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The Canterville Ghost


Oscar Wilde

The Canterville Ghost
average rating is 4 out of 5

Horror, Humour, Gothic, Supernatural

R. Alex Jenkins

I had a really good time with this surprisingly refreshing short story about a 300-year-old ghost that lives behind the wainscoting and haunts generations of undeserving residents because of his own sorry demise. It's practically a laugh a minute and Oscar Wilde does a brilliant job of mixing satire and comedy while poking fun at the entire horror genre.

The ghost goes from being miffed to utterly offended, becoming depressed and ultimately terrified at leaving his own room, instead trying to subsist as a non-entity that's no longer paid any serious attention to.

Thoroughly recommended as a quick, easy and ingenuous take on the horror genre, which, if done well, can be a clever mix of scares and humour. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson brought me here.

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