By Hugh Lamb

Chosen from the works of yank, British, and French writers, 21 infrequent and seldom-anthologized tales contain "A Bottomless Grave" via Ambrose Bierce, "The send that observed a Ghost" through Frank Norris, man de Maupassant's "The Tomb," Richard Marsh's "The Haunted Chair," and different hard-to-find gemstones of the style.

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Regular breathing. Heavy. Deep. Chris shifted her glance around the room. Dim light from the hall fell pale and splintered on Regan's paintings; on Regan's sculptures; on more stuffed animals. Okay, Rags. Old mother's ass is draggin'. Say it. " And yet Chris knew it wasn't like her. The child had a shy and very diffident nature. Then who was the trickster? A somnolent mind imposing order on the rattlings of heating pipes or plumbing? Once, in the mountains of Bhutan, she had stared for hours at a Buddhist monk who was squatting on the ground in meditation.

Chris got up slowly. " Chris motioned at the mail. "You go on, then. " Sharon got up. "Oh, no, wait," Chris amended, remembering something. " The secretary reached for her dictation pad. " A whine of impatience. "Wait'll I comes down," Chris told Sharon. She started to leave the kitchen, but stepped as Sharon eyed her watch. "Gee; it's time for me to meditate, Chris," she said. Chris looked at her narrowly with mute exasperation. " It had started in Los Angeles with self-hypnosis, which then yielded to Buddhistic chanting.

Somethin'. You want to go see the sights? Hey, the cherry blossoms, maybe! That's right, they're out early! " "And tomorrow night a movie! " "You can bring Mr. " Chris pulled back for an appraisal. "Mr. " Chris chuckled. "No, it isn't okay. Honey, why would I want to bring Mr. " She made no answer. " Chris prodded her daughter. " It wasn't a question, but a sullen statement. Chris exploded into a laugh. "Oh, my baby, of course not! What on earth are you talking about? Mr. Dennings? " "I like pizzas, but I wouldn't ever marry one!

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