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Humorous Ghost Stories - Dorothy Scarborough

Humorous Ghost Stories - Dorothy Scarborough


The Canterville Ghost

By Oscar Wilde

The Ghost-Extinguisher

By Gelett Burgess

"Dey Ain't No Ghosts"

By Ellis Parker Butler

The Transferred Ghost

By Frank R. Stockton

The Mummy's Foot

By Théophile Gautier

The Rival Ghosts

By Brander Matthews

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

By John Kendrick Bangs

Back from that Bourne


 The Ghost-Ship

By Richard Middleton

The Transplanted Ghost

By Wallace Irwin

The Last Ghost in Harmony

By Nelson Lloyd

 The Ghost of Miser Brimpson

By Eden Phillpotts

 The Haunted Photograph

By Ruth McEnery Stuart

 The Ghost that Got the Button

By Will Adams

 The Specter Bridegroom

By Washington Irving

 The Specter of Tappington

Compiled by Richard Barham

 In the Barn

By Burges Johnson

A Shady Plot

By Elsie Brown

The Lady and the Ghost

By Rose Cecil O'Neill


It's kind of amazing how many of those names are unfamiliar; a hundred years is apparently longer than I think. There are some like Wilde's that really stand out: The Mummy's Foot and The Rival Ghosts. I can't abide the dialect written in "Dey Ain't No Ghosts" but the story is amusing. Anyway, Dickens has trained me to associate ghosts with Christmas, so to me it's a good lead-up.


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