• Title: Hauntings: Is There Anybody There?
  • Author: Norah Lofts
  • ISBN: 9780385035606
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. DNF.I'm aware that Lofts' novel Gad's Hall is considered a modern classic in the haunted house genre, but this collection didn't impress me. At all. There was no set-up to any of the characters, all of whom sounded the same, & the stories themselves never really went anywhere. Even the longer offerings felt like unfinished vignettes. I read 6 stories total (roughly half the book). Of those, only 2 were actual haunting and/or residual paranormals. Another centered around a faked haunting & [...]

    2. 'A ghostly caress in an empty roomA rush of emotions not entirely one's ownA mysterious presence on a dark staircase' This book is a collection of twelve ghost stories written by an author known for her bestselling historical romance novels, who has "an obsession about houses" and a love of ghost stories. Now, with this book she has combined her two passions with chilling success.I really enjoyed reading this book. It wasn't the scariest book I have ever read, perhaps, but it was certainly worth [...]

    3. Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books1 star This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.2 stars This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.3 stars This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.4 stars I really [...]

    4. Read this twice now and enjoyed it both times. I think my favorites are the man who spends the night at an old hotel that does not exist and the man who has to buy the haunted house without his wife knowing as she is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The second one is called The Watchers but I forget the title of the missing hotel at the moment.

    5. From my understanding, Nora Lofts wasn't often a writer in the realm of the paranormal. Nevertheless, "Hauntings," echoes back works by such authors as Shirley Jackson and Arthur Machen. It was an excellent book.

    6. I like some of Norah Lofts' books, but this one is not so much ghost stories, but seems like a handful of odd ideas that don't have much plot or lead anywhere, so (the long-dead) Lofts decided to lump them all into a little volume and label it supernatural. Disappointing overall.

    7. Copyright 1965, my copy is from 1974. There are 12 short stories that focus on ghosts. I first read this book as a teenager, next as a young adult.I just finished reading it for the 3rd time. With the perspective of an older adult, this book was interesting. There's only a few of the stories that actually have ghosts. Most are psychological in nature. Pesticide would have made a good Alfred Hitchcock story. I liked Mr. Edward & A Visit To Claudia. These actually have a ghost. My favorite is [...]

    8. On the bookshelf at Powell's, the world's best book store, is a very used copy of a book by one of my favorite authors which I don't remember. At $3 I have to buy it and read it immediately. Ms. Lofts knows how to write a pithy short story. These are ghost stories or just odd moments. Loved all the old houses and the ways that human beings understand their lives. It goes to the beach house book shelf.

    9. The best stories are toward the beginning of the collection. Most have a similar tone and point of view so it's not a book you want to read all at once.

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