Monday, October 27, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Join us for a spooky evening with local author Michael Sims on October 27 at 6pm. Just four days before Halloween, we will recount nineteenth-century ghost stories collected in Sims's new book, THE PHANTOM COACH: A CONNOISSEUR'S COLLECTION OF VICTORIAN GHOST STORIES.
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.
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.
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - August 26th, 2014
417 1/2 Beaver St
Sewickley, PA 15143-1502