"Ethan Brand" by Nathaniel Hawthorne: A lime-burner and his young son encounter the man searching for the Unpardonable Sin.
"The Yellow Sign" by Robert W. Chambers: Using the rich gothic language of Poe, the author creates a similar shocking effect.
"The Oval Portrait" by Edgar Allan Poe: A painter exchanges the life of his young bride for the painted image.
"The Upper Berth" by F. Marion Crawford: Apparent suicides on board a ship lead to uncanny supernatural conclusions.
"An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce: One of the most famous short stories ever written.
"The very best in its genre." (School Library Journal)
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worth checking out
This is such a good, though small, compilation of classic short stories. While I'm not a fan of all of the choices this is definitely worth checking out. The narration by Geraint Wyn Davies is very good. One problem with the production is that there is hardly a break between stories so that they practically run into each other. There are longer pauses in the middle of stories. Ethan Brand, 2 stars. It starts out so good, and goes nowhere unexpected.. The Yellow Sign, 4 stars. Excellent, subtly menacing. The Oval Portrait, 3 stars. Very short and simple. The Upper Berth, 5 stars. A classic for a reason. This is a perfect ghost story. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, 5 stars. Genius.