Quiller-Couch translates four French fairy tales into English, some of which are perennial favorites, witness Disney's animated rendering of Beauty and the Beast or Jean Cocteau's critically acclaimed film version of the tale. Other fairy tales included in this compilation are Charles Perrault's The Sleeping Beauty, Bluebeard, and Cinderella.
If you have an appetite for the occult, consider this a feast. All of the authors in this collection have penned tales that deal with the supernatural and the supernormal. These include two novellas, "The Great God Pan" by Arthur Machen and "The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood and 10 short stories.
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch established a reputation as a literary critic and editor, and was also a successful novelist. Yet Quiller-Couch was also interested in the unseen and unknown, and this prompted him to turn his hand, time and again, to write supernatural stories.The Seventh Man is considered one of the best of these stories. Six men are shipwreaked in the frozen North and about to give up hope when one of them spots a mysterious seventh man, one that the others cannot see.
This third and final collection of Classic Ghost Stories contains these chillers: "Mr. Justice Harbottle" by Joseph Sheridan Lefanu; "The Seventh Man" by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch; "Some Haunted Houses" by Ambrose Bierce; "Miss Dulane and My Lord" by Wilkie Collins; and more.
An absorbing set of stories set in Victorian and Edwardian London. Old Fags by Stacy Aumonier, The One Million Pound Bank Note by Mark Twain, The Omnibus by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, A Circular Tour by W. W. Jacobs, The Hired Baby by Marie Corelli, Juxtapositions by Stacy Aumonier, Mixed Relations by W. W. Jacobs, The Inconsiderate Waiter by J. M. Barrie, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Talking Horse by F. Anstey Guthrie, London Street Markets by Henry Mayhew,
In this "gentle ghost story", the ghost makes itself known in a most unusual way.
Six men, shipwrecked on the ice and trapped in their shack by the bitter Arctic winter, might be excused for beginning to "see" things. But how was it that they all saw the same thing - the mysterious stranger?
A moving story of a random act of kindness. Old Tom Pickford, an elderly clerk at Tweedie's warehouse, is moved by the sight of a young boy on a London omnibus who is about to embark on a new life at sea. His thoughts drift back to his own boyhood in the country, which he left behind long ago. A wonderful study in characterisation and nostalgia.