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Although James was American-born, he was an Englishman by preference, and many of his stories, including The Turn of the Screw, take place in England. For other ghost stories that take place in England, a good introduction is The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories, edited by Michael Cox and R. A. Gilbert and published by Oxford University Press (1989). This massive anthology includes forty-two stories, written between 1829 and 1968, from such literary greats as Walter Scott, Bram Stoker, Rudyard Kipling and Edith Wharton.
One of the most enduring English stories involving ghosts is Charles Dickens's holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol, first published in 1843, concerning the famous three ghosts—The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present, and The Ghost of Christmas Future, along with the ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge's friend, Jacob Marley. Together, the three ghosts warm the frigid heart of Scrooge, who realizes the error of his miserly ways. A current version of the short novel was printed in 1999 and is available from Bantam Classics.
Voices of Madness, 1683-1796, edited by Allan Ingram, collects four texts written in Britain in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. All four authors—one woman, three men—were regarded as insane, and their narratives tell of their experiences, including their treatment by others. The book was published by Sutton Publishing in 1997.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1819), Washington Irving's classic tale of American horror, features a timid teacher, Ichabod Crane, who encounters The Headless Horseman, a spooky ghost in the backwoods of rural New York. The story is available in a 1999 edition from Penguin USA.
Like The Turn of the Screw, which was written a year later, James's What Maisie Knew (1897) fell into the part of his career when he was experimenting with new writing techniques. In the case of the latter novel, James also creates a sense of ambiguity. In this case, the confusion comes from the thoughts of Maisie Farange, an adolescent girl who witnesses her parents getting divorced and remarrying, and slowly comes to understand the greater moral issues involved in all of these relationships. The book is available in a 1998 edition from Oxford University Press.
One of the undisputed masters of the supernatural was Edgar Allan Poe whose chilling tales have delighted readers for ages. In Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems (2001), one can see why. Along with the perennial favorite stories, such as "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Fall of the House of Usher," and "The Pit and the Pendulum," the collection includes little-known works like "The Angel of the Odd," as well as Poe's famous poem "The Raven."
Through extensive interviews, research, and documentary photos, Leslie Rule's Coast to Coast Ghosts: True Stories of Hauntings across America, details some of the nation's spookiest locations. Written in a conversational style, Rule's book was published by Andrews McMeel Publishing in 2001.