The Phantom Coach

  • by Michael Sims
  • Narrated by Matthew Waterson
  • 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A spine-tingling new collection of the best Victorian ghost stories—as suspenseful and entertaining as anything written today.
Ghost stories date back centuries, but those written in the Victorian era have a unique atmosphere and dark beauty. Michael Sims, whose previous Victorian collections Dracula’s Guest (vampires) and The Dead Witness (detectives) have been widely praised, has gathered twelve of the best stories about humanity’s oldest supernatural obsession. The Phantom Coach includes tales by a surprising and often legendary cast, including Charles Dickens, Margaret Oliphant, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, and Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as lost gems by forgotten masters such as Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and W. F. Harvey. Amelia B. Edwards’s chilling story gives the collection its title, while Ambrose Bierce ("The Moonlit Road"), Elizabeth Gaskell ("The Old Nurse’s Story"), and W. W. Jacobs ("The Monkey’s Paw") will turn you white as a sheet. With a skillful introduction to the genre and notes on each story by Sims, The Phantom Coach is a spectacular collection of ghostly Victorian thrills.

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The Classics That Haunt You Forever

Nobody does classic ghost stories like the Victorians. Nobody. These stories aren't necessarily scary, especially by today's standards, but they are beautifully written masterpieces by some of the greatest writers that ever dipped a pen into ink. The variety of authors and prose styles presented here is nothing less than impressive to me. I would love to see an additional anthology or two in this series just on account, because this collection just barely scratches the surface of what I know to be out there.
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- Troy

Excellent Narration and Great Selection of Stories

I was pleasantly surprised with this collection of Victorian ghost stories! Michael Sims is an excellent narrator and I enjoyed listening to his voice and various character accents. By far my favourites are The Old Nurse's Story and The Captain of the Pole-Star. Here's what you get on the audiobook:

The Old Nurse’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards
The Trial for Murder by Charles Dickens
The Captain of the “Pole-Star” by Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Edmund Orne by Henry James
The Yellow Sign by Robert W. Chambers
The Library Window by Margaret Oliphant
The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs
The Southwest Chamber by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
“They” by Rudyard Kipling
The Moonlit Road by Ambrose Bierce
August Heat by W. F. Harvey

A highly recommended audiobook for those looking for some great classic ghost stories!
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- Robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-26-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury