The Body-Snatcher and Other Classic Ghost Stories by Michael Kelahan

By Michael Kelahan

There's a existence past the grave in contrast to the lives we are living, and its ghostly personality has encouraged a number of the ghastliest stories of terror devoted to paper. The Body-Snatcher and different vintage Ghost tales collects twenty-eight stories of ghosts and hauntings that rank as one of the most scary fiction written some time past centuries. Drawn from a wealthy history of horror tales that span the yankee and eu continents, its contents supply form to that the majority ephemeral form—the ghost that lies in look forward to the residing, and that manifests to us in our so much susceptible moments.

Selections include:

"The Body-Snatcher" by way of Robert Louis Stevenson
"The top Berth" by means of F. Marion Crawford
" 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad' " by way of M.R. James
"The Beckoning reasonable One" via Oliver Onions
"The Clock" by means of William Fryer Harvey
"In the Vault" through H.P. Lovecraft

Though sometimes invisible, and sometimes intangible, the ghosts in those stories are faraway from insubstantial. They end up past a shadow of a doubt that what you can't see can scare you.

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He goes smoothly on to tell us that these people take prisoners in war and keep them alive for two or three months, during which period they use every possible method they can think of to induce them to say something that would indicate fear. For this purpose they tell them exactly what is going to happen to them: the tortures they are going to suffer, the preparations that are being made for this purpose, and the intention to slice up their limbs for the banquet that will be made of their flesh— all of which is in due course carried out.

3). He considered that the angle between the facial line and the horizontal provided a good index of the appearance of the face, and that in this respect the Negro was closer than the European to the ape. Camper made various other observations on the anatomy of Negroes. l 1851 He also mentioned the semilunar membrane at the inner angle of the eye of man, and remarked that it is a little bigger in Negroes than in Europeans; he was of opinion (wrongly) that it was not homologous with the nictitating mem­ brane of animals.

Cam per had already made an anatom ical study of the orang-utan,! 1 84. 1861 in which he had included his facial line in a drawing of the skull, but in this earlier work he drew the line intended to represent the horizontal plane well below the external auditory meatus and the lower margin o f the nasal aperture (though it appears to be parallel to a line that could be drawn through these). In his posthum ous book! 187] he shows the skull of the orang-utan again, this time with the horizontal plane indicated in his standard way, and he gives the facial angles of this animal, of an unspecified monkey, and of certain races of man.

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