The Best Psychic Stories

The Best Psychic Stories

Various

A collection of fictional stories (and maybe one non-fiction spiritual account) with a paranormal slant. Includes; When the World Was Young by Jack London; The Return by Algernon Blackwood; The Second Generation by Algernon Blackwood; Joseph—A Story by Katherine Rickford; The Clavecin—Bruges by George Wharton Edwards; Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe; The Sylph and the Father by Elsa Barker; A Ghost by Lafcadio…

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The Lady of the Barge

The Lady of the Barge

W. W. Jacobs

Although W. W. Jacobs is most well known for his horror short story, A Monkey’s Paw – most of the work he published was more on the humourous side. This book is an anthology of 12 short stories including: The Monkey’s Paw; The Lady of the Barge; Bill’s Paper Chase; The Well; Cupboard Love; In the Library; Captain Rogers; A Tiger’s Skin; A Mixed Proposal; An Adulteration Act; A Golden Venture; and, Three at Table.

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A Romance of Two Worlds

A Romance of Two Worlds

Marie Corelli

A Romance of Two Worlds was Marie Corelli’s first novel, published in 1886. It referenced the contemporary debate between creationism and evolution, as well as supernatural themes, overlaid with elements of science fiction. It starts with a young heroine, in first person, telling her story of a debilitating illness that includes depression and thoughts of suicide. Her doctor is unable to help her and sends her off on a holiday…

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The History of the Caliph Vathek

The History of the Caliph Vathek

William Beckford

Chronicles the fall from power of the Caliph Vathek, who renounces Islam and engages with his mother, Carathis, in a series of licentious and deplorable activities designed to gain him supernatural powers. Vathek was written during a time when part of European culture was influenced by Orientalism. It is an Arabian tale because of the oriental setting and characters and the depiction of oriental cultures, societies, and myth…

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Can Such Things Be?

Can Such Things Be?

Ambrose Bierce

A collection of ghostly and strange short stories: The Death of Halpin Frayser; The Secret of Macarger’s Gulch; One Summer Night; The Moonlit Road; A Diagnosis of Death; Moxon’s Master; A Tough Tussle; One of Twins; The Haunted Valley; A Jug of Sirup; Staley Fleming’s Hallucination; A Resumed Identity; A Baby Tramp; The Night-Doings at “Deadman’s”; Beyond the Wall; A Psychological Shipwreck; The Middle…

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The Vampyre, A Tale

The Vampyre, A Tale

John Polidori

“The Vampyre” is a short work of prose fiction written in 1819 by John William Polidori. It tells the story of Aubrey, a young Englishman, who meets Lord Ruthven, a man of mysterious origins who has entered London society. Aubrey accompanies Ruthven to Rome, but leaves him after Ruthven seduces the daughter of a mutual acquaintance. Aubrey travels to Greece, where he becomes attracted to Ianthe, an innkeeper’s daughter. Ianthe tells…

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The Haunter of the Dark

The Haunter of the Dark

H. P. Lovecraft

In Providence, Rhode Island, Robert Blake, a young writer with an interest in the occult, becomes fascinated by a large disused church on Federal Hill which he can see from his lodgings on the city’s Upper East side. His researches reveal that the church has a sinister history involving a cult called the Church of Starry Wisdom and is dreaded by the local migrant inhabitants as being haunted by a primeval evil.

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The Haunted House

The Haunted House

Charles Dickens

The Haunted House is a story published in 1859 for the weekly periodical ‘All the Year Round’. It was “Conducted by Charles Dickens”, with contributions from other writers. It is a “portmanteau” story, with Dickens writing the opening and closing stories, framing stories by Dickens himself and five other authors: The Mortals in the House (Charles Dickens); The Ghost in the Clock Room (Hesba…

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The Purcell Papers

The Purcell Papers

Sheridan Le Fanu

The Purcell Papers are a collection of thirteen Gothic, supernatural, historical and humorous short stories. Included are: The Ghost and the Bone-Setter; The Fortunes of Sir Robert Ardagh; The Last Heir of Castle Connor; The Drunkard’s Dream; Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Countess; The Bridal of Carrigvarah; Strange Event in the Life of Schalken the Painter; Scraps of Hibernian Ballads; Jim Sulivan’s Adventures…

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The Boats of the Glen Carrig

The Boats of the Glen Carrig

William Hope Hodgson

Primarily a survival and adventure story with elements of horror, in the form of monsters, The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” is written in an archaic style, and is presented as a true account, written in 1757, of events occurring earlier. The narrator is a passenger who was traveling on the ship Glen Carrig, which was lost at sea when it struck “a hidden rock”. The story is about the adventures of the survivors…

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The Castle of Otranto

The Castle of Otranto

Horace Walpole

Generally regarded as the first gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto merges medievalism and terror. It tells the story of Manfred, lord of the castle, and his family. The book begins on the wedding-day of his sickly son Conrad and princess Isabella. After an inexplicable event that seems to bear out an ancient prophecy, Manfred takes steps to ensure the safety and survival of his family, only to make things so much worse.

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The Mysteries of Udolpho

The Mysteries of Udolpho

Ann Radcliffe

Includes all 4 volumes. The Mysteries of Udolpho is a quintessential Gothic romance, replete with incidents of physical and psychological terror; remote, crumbling castles; seemingly supernatural events; a brooding, scheming villain; and a persecuted heroine. Emily St. Aubert is the only child of a landed rural family whose fortunes are now in decline. Emily and her father share an especially close bond, due to their shared…

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