought Canterville Chase,
everyone told him he was doing a very foolish thing, as there was no
doubt at all that the place was haunted. Indeed, Lord Cant...
BY GELETT BURGESS
My attention was first called to the possibility of manufacturing a
practicable ghost-extinguisher by a real-estate agent in San Francisco.
"There's one thing," he said, "that affects city property he...
The Transferred Ghost
BY FRANK R. STOCKTON
The country residence of Mr. John Hinckman was a delightful place to me,
for many reasons. It was the abode of a genial, though somewhat
impulsive, hospitality. It had broad, smooth-shaven lawns and ...
The Mummy's Foot
BY THEOPHILE GAUTIER
I had sauntered idly into the shop of one of those dealers in old
curiosities--"bric-a-brac" as they say in that Parisian argot, so
absolutely unintelligible elsewhere in France.
You have no doubt o...
The Rival Ghosts
BY BRANDER MATTHEWS
The good ship sped on her way across the calm Atlantic. It was an
outward passage, according to the little charts which the company had
charily distributed, but most of the passengers were homeward boun...
The Water Ghost Of Harrowby Hall
BY JOHN KENDRICK BANGS
The trouble with Harrowby Hall was that it was haunted, and, what was
worse, the ghost did not content itself with merely appearing at the
bedside of the afflicted person who saw it, but persisted ...
Back From That Bourne
We are permitted to make extracts from a private letter which bears the
signature of a gentleman well known in business circles, and whose
veracity we have never heard called in question. His statements are
BY RICHARD MIDDLETON
Fairfield is a little village lying near the Portsmouth Road, about
halfway between London and the sea. Strangers, who now and then find it
by accident, call it a pretty, old-fashioned place; we who ...
The Transplanted Ghost A Christmas Story
BY WALLACE IRWIN
When Aunt Elizabeth asked me to spend Christmas with her at Seven Oaks
she appended a peculiar request to her letter. "Like a good fellow," she
wrote, "won't you drop off at Perkinsville, Ohio, on your w...
The Last Ghost In Harmony
BY NELSON LLOYD
From his perch on the blacksmith's anvil he spoke between the puffs of
his post-prandial pipe. The fire in the forge was out and the day was
going slowly, through the open door of the shop and the narrow ...
The Ghost Of Miser Brimpson
BY EDEN PHILLPOTTS
Penniless and proud he was; and that pair don't draw a man to pleasant
places when they be in double harness. There's only one thing can stop
'em if they take the bit between their teeth, and that's...
The Haunted Photograph
BY RUTH McENERY STUART
To the ordinary observer it was just a common photograph of a cheap
summer hotel. It hung sumptuously framed in plush, over the Widow
Morris's mantel, the one resplendent note in an otherwise modes...
The Ghost That Got The Button
BY WILL ADAMS
One autumn evening, when the days were shortening and the darkness fell
early on Hotchkiss and the frost was beginning to adorn with its fine
glistening lace the carbine barrels of the night sentries as the...
The Specter Bridegroom
BY WASHINGTON IRVING
On the summit of one of the heights of the Odenwald, a wild and romantic
tract of Upper Germany, that lies not far from the confluence of the
Main and the Rhine, there stood, many, many years sin...
The Specter Of Tappington
COMPILED BY RICHARD BARHAM
"It is very odd, though; what can have become of them?" said Charles
Seaforth, as he peeped under the valance of an old-fashioned bedstead,
in an old-fashioned apartment of a still more old-f...
In The Barn
BY BURGES JOHNSON
The moment we had entered the barn, I regretted the rash good nature
which prompted me to consent to the plans of those vivacious young
students. Miss Anstell and Miss Royce and one or two others, often...
A Shady Plot
BY ELSIE BROWN
So I sat down to write a ghost story.
Jenkins was responsible.
"Hallock," he had said to me, "give us another on the supernatural this
time. Something to give 'em the horrors; that's what the public w...
The Lady And The Ghost
BY ROSE CECIL O'NEILL
It was some moments before the Lady became rationally convinced that
there was something occurring in the corner of the room, and then the
actual nature of the thing was still far from clear.