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Ghosts are the true immortals, and the dead grow more alive all the time. Wraiths have a greater vitality to-day than ever before. They are far more numerous than at any time in the past, and people are more interested in them. There are persons that claim to be acquainted with specific spirits, to speak with them, to carry on correspondence with them, and even some who insist that they are private secretaries to the dead. Others of us mortals, more reserved, are content to keep such distance as we may from even the shadow of a shade. But there's no getting away from ghosts nowadays, for even if you shut your eyes to them in actual life, you stumble over them in the books you read, you see them on the stage and on the screen, and you hear them on the lecture platform. Even a Lodge in any vast wilderness would have the company of spirits. Man's love for the supernatural, which is one of the most natural things about him, was never more marked than at present. You may go a-ghosting in any company to-day, and all aspects of literature, novels, short stories, poetry, and drama alike, reflect the shadeless spirit. The latest census of the haunting world shows a vast increase in population, which might be explained on various grounds.
Life is so inconveniently complex nowadays, what with income taxes and other visitations of government, that it is hard for us to have the added risk of wraiths, but there's no escaping. Many persons of to-day are in the same mental state as one Mr. Boggs, told of in a magazine story, a rural gentleman who was agitated over spectral visitants. He had once talked at a séance with a speaker who claimed to be the spirit of his brother, Wesley Boggs, but who conversed only on blue suspenders, a subject not of vital interest to Wesley in the flesh. "Still," Mr. Boggs reflected, "I'm not so darn sure!" In answer to a suggestion regarding subliminal consciousness and dual personality as explanation of the strange things that come bolting into life, he said, "It's crawly any way you look at it. Ghosts inside you are as bad as ghosts outside you." There are others to-day who are "not so darn sure!"

Contents include:

The Willows
By Algernon Blackwood

The Shadows on the Wall
By Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

The Messenger
By Robert W. Chambers

Lazarus
By Leonid Andreyev

The Beast with Five Fingers
By W. F. Harvey

The Mass of Shadows
By Anatole France

What Was It?
By Fitz-James O'Brien

The Middle Toe of the Right Foot
By Ambrose Bierce

The Shell of Sense
By Olivia Howard Dunbar

The Woman at Seven Brothers
By Wilbur Daniel Steele

At the Gate
By Myla Jo Closser

Ligeia
By Edgar Allan Poe

The Haunted Orchard
By Richard Le Gallienne

The Bowmen
By Arthur Machen

A Ghost
By Guy de Maupassant

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  • Publication Date: July 29, 2014
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Print Length: 469 Pages
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