A Nice Little List of Ghost Stories (1949 – 2000) from The New Yorker

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For your reading pleasure this Halloween weekend, here is a selection of ghost stories from the archive. (I’d suggest starting with either the Collier or the Gallant, both of which are brief and eerie.)

  • “Mr. Mackenzie’s Last Hour,” by Sylvia Townshend Warner, March 5, 1949
  • “Invitation to a Ghost,” by Richard Lockridge, September 9, 1950
  • “Are You Too Late, Or Was I Too Early?,” by John Collier, April 14, 1951
  • “A Private Ghost,” by Joyce Cary, November 10, 1956
  • “Avizandum,” by Robert Henderson, September 2, 1967
  • “From the Fifteenth District,” by Mavis Gallant, October 30, 1978
  • “The Making of More Americans,” by Maxine Hong Kingston, February 11, 1980
  • “Carried Away,” by Alice Munro, October 21, 1991
  • “The Glass House,” by Chris Adrian, January 10, 2000
  • “The Juniper Tree,” by Lorrie Moore, January 17, 2005

The entire stories—and the complete archives of The New Yorker, back to 1925—are available to digital subscribers. (Non-subscribers can purchase the individual digital issues.)

Courtesy: Jon Michaud, a novelist and head librarian at The Center for Fiction.

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