|Title:||More Spook Stories|
|Publisher:||Hutchinson and Co.|
|Tags:||fiction, horror, mystery, short stories|
This final collection of Benson's ghost stories is weaker than the earlier three, but only slightly. E.F.'s favorite baddies are still here—the limping man, the large domineering woman—and all the stories satisfy on some level.
"The Sanctuary" (a story of Satanism) and the "Bath Chair" (a saga of sisterly hatred) are the scariest, but the best here—and one of Benson's all-time best—is "Pirates," a sweet tale of old age and memory in which the spirit-world seems like a pretty good place to retire—even if you have to die to get there. (Benson is one of the few practitioners of the ghost story who can write about nice ghosts without sounding sappy, and "Pirates" is the finest example of this kind of Benson story.) [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Benson, E. F. (Edward Frederic)
Edward Frederic Benson (24 July 1867 – 29 February 1940) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist and short story writer, known professionally as E. F. Benson. His friends called him Fred.
Benson's first book was Sketches from Marlborough. He started his novel writing career with the (then) fashionably controversial Dodo (1893), which was an instant success, and followed it with a variety of satire and romantic and supernatural melodrama. He repeated the success of Dodo, which featured a portrait of composer and militant suffragette Ethel Smyth (which she "gleefully acknowledged", according to actress Prunella Scales), with the same cast of characters a generation later: Dodo the Second (1914), "a unique chronicle of the pre-1914 Bright Young Things" and Dodo Wonders (1921), "a first-hand social history of the Great War in Mayfair and the Shires". The Mapp and Lucia series, written relatively late in his career, consists of six novels and two short stories. The novels are: Queen Lucia, Lucia in London, Miss Mapp (including the short story "The Male Impersonator"), Mapp and Lucia, Lucia's Progress (published as The Worshipful Lucia in the United States) and Trouble for Lucia. The short stories are "The Male Impersonator" and "Desirable Residences". Both appear in anthologies of Benson's short stories, and the former is also often appended to the end of the novel Miss Mapp.--Wikipedia.
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