From the inside jacket:
For as long as people have told stories, they have been fascinated by ghosts, spectres, ghouls and demons. Mans mind is drawn irresistibly to the mysterious, down to the deepest recesses of fear... Here, in one value packed volume are 50 macabre masterpieces from the greatest practiciouners of British and American ghostly writing. All the most famous eras are represented: the 19th century fireside tales, the magazine pieces of Edwardian scholars, the nightmares of the leisured 20s through the manic visions of today. Richard Dalby's inspired selection of unusual stories by the celebrated and masterpieces by the specialists includes work by the great artists of the field: M.R. James, Edgar Allen Poe, Wilkie Collins, Algernon Blackwood, J Sheridan Le Fanu, william Hope Hodgson, and Amelia B Edwards. Also featured are classic authors such as Rudyard Kipling, D H Lawrence, Oscar Wildem Charles Dickens, Henry James and Mark Twain, and not forgetting modern masters like Ramsey Campbell, Karl Edward Wagner, Robert Aickman and Basil Copper.