WANDERING GHOSTS. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1911. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v [vi] [1-2] 3-302 [303-311: ads] [312-314: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], inserted frontispiece with illustration by M. Leone Bracker, original dark green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, rear panel stamped in blind. First U.S. edition. The major collection of Crawford's weird tales, issued two weeks earlier in Britain as UNCANNY TALES. "... Crawford's reputation rests mostly on his short horror fiction, collected posthumously as WANDERING GHOSTS ... but written mostly in the 1890s. Paramount among them is the tale of the suicide-haunted stateroom, 'The Upper Berth,' one of the most reprinted of all ghost stories. Others are the vampire story 'For the Blood is Life,' and ghost tales 'The Screaming Skull' and 'The Dead Smile.' Crawford has a skill for raising his fiction to heights of terrifying power and he ranks almost unequaled among the masters of fear." - Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 59. "... legendary collection of ghost and horror stories ... [Crawford's] short stories ... rank among the best in weird fiction." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 100-01. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-17. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 448. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, pp. 2054-58. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-63. Bleiler (1978), p. 52. Reginald 03546. BAL 4249. Small early owner's name and address rubber stamped on front paste-down. Cloth rubbed at spine ends and corners, a bright, very good copy. (#155514).
"Published March, 1911" on copyright page.