The Haunted House (in two chapters) by Charles Dickens (1859)
Tuesday’s Tale of Ghosts November 21, 2017
Have you ever thought of early morning as the most ghostly time? Dickens creates a spooky yarn in this odd story: a hooded woman with an owl, a one-eyed tramp named Joby, and a haunted house in the full of autumn. Perfect for a Thanksgiving ghostly read. Lively, Victorian, spooky storytelling, and compelling in this portmanteau style story.
“A house that was shunned by the village, to which my eye was guided by a church spire some half a mile off—a house that nobody would take. And the natural inference was, that it had the reputation of being a haunted house.”
So, our narrator gets his sister and friends to spend the night and discover the ghosts within. The thing about this story is that Dickens co-wrote it with five collaborators (Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins among them), for his weekly series in All the Year Round. The book has 8 chapters and each written by a different author.
The chapters in the book are the following: “The Mortals in the House” (Charles Dickens); “The Ghost in the Clock Room” (Hesba Stretton); “The Ghost in the Double Room” (George Augustus Sala); “The Ghost in the Picture Room” (Adelaide Anne Procter); “The Ghost in the Cupboard Room” (Wilkie Collins); “The Ghost in Master B’s Room” (Charles Dickens); “The Ghost in the Garden Room” (Elizabeth Gaskell); “The Ghost in the Corner Room” (Charles Dickens).
You can read Dickens’ two chapters The Mortals in the House and The Ghost in Master B’s Room here:
Read Dickens’ two chapters at Gutenberg.org
Listen to the audio (1 hour) on YouTube.com.
Check out the full book on Amazon.com.
“An idea, like a ghost … must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.” Charles Dickens
Biographical highlight: A Dinner at Popular Walk was Dickens’s first published story. It appeared in the Monthly Magazine in December 1833. He adopted the soon to be famous pseudonym Boz. Dickens’s first book, a collection of stories titled Sketches by Boz, was published in 1836.
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