The Ghost Quartet

Edited by Marvin Kaye, with stories by Orson Scott Card, Marvin Kaye, Tanith Lee and Brian Lumley

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Do you believe in ghosts?

You will after reading these original short novels from four of today’s best writers of the fantastic.

Brian Lumley, a Grand Master of Horror and author of the popular Necroscope series, opens the collection with the tense “A Place of Waiting.” The moors of Devon, England, are home to many ghosts, but none as fearsome as the red-eyed specter that refuses to accept his death. His only chance of release, however, comes at a terrible cost.

Orson Scott Card puts a new spin on one of literature’s most famous ghosts in “Hamlet’s Father.” What if the former King of Denmark was not killed by his treacherous brother for his crown, but by someone entirely unexpected as punishment for the darkest of crimes? Would his troubled son still seek revenge?

The patrons of an Edinburgh tavern are introduced to a beverage with an unusual history in “The Haunted Single Malt” by Marvin Kaye, a clever and spooky story about ghost stories and the people who love them.

Tanith Lee offers “Strindberg’s Ghost Sonata,” a chilling tale set in an alternate Russia. When a poor man is rescued from certain death by hospitable strangers, he discovers that he is not a guest in their haunted tenement building--he is a prisoner destined to become a sacrifice.  

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Chapter One

I sit here by our swimming pool, with one eye on my son in the water and the other on the seagulls lazily drifting, circling on high. Actually they're not just drifting; they're climbing on thermals off the nearby fields, spiraling up to a certain height from which they know they can set off south across the bay on their long evening glide to Brixham to meet the fishing boats coming in to harbour. And never once having beaten a wing across all those miles, just gliding, they'll be there in plenty of time to beg for sprats as the fish are unloaded.

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Praise for The Dragon Quintet

“Dazzling. . . . None of the stories ever falters, and each puts forth a very different, entirely compelling view of dragons.”--Booklist

“These five excellent tales from five of the top writers in the genre show just how diverse these stories and the dragons that populate them can be.”--The News-Star, Monroe, LA

“These five novellas will thrill fantasy fans.”--VOYA


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Edited by Marvin Kaye, with stories by Orson Scott Card, Marvin Kaye, Tanith Lee and Brian Lumley

MARVIN KAYE is the author and editor of more than forty books. He lives in New York, New York.

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The Ghost Quartet
Edited by Marvin Kaye, with stories by Orson Scott Card, Marvin Kaye, Tanith Lee and Brian Lumley

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
September 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429953351
ISBN10: 1429953357
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$7.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
September 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765312525
ISBN10: 0765312522
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$17.99
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