Ghosts and Grisly Things

Ramsey Campbell

Tor Books



Trade Paperback

320 Pages



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Ramsey Campbell's novels have justly won him acclaim as one of the best horror and suspense writers of today. But throughout his career, Campbell has likewise written equally insightful and terrifying short fiction.

Ghosts and Grisly Things is a collection of the best of Campbell's short stories, all of which were composed over the past two decades. The book also features an Introduction by the author and concludes with "Ra*e," a story that is here appearing in print for the first time.


Praise for Ghosts and Grisly Things

"[This book] showcases Campbell's gift for a sense of understated, slowly growing supernatural menace . . . Ghosts and Grisly Things is grim, grown-up horror."—The Washington Post

"Campbell's short stories continue to shape and expand the vocabulary of horror fiction. [This collection] conjures nightmares from the most unlikely raw material."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This is Campbell at his best."—Kirkus Reviews

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The day my father is to take me where the lepers used to live is hotter than ever. Even the old women with black scarves wrapped around their heads sit inside the bus station instead of on the chairs outside the tavernas. Kate fans herself with her straw hat like a basket someone's sat on and gives my father one of those smiles they've made up between them. She's leaning forwards to see if that's our bus when he says "Why do you think they call them lepers, Hugh?"
I can hear what he's going to say, but I have to humour him. "I don't know."
"Because they
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  • Ramsey Campbell

  • A three-time winner of the World Fantasy Award and an eight-time winner of the British Fantasy Award, Ramsey Campbell has won more major literary awards than any other living author of horror or dark fantasy. His classic novels include The Face That Must Die, The Doll Who Ate His Mother, and The Influence, and his short story collection, Scared Stiff, virtually established the subgenre of erotic horror.
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