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Wilde’s first published story, The Canterville Ghost is a typical horror story with creaking floorboards, squeaking doors, mysteries, legends, and prophecies. There is a dead nobleman of course, who was starved to death by the kin of his wife whom he murdered. He now haunts his old castle and its ornate hallways and black oak panelled libraries to scare the family which has recently moved in.
What makes this book stand out?
Merging comic reliefs in the form of failed attempts by the ghost Sir Simon and portraying that even spirits might have emotions of various depths.
Read it for
Enjoying an authentic old English ghost story true to its haunting nature.
Don't read it for
If you do not like ghosts, spirits, and mystery that they bring along.