Echoes
The essential collection of beloved ghost stories, compiled by the editor who helped define the genre—including stories from award-winning, bestselling authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Seanan McGuire, and Paul Tremblay.Everyone loves a good ghost story, especially Ellen Datlow—the most lauded editor in short works of supernatural suspense and dark fantasy. The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories is her definitive collection of ghost stories.These thirty stories, including all new works from New York Times bestselling authors Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Seanan McGuire, and Paul Tremblay, span from the traditional to the eclectic, from the mainstream to the literary, from pure fantasy to the bizarrely supernatural. Whether you’re reading alone under the covers with a flashlight, or around a campfire with a circle of friends, there’s something here to please—and spook—everyone.Contributors include: Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Vincent J. Masterson, A.C. Wise, M. Rickert, Seanan McGuire, Lee Thomas, Alison Littlewood, M.L. Siemienowicz, Richard Kadrey, Indrapramit Das, Richard Bowes, Nick Mamatas, Terry Dowling, Aliette de Bodard, Carole Johnstone, Dale Bailey, Stephen Graham Jones, Bracken MacLeod, Garth Nix, Brian Evenson, Jeffrey Ford, Gemma Files, Paul Tremblay, Nathan Ballingrud, Pat Cadigan, John Langan, Ford Madox Ford, F. Marion Crawford, Siobhan Carroll.

Echoes Details

TitleEchoes
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 20th, 2019
PublisherSaga Press
ISBN-139781534413474
Rating
GenreHorror, Short Stories, Anthologies, Paranormal, Ghosts, Fantasy, Fiction

