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COMPULSORY READING Ghost Stories RETOLD BY Rosemary Border ABOUT THE AUTHORS A M BURRAGE Alfred McLellan Burrage 1889-1956 was a well-known English novelist He enjoyed writing about ghosts and horror and produced two novels and many short stories in this genre Smee comes from his collection entitled Someone in the Room BRAM STOKER Stoker 1847-1912 has been called one of the least-known authors of the one of the best-known books As a child he enjoyed listening to and writing ghost stories and predicted that one day his writing would make him famous He worked as a lawyer editor and theatre manager and wrote novels short stories and non-fiction His most famous work is Dracula which has appeared in six film versions on television as a play and as a comic Dracula has never been out of print since it was published in 1899 A N L MUNBY Alan Noel Latimer Munby was born in England in 1913 and died in 1974 The son of an architect he studied history then trained as a librarian later becoming librarian at Kings College Cambridge where he had studied Munby was inspired by the writer M R James who was famous for his ghost stories for example The Unquiet Grave Munby wrote all his ghost stories between 1943 and 1945 while he was a prisoner of war in Eichst camp in Germany E F BENSON Edward Frederic Benson was born in 1867 to a distinguished English family his father was to become Archbishop of Canterbury He first worked as an archaeologist and later became a full-time writer He is best known for his Lucia stories which gave an amusing view of English village life full of jealousy plots whispers and gossip These stories were later very popular as a television series Benson was also successful in a very different area - ghost and horror stories He wrote a great number of these and preferred
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