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Humorous Ghost Stories

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Published: 1921
Language: English
Wordcount: 99,126 / 283 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 65.7
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 3,868
Added to site: 2008.10.22 22436

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 / Théophile Gautier
The rival ghosts / Brander Matthews
The water ghost of Harrowby Hall / by John Kendrick Bangs
Back from that bourne / Anonymous
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.

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home of the American Minister to the Court of St. James.


The Canterville Ghost



When Mr. Hiram B. Otis, the American Minister, bought Canterville Chase, everyone told him he was doing a very foolish thing, as there was no doubt at all that the place was haunted. Indeed, Lord Canterville himself, who was a man of the most punctilious honor, had felt it his duty to mention the fact to Mr. Otis when they came to discuss terms.

"We have not cared to live in the place ourselves," said Lord Canterville, "since my grand-aunt, the Dowager Duchess of Bolton, was frightened into a fit, from which she never really recovered, by two skeleton hands being placed on her shoulders as she was dressing for dinner, and I feel bound to tell you, Mr. Otis, that the ghost has been seen by several living members of my family, as well as by the rector of the parish, the Rev. Augustus Dampier, who is a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. After the unf

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