Echoes Review

  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories by Ellen Datlow is a 2019 a Gallery / Saga Press publication. Halloween is just around the corner and of course it’s this time of the year when I usually find myself in the mood for a good old- fashioned ghost story. Yet, a good ghost story is hard to find sometimes. So, when I found this anthology in my cloud library, I checked it out on the spot. I was even more excited by the introduction, in which famed anthology editor, Ellen Datlow, commiserated Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories by Ellen Datlow is a 2019 a Gallery / Saga Press publication. Halloween is just around the corner and of course it’s this time of the year when I usually find myself in the mood for a good old- fashioned ghost story. Yet, a good ghost story is hard to find sometimes. So, when I found this anthology in my cloud library, I checked it out on the spot. I was even more excited by the introduction, in which famed anthology editor, Ellen Datlow, commiserated with those of us who are often disappointed by ‘ghost story’ compilations, which later turn out to be a catchall for anything that might fall into the realm of horror or the paranormal, but aren't exactly what one would call an authentic ghost story. So, I eagerly dived in, only to find that once again, a fair amount of these short stories, aren’t ghost stories, as I might define them. However, nearly all of them are weird tales or atmospheric mind-benders. I am not familiar with all the participating authors, but regular readers of horror novels might be. Paul Trembly gets the ball rolling, but other familiar names like Alice Hoffman and Joyce Carol Oates also contribute solid stories to this collection. “Must be This Tall to Ride” by Seanan McGuire is one of the shortest stories included but is one of the best. Something about carnivals are always spooky! The July Girls felt like more of a traditional ghost tale- which are my favorites, if I’m being honest. I also enjoyed “The Other Woman” by Alice Hoffman. As with many anthologies, especially compilations as large as this one, there are a few stories that left me scratching my head in confusion, or seemed to end too abruptly. However, most are contemporary, imaginative, and several were truly eerie, providing the chills and thrills a good ghost story should. If you are looking for a few supernatural flavored stories that you haven’t read or heard a thousand times before, this collection of original stories is one you’ll want to add to your Halloween reading list!! 3.5 rounded up.
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  • Karl
    January 1, 1970
    Contents:xii - Introduction by Ellen Datlow001 - “Ice Cold Lemonade 25ȼ Haunted House Tour: 1 Per Person” by Paul Tremblay029 - “Linger Longer” by Vincent J. Masterson053 - “Whimper Beg” by Lee Thomas085 - “The July Girls” by Alison Littlewood107 - “About the O’Dells” by Pat Cadigan141 - “A Hinterlands Haunting” by Richard Kadrey155 - “The Number of Things You Remember” by M. L. Siemienowicz181 - “Must Be This Tall” by Seanan McGuire191 - “The Surviving Child” by Joyce Carol Oates247 - “The Medi Contents:xii - Introduction by Ellen Datlow001 - “Ice Cold Lemonade 25ȼ Haunted House Tour: 1 Per Person” by Paul Tremblay029 - “Linger Longer” by Vincent J. Masterson053 - “Whimper Beg” by Lee Thomas085 - “The July Girls” by Alison Littlewood107 - “About the O’Dells” by Pat Cadigan141 - “A Hinterlands Haunting” by Richard Kadrey155 - “The Number of Things You Remember” by M. L. Siemienowicz181 - “Must Be This Tall” by Seanan McGuire191 - “The Surviving Child” by Joyce Carol Oates247 - “The Medium’s End” by Ford Madox Ford256 - “A Shade of Dusk” by Indrapramit Das286 - “Icarus Rising” by Richard Bowes300 - “The Puppet Motel” by Gemma Files340 - “Air Valve Semilunar Astern” by Nick Mamatas348 - “The Unwrapping” by Terry Dowling376 - “The Upper Berth” by F. Marion Crawford403 - “A Burning Sword for Her Cradle” by Aliette de Bodard428 “Precipice” by Dale Bailey457 - “The Shooter” by M. Rickert468 - “The Tree of Self-Knowledge” by Stephen Graham Jones500 - “The Other Woman” by Alice Hoffman505 - “The Loneliness of Not Being Haunted” by Bracken MacLeod525 - “Mee-Ow” by Garth Nix542 - “Jasper Dodd’s Handbook of Spirits and Manifestations” by Nathan Ballingrud576“His Haunting” Brian Evenson588 - “The Jeweled Wren” by Jeffrey Ford608 - “The Air, the Ocean, the Earth, the Deep” by Siobhan Carroll627 - “The Ghost Sequences” A. C. Wise653 - “Deep, Fast, Green” by Carole Johnstone682 - “Natalia, Queen of the Hungry Dogs” by John Langan 783 - About the Contributors
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  • Fiona
    January 1, 1970
    Ellen Datlow is one of the most reliable anthology editors working today - with a great focus on variety and storytelling, her anthologies have something for every reader. As with every collection of stories, that does mean that not every story will work for every reader, but most will find a good number to enjoy here.For me, this time, there were very few misses and a couple of big hits. With the misses, there weren't any stories I'd say I didn't enjoy reading - but the endings let them down. A Ellen Datlow is one of the most reliable anthology editors working today - with a great focus on variety and storytelling, her anthologies have something for every reader. As with every collection of stories, that does mean that not every story will work for every reader, but most will find a good number to enjoy here.For me, this time, there were very few misses and a couple of big hits. With the misses, there weren't any stories I'd say I didn't enjoy reading - but the endings let them down. Almost all of my misses had a kind of a "Lost" arc; very mysterious and intriguing beginning, decent storytelling throughout that kept me hooked, then an ending that just couldn't bring the loose ends together and so just sort of...stopped. The hits though, were pretty damn great - Natalya, Queen of the Hungry Dogs, by John Langan, is a very different take on a life long haunting, and a truly perfect story to close out the collection. About the O'Dells, by Pat Cadigan, was an unexpectedly delicious little morself of revenge, and didn't let things creep into being black and white, good and bad - instead keeping everything in shades of grey and doing so masterfully. And finally, The Puppet Motel by Gemma Files, had me so creeped out and on edge that I vowed (for the bajillionth time) to stop reading ghost stories when I can't sleep. It's my first from her and definitely won't be my last if I have my way.Overall, another solid collection, and definitely one that most readers should be able to find some spooky satisfaction in.
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  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    An anthology of ghost stories that includes Seanan McGuire!? Yep I’m in. *fingers crossed* for an ARC.
  • Autumn Is Azathoth
    January 1, 1970
    ECHOES is a top-of-the-line Anthology of Ghost Stories (all new except for three classic reprints) as curated by the inimitable anthologist and editor Ellen Datlow. She has superbly accomplished this collection. Every single story frightened me, made me ponder more deeply, inspired me to check out all these authors (30 in total)....and left me with nightmares and disturbed sleep. I love Ghost stories more than any other type, so I'm in hog heaven reading ECHOES.
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  • Becky Spratford
    January 1, 1970
    Star review in Booklist and on blog: https://raforall.blogspot.com/2019/07... Three Words That Describe This Book: full range of horror, modern ghost stories, coming of age themes
  • Pattyh
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview ECHOES - this is a collection of short stories - spooky, scary stories by some great writers.I usually don't go for this type of book, but I have changed my mind. Great collection and fun to read.4 stars - some are better than others, but all in all, this is a wonderful collection.
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  • Lallen
    January 1, 1970
    Very good collectionI have read several anthologies by Ellen Datlow and this has been my favorite. If one believes in ghosts, these are all believable. If one wants a scary ghost story there are several. If one wants to be on the edge there’s a story for you. I really liked them all.
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  • Kendra
    January 1, 1970
    A solid collection of ghost stories, old and new. As with all collections, some of the stories are more effective and better than others, but overall the mix is decent. This could serve as a good introduction to writers like Seanan McGuire, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, and Garth Nix for those not yet familiar with their work.
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  • J.D. DeHart
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not often much on horror or ghost stories, but the names in this collection of authors drew me in. Each tale painted its own atmosphere and many were quite clever. I appreciated this diverse anthology of stories.
  • Karin
    January 1, 1970
    There are 30 stories here and I had to make some choices.Of the 13 I picked all but one were good.Ms.Datlow consistently puts together really good anthologies,they have a permanent place on my shelves.
  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    Ghost stories are not my usual genre (even though I was born on Halloween), but this is a good collection of solid and diverse stories. Recommended for fans of eerie stories.I really appreciate the advanced copy for review!!
  • Maggie May
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Not quite as good as I have come to expect from an anthology edited by Ellen Datlow. There are some awesome stories, a few of them genuinely disturbing, but more than a couple are dead boring.
  • CloudOfThoughts_Books Keirstin
    January 1, 1970
    Echoes is a great novel full of ghost stories that do not disappoint! Such a chill and fun read! Definitely recommend this book. Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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