Ghost stories date back centuries, but those written in the Victorian era have a unique atmosphere and dark beauty. Michael Sims, whose previous Victorian collections Dracula's Guest (vampires) and The Dead Witness (detectives) have been widely praised, has gathered twelve of the best stories about humanity's oldest supernatural obsession. The Phantom Coach includes tales by a surprising, often legendary cast, from Charles Dickens and Margaret Oliphant to Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, and Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as well as lost gems by forgotten masters such as Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and W.F. Harvey. Amelia Edwards' chilling story gives the collection its title, while Ambrose Bierce ( The Moonlit Road ), Elizabeth Gaskell, ( The Old Nurse's Story ) and W. W. Jacobs ( The Monkey's Paw ) will turn you white as a sheet. With a skillful introduction to the genre and notes on each story by Michael Sims, The Phantom Coach is a spectacular collection of ghostly Victorian thrills.
About the Author
Michael Sims is the author of acclaimed nonfiction books The Adventures of Henry Thoreau, The Story of Charlotte's Web, Apollo's Fire: A Day on Earth in Nature and Imagination, and Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of Human Form. His anthologies include The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime, Dracula's Guest: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories, and The Dead Witness: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories. He lives in western Pennsylvania with his wife and son.
“Sims, editor of this brilliant collection, gathers stories of the undead written during what he loosely terms the Victorian era . . . the bloodsuckers presented here are predators who can be turned away only by Christian symbols, garlic, and little else. Do not expect sparkling Twilight vampires or even the good-guy types that sometimes appeared in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer franchise. An excellent addition to popular fiction and literature collections.” —Library Journal, starred review, on Dracula's Guest
“Dracula's Guest invokes the dangerous shadows of Victorian culture, those dark places where passion, terror, pathos, and sorrow mingle and merge. Gathering together canonical works along with less familiar knock-out masterpieces, Michael Sims has produced an anthology designed to keep us all up at night.” —Maria Tatar, professor and chair of the program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University, author of The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales and Enchanted Hunters, on Dracula's Guest