Review: Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories

Title: Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Publisher: Scribner
Published: October 13, 2015
Paperback, ARC
ISBN: 978150119750
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories, Paranormal
Source: Publisher


Collected and introduced by the bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry--including Audrey Niffenegger's own fabulous new illustrations for each piece, and a new story by her--this is a unique and haunting anthology of some of the best ghost stories of all time.
From Edgar Allan Poe to Kelly Link, M.R. James to Neil Gaiman, H.H. Munro to Audrey Niffenegger herself, Ghostly reveals the evolution of the ghost story genre with tales going back to the eighteenth century and into the modern era, ranging across styles from Gothic Horror to Victorian, stories about haunting--haunted children, animals, houses. Every story is introduced by Audrey Niffenegger, an acclaimed master of the craft, with some words on its background and why she chose to include it. Audrey's own story is "A Secret Life With Cats."
Perfect for the classic and contemporary ghost story aficionado, this is a delightful volume, beautifully illustrated by Audrey, who is a graphic artist with great vision. Ghostly showcases the best of the best in the field, including Edith Wharton, P.G. Wodehouse, A.S. Byatt, Ray Bradbury, and so many more.

My Thoughts:

I started reading this book thinking that I would get goose bumps and have to sleep with the light on and jump at all the unusual sounds one hears throughout the night. But I was pleasantly surprised to find out not all ghost stories are creepy. Some, in fact, are quite funny. Although Audrey Niffenegger's name is on the cover, this book contains quite a treasure of eclectic writers from Edgar Allen Poe to Neil Gaiman. 

Some readers may have read some of the stories before, but for me, they were all brand new. I really can't think of one story that I didn't enjoy. Of course I enjoyed some more than others, but each was good in its own way. The book starts off with a bang with "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe. And true to Poe's style, this story is disturbing. One of my other favorite stories is "Honeysuckle Cottage" by P.G. Wodehouse. If you're familiar with Jeeves and Wooster, then you'll love this story. It's hilarious! The creepiest story, in my opinion, is "Click-Clack the Rattlebag" by Neil Gaiman. This story sent chills up my spine. 

I really liked the illustrations and introduction that each story has. Niffenegger did a great job capturing the spirit of each story with an accurate and sometimes creepy drawing. The introductions give a bit of background to either the story or the author, or sometimes both, that helps the reader understand the story's background.

This collection of ghost stories is something that I think even the faint of heart will enjoy. Though most aren't necessarily that creepy, some will make you want to turn all the lights on.