My New Anthology: Those Who Haunt Ghosts

Unearthing the Unearthly

My digging through nineteenth- and early twentieth-century supernatural literature has now resulted in a second anthology published by Coachwhip Publications. The first, Giving Up the Ghosts: Short-Lived Occult Detective Series by Six Renowned Authors, has been available for about a year.

The second collection will be released very soon! It’s titled Those Who Haunt Ghosts: A Century of Ghost Hunter Fiction. And you just might recognize the mustachioed gentleman on the cover. (I really ought to name him!)


Here’s the pitch:

The mid-1800s to the early 1900s was a high point for literary ghost stories. A sub-genre of this writing is ghost hunter fiction, in which a character not personally haunted investigates a house, a room, or some other site reported to be visited by a ghost. Sometimes, a doubtful ghost hunter hopes to debunk those rumors. Other times, a hopeful hunter wants to confirm that the dead really do return in spirit form.

No matter the motivation, ghost hunters never know what they’ll discover. Skeptics are converted while believers confront a supernatural entity that’s far worse than a mere ghost. And some ghost hunters don’t survive their encounter with the otherworld!

This collection of ghost hunter fiction—28 short stories and novellas from the 1820s to the 1920s—includes such renowned authors as Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Henry James, Charlotte Riddell, Ambrose Bierce, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, Algernon Blackwood, Rudyard Kipling, Sax Rohmer, and H.P. Lovecraft. With an enlightening introduction and helpful footnotes provided by supernatural fiction scholar Tim Prasil, this book is a first-of-its-kind source for this distinctive branch of ghost fiction and will be a treasured addition to any ghost-story library.

And here’s the Table of Contents:

Introduction: A Definition and Brief History of Ghost Hunter Fiction

  1. Anonymous – “The Haunted Chamber” (1823)
  2. Sholto and Reuben Percy – “Seizing a Ghost” (1823)
  3. Charles May – “The Haunted House” (1831)
  4. Anonymous – “The Vault of L—” (1836)
  5. Anonymous – “A Night in a Haunted House” (1848)
  6. William Howett – “The Haunted House in Charnwood Forest” (1850)
  7. Edward Bulwer-Lytton – “The Haunted and the Haunters; or, The House and the Brain” (1859)
  8. Anonymous – “Midnight at Marshland Grange” (1863)
  9. Anonymous – “The Ghost of Stanton Hall” (1868)
  10. Maurice Davies – “A Night in a Ghost-Chamber” (1873)
  11. Henry James – “The Ghostly Rental” (1876)
  12. J. H. Riddell – “The Open Door” (1882)
  13. Angelo J. Lewis – “My Only Ghost” (1884)
  14. Ambrose Bierce – “A Fruitless Assignment” (1888)
  15. E.J. Goodman – “The Haunted Ghost” (1891)
  16. B.M. Croker – “Number Ninety” (1895)
  17. Ralph Adams Cram – “No. 252 Rue M. le Prince” (1895)
  18. Ivy Hooper – “The Baron’s Room” (1896)
  19. H.G. Wells – “The Red Room” (1896)
  20. Lettice Galbraith – “The Blue Room” (1897)
  21. Arthur Conan Doyle – “The Brown Hand” (1899)
  22. Francis Tracy Moreland – “Grimbyville’s Last Boom” (1902)
  23. Algernon Blackwood – “The Woman’s Ghost Story” (1907)
  24. Rudyard Kipling – “The House Surgeon” (1909)
  25. W.W. Jacobs – “’The Toll-House’” (1909)
  26. C. Ashton Smith – “The Ghost of Mohammed Din” (1910)
  27. Sax Rohmer – “The Haunting of Low Fennel” (1920)
  28. H.P. Lovecraft – “The Shunned House” (1928)

Those Who Haunt Ghosts will be available at Amazon in a matter of days.


One thought on “My New Anthology: Those Who Haunt Ghosts

  1. Joseph Allegretti

    This looks great. Nothing says an early Xmas present to myself like a ghost hunter book! ( I fear that Carnacki, however, might be turning in his grave, so to speak). joe


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